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2018 Man Booker Longlist: The Overstory

Next up for our Shadow Panel is The Overstory by American novelist Richard Powers. Five of our panelists read this book. We’re off to a rough start with longest books this year. Will this book break the trend? Here are our reviews… Read more

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

2017 Man Booker Shortlist: History of Wolves

Over the past month, our panel has been giving their thoughts on each of the nominated shortlist books. We tell you briefly what we think of the book, the reasons we think it might win, and the reasons why it might not win. Next up is History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund. Keep reading to see what we think about whether it will be our 2017 Man Booker winner. Read more

2017 Man Booker Shortlist: Exit West

Over the next month, our panel will be giving their thoughts on each of the nominated shortlist books. We’ll tell you briefly what we think of the book, the reasons we think it might win, and the reasons why it might not win. Next up is Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Keep reading to see what we think about whether it will be our 2017 Man Booker winner. Read more

2017 Man Booker Shortlist: Lincoln in the Bardo

Over the next month, our panel will be giving their thoughts on each of the nominated shortlist books. We’ll tell you briefly what we think of the book, the reasons we think it might win, and the reasons why it might not win. First up is Lincoln in the Bardo, a book that our entire panel managed to read. Keep reading to see what we think about whether it will be our 2017 Man Booker winner. Read more

2017 Man Booker Shortlist Predictions

Our shadow panel of 6 judges managed to collectively read all 13 books. We rated all the books on the following criteria: 1) writing quality; 2) originality; 3) character development; 4) plot development; and 5) enjoyment.  Based on our collective ratings we came up with a group shortlist. Keep reading to find out how each book was ranked and which books we predict will make the list. The shortlist will be announced tomorrow.  Read more

2017 Man Booker Longlist thoughts

We’ve reached the end of our longlist reviews and are ready to make our shortlist predictions! Before we make our predictions we’d like to share some of our favorites and least favorites. Similar to last year, each of our panelists responded to a list of 20 questions about the longlist books. We asked about favorite writing, favorite plot, best title, favorite cover, and more. Keep reading to see what each judge selected as their top books for various categories.  Read more