raidergirl3's Orange 2014
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I'm going to still keep track of the Orange (Women's Prize for Fiction) in my own post. I"m not sure how much I'll read this year, but I like making the lists, and if the longlist this year is good, I'll keep track here of my reads. As usual, I'm listing books so I can keep track of the ones I already own, and ROOT out.
Books in my house
Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel (2006 short list)
Love Marriage by VV Ganeshananthen (2009 longlist)
Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff (2008 new writers SL)
Library/Books I'd like to read
This is How, by M.J. Hyland (2010 longlist)
Secret Son, by Laila Lalami (2010 longlist)
Black Water Rising by Attica Locke (2010 shortlist)
The Observations, by Jane Harris (2007 shortlist)
Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai (2007 shortlist)
Audrey Magee, The Undertaking
Eimear McBride, A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing
Suzanne Berne, The Dogs of Littlefield
Fatima Bhutto, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon
Lea Carpenter, Eleven Days
M.J. Carter, The Strangler Vine
Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries
Deborah Kay Davies, Reasons She Goes to the Woods
Elizabeth Gilbert, The Signature of All Things
Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers
Charlotte Mendelson, Almost English
Evie Wyld, All The Birds, Singing
The List to Rank; http://www.librarything.com/list/9446/all/Your-favorite-books-from-the-2014-Bail...
The Long Song by Andrea Levy (2010 Longlist)
The Bear by Claire Cameron (2014 Longlist)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (2014 Longlist)
The Burgess Boys by Elizabet Strout (2014 Shortlist)
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (2014 shortlist)
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood (2014 longlist) audiobook
May We Be Forgiven AM Homes (2013 winner)
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (2014 shortlist)
Still Life With Bread Crumbs (2014 longlist)
Like you I enjoy making lists also. I don't always stick to them but I enjoy making them. :-)
Good luck & I hope you enjoy the Oranges you do read this year.
I've read 2, Americaneh and The Bear.
Some long books on that list, The Goldfinch, which I just got the other day from a friend, and the Luminaries, which I can't decide if I want to read, The Signature of All things (501 pages)
I've got a few requested from the library now: The Burgess Boys (which I've wanted to read for a while anyway. I loved Olive Kitteredge) All the Birds, Singing (on order), Burial Rites (#11 on list, it's on order) Still Life with Bread Crumbs (#14 on list)
I also have wanted to read The Lowland and The Goldfinch, and will eventually get to Maddaddam.
Any one have any suggestions of what they've already read and loved?
>nickelini It's funny how some titles just call to you. I was surprised how many books I half recognized on the long list. Many of the books are available already.
Americanah, because I find this author quite brilliant,
Eleven Days as I read a lot of books on mental illness, PTSD & the sort,
The Undertaking, perhaps and most probably
Anna Quindlen's Still Life with Bread Crumbs because what is not to love about any Quindlen work.
The remainder will most likely wait for another year as I have a lot of Orange books on my shelves to read to fulfill Orange July & Darryl's 'an Orange a month' challenge.
I hope you enjoy the ones you choose to read.
Most of the characters were okay, like Boris and the furniture guy, but only from Theo's eyes, so they weren't that developed. There was a lot of potential, and some parts read quickly, but it didn't do much for me, and after the fact, all the annoyances are seeming even bigger.
Then, other authors just seem to match your brain. I'm halfway through The Burgess Boys and Elizabeth Strout isn't disappointing. I loved Olive Kitteridge though, so am really not surprised.
It's surprising and fun to me how two people can look at the same lists and come out with completely different books. I've had to chase down some of the ones you have listed above because I just never noticed them. Thanks!
(This is How, for example!). I did read Love Marriage, and I'm sorry to say that it was my first Orange that I thought didn't really deserve a nod - not bad; just not prize worthy, I thought. OH well.
I'm still on the list at the library for a couple more from this year's list: Burial Rites and Still Life with Bread Crumbs.
I liked it better than The Goldfinch, especially as an American story and comment on the American Dream. I was actually a little indifferent about the story until the last 100 pages, and then I really liked how it all came together. The beginning had such tragedy that I couldn't imagine it ending well, but it took turns I did not see coming.
That makes 3 Bailey books this month, and I am picking up Burial Rites at the library tomorrow.
@raidergirl aka Elizabeth, I read May We Be Forgiven last year and though it was way out of my usual reading experience, I really enjoyed it.
There's another 2014 longlisted on its way to me from the library - Still Life with Breadcrumbs. The library is getting ahead of my reading, argh. But my reward tonight for getting 2 (two!) sets of physics labs corrected is a spell with Burial Rites on my deck. It actually hit over 20 degrees today. First time this year. Really. Yesterday started out okay, but by the time we were at a picnic with my daughter's ringette team at an outdoor laser tag party in the afternoon, it was freezing out! Of course, no one was dressed for below 10 degrees (C) because it was MAY 31st!
The sun and my book is calling.
In other news, I really liked Burial Rites. (Alias Grace + Kristin Lavransdatter + Indridason, thanks AnneDC for describing it that way: perfect!)
Picked up Still Life With Breadcrumbs which looks like an easy read. Hopefully, because it is just 7 day loan from library.
I ended up really liking Still Life with Breadcrumbs in a quiet sort of way. Nice female lead character dealing with her life and choices at 60ish.
After a few more reads this month (Road Ends and The Rosie Project) I may look for an Orange from my shelves.
I didn't end up loving The Goldfinch either. I got tired of it and the writing too. In fact, I haven't read an Orange/Bailey nominee that I thought was prize worthy for several years. Boo. Hiss.