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2017 Man Booker longlist: Swing Time

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Book 4 for our shadow panel is Zadie Smith’s Swing Time. This time only three of us read the book which says something about either our collective level of interest or the length of the book. Our panel reviewed the book on the following criteria: 1) writing quality; 2) originality; 3) character development; 4) plot development; and 5) overall enjoyment. We’ve each provided mini-reviews and ratings. We hope you speak up and let us know what you thought about the book. Here are our ratings…
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2017 Man Booker Longlist: Days without End

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Book 3 for our shadow panel is Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End. Once again, our panel reviewed the book on the following criteria: 1) writing quality; 2) originality; 3) character development; 4) plot development; and 5) overall enjoyment. We’ve each provided mini-reviews and ratings. We hope you join in by adding your thoughts about the book too. Here are our ratings…
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Meet our Man Booker Shadow Panel

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This week we will start posting our panel reviews and rankings for the 2017 Man Booker longlist. Before we do so, however, we wanted to introduce our panel of judges. Book Worm and I have done this shadow panel for a few years. Last year we were joined by a few contributors including Andrew and Nicole and this year we added two new panelists: Lisa and Anita. Keep reading to find out more about each one of us and to see what types of books we generally like or dislike.  Read more

Non 1001 Book Review: The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

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Next up before we get to our Man Booker shadow panel reviews is a psychological thriller that may be perfect for the summer. Book Worm reviews this book. Here is what she thought. Read more

Shakespeare Retold: Othello – New Boy Tracy Chevalier

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While our shadow panel is hard at work reading though the 2017 Man Booker longlist, we’ll be posted a few of the book reviews for books we managed to finish shortly before the longlist announcement. Book Worm takes the lead with her review of Tracy Chevalier’s new book, New Boy. Read more

2017 Man Booker Longlist

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It’s official! The Man Booker Longlist was just announced. How did our shadow panel do with our predictions? Here are the books that made the list… Read more

2017 Man Booker longlist: Our predictions

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The 2017 Man Booker longlist will be announced on July 27. Those of you who follow our blog know that we are obsessed with the Man Booker and for the last two years, BW and I have tried to read our way through the entire long list in order to make our predictions. This year our panel comes back together to make predictions on which book will win the prize. Our panel this year is comprised of BW and myself along with three contributors: Nicole, Lisa, and Andrew. Nicole and Andrew were part of the panel last year and Lisa joins us this year. We also have a guest reviewer who will step in to help out when needed. Book Worm and I will be attempting to read all the nominated books and our three contributors will be helping out along the way.

Each panel member 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

Non 1001 Book Review: Crazy House James Patterson

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Book Worm and I are hosting a reading challenge to read across the USA in books. You are welcome to join in that challenge at any time before the end. You can read more about the challenge here. Book Worm selected this book as her choice for New York. Keep reading to see what she thought about it. Read more

Reading Road Trip: And we are off!

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And we are off! Our reading road trip challenge starts today. To join and sign up visit the challenge page. The challenge will run from today until September 30. Cool bookish prizes for the winners.

Participants: You may start reading. Good luck everyone!

Literary Road Trip Across the U.S.

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It’s officially summer time which means it’s the perfect time to take a road trip! This year we’re going on a road trip across the continental United States. Next year, we’ll backpack through Europe. Join the challenge and win cool bookish prizes. Keep reading to find out more… Read more