Well I think we can honestly say that list took us all by surprise.
It is time for us to test our judging skills in the free for all that is known as the shortlist predictions. So who do we think will make it?
And that ladies and gentlemen is a wrap. We have successfully managed between us to read every book from the longlist. For our final review and rating I will hand you over to RachelO.
Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore
UK Publication Date: 31st March 2020
This ARC was provided by Fourth Estate (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.
Welcome to Texas the year is 1976 and Odessa stands on the brink of an oil boom where men will make and lose their fortunes, but what about the women?
Book 12 – This was the one the panellist were most excited about however due to publication dates, finances and Coronavirus only Bookworm has managed to read this so far. So did it live up to expectations?
As the map might suggestion our visit this month was to the Republic or Ireland.(Northern Ireland is still waiting for the randomiser to choose it)
Fun facts about Ireland from this website – some of these cover Northern Ireland as well..
I choose to visit Ireland via The Heather Blazing by Colm Tóibín the story takes place in Dublin and Wexford and switches between the past and present as the reader is given the life story of a prominent judge in Ireland’s high court.
This was a 3 star read for me I enjoyed the build up as we are slowly shown the events that lead to Eamon Redmond being a high court judge and the events unfolding around him in the present day.
Throughout the book it is clear that Eamon is a man in love with the law and the guidance of society while not actually really connecting with the people who form that society including his own family. The book really tugs on the heartstrings when the reader realises the extent to which Eamon has essentially isolated himself even within his own marriage.
While I enjoyed the book I didn’t love it and I found the ending to be puzzling, hopeful yes but definitely puzzling in terms of what had come before.
Other readers read the following: Simona on Litsy – Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney and gave this a pick and 4 stars.
Currey on Litsy – Girl by Edna O’Brien a pick.
Did you join the trip this month? Let us know in comments what books you choose.
Next month we are off to Colombia will you be joining us and what will you read? I really need recommendations!
Book 11 and once again it’s over to Tracy for reviews and ratings.
Book number 10 tackled by Bookworm, Tracy and Emily.
Book 9 and this time RachelO was the one to take it for the team..