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2018 Man Booker Longlist: The Mars Room

Next up for our Man Booker shadow panel is The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner.

Five of our panelists read this book and we were all pretty split. Two of us liked it, two of us didn’t, and one fell in the middle. Here are our reviews. Read more

Man Booker Longlist: Sabrina

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And we are officially off and running with our Man Booker shadow panel reviews. First up is Sabrina, the first graphic novel ever nominated for the prize. Over the next month we’ll be posting reviews for each of the Man Booker longlist books. We hope you join us in reading the books and make sure to comment with your thoughts about each book

Four of our panelists read this book. Here are our reviews. Read more

2018 Man Booker Longlist

The longlist was released today at midnight in the UK. Well, technically the Guardian accidentally posted the list earlier in the afternoon. Check out which books made the list and how our judges did with their predictions. Read more

2018 Man Booker longlist: Our predictions

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It’s that time of year again! My personal favorite of time for our blog: Man Booker season!! The 2018 Man Booker longlist will be announced on July 24. Those of you who follow our blog know that we are obsessed with the Man Booker and for the last three years, BW and I have tried to read our way through the entire long list in order to make our predictions.

For those of you who don’t know, the Man Booker Prize is a major literary award that is awarded to “the best novel in the opinion of the judges.” The prize was created to “increase the reading quality of fiction” and “attract the intelligent general audience.” Each year the panel of 5 judges selects a longest of 12-13 books they consider to be the best books of the year. Books must be first published in English by a registered imprint in UK or Ireland and must have a publication date from October of the prior year through September of the current year.

Our shadow panel of judges returns this year and once again is comprised of BW and myself along with our four contributors: Nicole, Lisa, Anita, and Andrew (you can read more about them in our “about” section).  Book Worm and I will be attempting to read all the nominated books before the shortlist is announced and our four contributors will be helping out along the way.

Each panel member has made predictions for which books will make the longlist. Panelists were able to nominate up to 13 books for the list but some chose to nominate fewer. Here are our thoughts and predictions: Read more

There There by Tommy Orange

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There There is a book that will stay with me for a long time. It’s getting a lot of critical acclaim and will likely be a much discussed book among readers this year. Here’s what I thought… Read more

Sight by Jessie Greengrass

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This Wednesday, our Man Booker shadow panel will be releasing our 2018 longest predictions. Sight by Greengrass has been getting some buzz and made it onto the Women’s Fiction shortlist. Contributor Nicole and I both read the book in anticipation that it might make the list. Keep reading to find out what we thought. Read more

And we are off…

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And we are off to Europe!! Participants may start their reading. All updates will be posted on the challenge page so make sure to check in regularly. Mini challenges may be posted at anytime to let you accrue additional points. I’ll also post updates on Litsy, Goodreads, and Twitter.

Make sure that you update your threads regularly to let us know where you are. You are considered to be in a country once you begin your book for that country. Mini challenges require you be in a specific country to get the points so you’ll need to update us in order to claim the points.

Remember that each week we will select a participant to win an extra point for creativity!

Haven’t joined? There is still time if you are interested. Check out the challenge page for more information!

Summer Reading Challenge: Backpack through Europe

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We are back with a new summer reading challenge complete with some awesome prizes!  Last year we did a reading road trip through the United States. This year, we’ll be backpacking through Europe and we hope you join us!  Read more

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

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I don’t typically like celebrity books and I don’t read much in the way of memoirs or comedy books. However, Ron Swanson is one of my all time favorite TV characters and I pretty much love everything about Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. So, I broke my literary fiction trend and picked up this celebrity memoir at Book Expo this year. Read more

May Monthly Recap

pile-of-booksIt’s time for our May monthly recap – a few days late since I was away at Book Expo for the last several days. Find out which books were favorites and which were duds for the month of May. We’ll end our wrap up with a glimpse of what’s coming out in June.  Read more