We made it! With this book, our shadow panel has officially completed all the Longlist books. Book Worm and I read all 13 books and our three fabulous contributors managed to read quite an astounding number of them. Our final book is The Schooldays of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee. Tomorrow we will post our overall reflections of the Longlist, Monday we will post our shortlist predictions, and Tuesday the Man Booker committee will release the shortlist. Keep reading to see what we thought of this last book and for our full rankings of all 13 books.
Up next for our Man Booker shadow panel is Hot Milk by Deborah Levy. Four of our panelists read this book. Will it live up to our love for the last one? Keep reading to see what we thought and don’t forget to let us know what you thought too! Read more
First up on our list of longlist books is My Name is Lucy Barton By Elizabeth Strout. This was one of the books that both Kate and I (Jen) predicted correctly. Four of our judges read this book. We will be rating all the 2016 longlist books on the following criteria: 1) writing quality; 2) originality; 3) character development; 4) plot development; and 5) overall enjoyment. Each of the judges reading the book will provide their brief review to explain their ratings. Here are our reviews and ratings for My Name is Lucy Barton…