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1001 Books Round-Up March 2023


The image might have given it away…I only managed one 1001 books this month.

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The Official Booker International Longlist

BI 2023

Let the Reading begin:

  • Boulder by Eva Baltasar, translated by Julia Sanches
  • Whale by Cheon Myeong-Kwan, translated by Chi-Young Kim
  • The Gospel According to the New World by Maryse Condé, translated by Richard Philcox
  • Standing Heavy by GauZ, translated by Frank Wynne
  • Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov, translated by Angela Rodel
  • Is Mother Dead by Vigdis Hjorth, translated by Charlotte Barslund
  • Jimi Hendrix Live in Lviv by Andrey Kurkov, translated by Rueben Woolley
  • The Birthday Party by Laurent Mauvignier, translated by Daniel Levin Becker
  • While We Were Dreaming by Clemens Meyer, translated by Katy Derbyshire
  • Pyre by Perumal Murugan, translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan
  • Still Born by Guadalupe Nettel, translated by Rosalind Harvey
  • A System so Magnificent It Is Blinding by Amanda Svensson, translated by Nichola Smalley
  • Ninth Building by Zou Jingzhi, translated by Jeremy Tiang

What do you think of the list? Let us know.

Booker International Longlist 2023 Our Predictions

Where has the year gone I blinked and it is already time for the Booker International Longlist to be announced.

Ahead of tomorrow’s official list here are our predictions.

BookWorm: I have absolutely no clue so this is a total stab in the dark

  1. Cherries on a Pomegranate Tree Li Er
  2. Daughters Beyond Command Véronique Olmi
  3. Our Share of Night Mariana Enríquez
  4. Nights of Plague Orhan Pamuk
  5. Space Invaders Nona Fernández
  6. Ghost Town kevin Chen
  7. Is There Rush Hour in a Third World Country? Rogelio Braga
  8. The Disappearance of Josef Mengele Olivier Guez
  9. A Mountain to the North, A Lake to The South, Paths to the West, A River to the East László Krasznahorkai
  10. Whale Cheon Myeong-Kwan
  11. The Lost Spell Yismake Worku
  12. Weasels in the Attic Hiroko Oyamada

Tracy: In no particular order

  1. Pachinko Parlour- Elisa Shua Dusapin tr. Aneesa Abbas Higgins
  2. Still Born- Guadeloupe Nettel tr. Rosalind Harvey
  3. Ninth Building- Zou Jingzhi tr. Jeremy Tiang
  4. Identitti- Mithu Sanyal tr. Alta Price
  5. Thirsty Sea- Erica Mou tr. Clarissa Botsford
  6. Two Sherpas- Sebastian Martinez Daniell tr. Jennifer Croft
  7. Whale- Cheon Myeong-Kwan tr. Chi-Young Kim
  8. Stolen- Ann-Helen Laestadius tr. Rachel Willson-Broyles
  9. Thread Ripper- Amalie Smith tr. Jennifer Russell
  10. Ada’s Realm- Sharon Dodua Otoo tr. Jon Cho-Polizzi
  11. Wake Me Up at Nine in the Morning- A Yi  tr. Nicky Harman
  12. Farewell Fountain Street- Selcuk Altun tr. Mel Kenne and Nilgun Dungan

Rachel’s Predictions:

  1. Body Kintsugi by Senka Marić, tr. Celia Hawkesworth
  2. Of Saints and Miracles by Manuel Astur tr. Claire Wadie
  3. Still Born by Guadalupe Nettel, tr. Rosalind Harvey
  4. The Private Lives of Trees by Alejandro Zambra tr. Megan McDowell
  5. Tell Me About It by Sacha Naspini, tr. Clarissa Botsford
  6. Whale by Cheon Myeong-Kwan, tr. Chi-Young Kim
  7. Greek Lessons by Han Kang, tr. Deborah Smith and Emily Yae-Won
  8. Is There Rush Hour in a Third World Country by Rogelio Braga, te. Kristine Ong Muslim
  9. Call Me Cassandra by Marcial Gala, tr. Anna Kushner
  10. Salt Crystals by Cristina Bendek, tr. Robin Myers
  11. So Distant from My Life by Monique Ilboudo, tr. Yarri Kamara
  12. Thread Ripper by Amalie Smith, tr. Jennifer Russel
  13. Chinatown by Thuan, tr. Nguyen An Li

Which books do you think will make it?

A Spell of Good Things by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀


A Spell of Good Things by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀
UK Publication: Feb 2023
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Rating: [★★★]

This ARC was provided by Canongate (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

One word review – Ouch

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Love Will Tear Us Apart by C K McDonnell


Love Will Tear Us Apart by C K McDonnell
UK Publication: Feb 2023
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Rating: [★★★★]

This ARC was provided by Random House UK (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

Two Word Review – Read it! 5 Word Review What Are You Waiting For?

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1001 Books Round-up February 2023


Just the one this month but was it a winner or loser?

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Read Around the World February 2023 – Scotland


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February 2023 and we are off to the beautiful Scottish Isles….

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This Charming Man by C K McDonnell


This Charming Man by C.K. McDonnell
UK Publication: Feb 2023
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Rating: [★★★]

This ARC was provided by Random House UK (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

One word review – Charmed

Synopsis from Goodreads: Vampires do not exist. Everyone knows this. So it’s particularly annoying when they start popping up around Manchester .

Nobody is pleased about it. Not the Founders, the secret organisation for whom vampires were invented as an allegory, nor the Folk, the magical people hidden in plain sight who only want a quiet life. And definitely not the people of Manchester, because there is nothing more irksome than being murdered by an allegory run amok. Somebody needs to sort this out fast before all Hell really breaks loose – step forward the staff of The Stranger Times.

It’s not like they don’t have enough to be dealing with. Assistant Editor Hannah has come back from getting messily divorced to discover that someone is trying to kidnap a member of their staff and while editor Vincent Banecroft would be delighted to see the back of any of his team, he doesn’t like people touching his stuff – it’s the principle of the thing.

Throw in a precarious plumbing situation, gambling debts, an entirely new way of swearing, and a certain detective inspector with what could be kindly referred to as ‘a lot of baggage’ and it all adds up to another hectic week in the life of the newspaper committed to reporting the truth that nobody else will touch.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed book 1 in this series so you will be glad to know that I also enjoyed book 2 and already have book 3 ready to go very soon.

The madcap humour continues as Manchester is plagued by supernatural happenings and non-existent beings. The reader is given more background into the accord between The Founders and the Folk and the idea that things are not as they should be and that events will soon start ramping us is there subtly ticking away in the background.

Victor has found an ingenious way to get around Grace’s swearing ban and it is an idea I intend to steal if a swear box should ever appear in the office!

It was great to catch up with the crew of the Stranger Times and even better to meet new characters my favourites being Cogs and Zeke. While this may be a humorous, supernatural adventure story, it is also a story with a lot of heart as our favourite newspaper employees come to realise they are more to each other than just colleagues and that while Banecroft may be the foul mouthed boss from hell there is actually more to him as well. Just don’t tell anyone.

Favourite Quotes:

“Only in Manchester could hot weather in summer be classed as unseasonable”

“The Jag was a ‘classic’ which meant it looked good but had none of the fixtures and fittings, such as air-con, that actually made a car comfortable.”

“Obviously put your hands in the air, and then, don’t move. There was an Oxford comma between the two actions, implying a list of events happening in sequence.”

“The sex shop was gone, replaced by an estate agents. Ox couldn’t help but think that if anything, this development had lowered the tone of the area.”

“You think you’re the first sleazy arsehole I’ve met in my life? I used to edit a tabloid newspaper.”

Who would like this? I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed book 1, anyone who enjoys English humour and those who like the supernatural.

Brutes by Dizz Tate


Brutes by Dizz Tate
UK Publication: February 2023
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Rating: [★★★]

This ARC was provided by Faber (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

One word review – Brutal

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Fire Rush by Jacqueline Crooks


Fire Rush by Jacqueline Crooks
UK Publication: March 2023
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Rating: [★★★]

This ARC was provided by Vintage (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

One word review -authentic

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