…in the very best way. The Women’s Prize Long List was announced this morning and I was surprised and delighted to learn that I’ve already read five of the 16 titles*. and I’d only heard of one other. Ten books I’d never heard of were long list-worthy?! Of course I spent a couple of hours today on Goodreads, my library’s website, and a few other bookshops, including Amazon.

My library has four available without a wait (except to have the book delivered to my branch – I should have them all within a week). and two more are Kindle deals (Careless and The Bread the Devil Knead – amazon links). I’m not planning to be a completist for the long list, but I’m definitely planning to explore … and read those two new Kindle books.

In between the book browsing, I’ve been reading and knitting. watching the rain. and remembering Holly. It’s been a week. and I think I’ll be ready to Look Back at February tomorrow.

*Here’s the Long List copied from the Women’s Prize website, along with my current “plans” – what do you think about the list? do you want to read along any titles with me?

13 thoughts on “Distracted.

  1. I thought of you when I saw the list was out. My library has a few and Kindle deals are always good! I will need to do a bit more research before I officially add to my TBR. Definitely want to read Ruth Ozeki – maybe in April?

  2. Oh I want to look at that list. I have some on my nightstand! Others on my TBR list. And yet others are on my “hold/requested” list from the library. So many books…not enough time!

  3. I used to try to read all the long list books for the Women’s Prize, and for a long time I found the list to be a reliable list of great books. The last couple of years, though, I’ve not found that to be the case. The short list is ALWAYS great — and worth reading. The long list? Not always. Last year, some of my biggest “clunker” reads of the year were on the Women’s Prize long list! So. I’m wary. I’ve read 3 books on the list so far, and my guess is that all 3 of them will make it to the short list! I’ll look forward to hearing what you think of the other long list books before jumping in to that pool this year. ENJOY!

  4. I looked through the list yesterday, checked out The Paper Palace, and put Remote Sympathy on hold. I’ll finish The Sentence one of these days, and have had the Island of Missing Trees on hold for quite a while. Remote Sympathy sounds really intriguing to me and I hope my hold is ready SOON!

  5. Hmm, well I’ve read four of them and want to read the only other one I’ve heard of (The Island of Missing Trees). I’ll wait to hear your opinion on the others you’ve bought or have on hold!

  6. A new longlist has always a source of dreaming about reading. Research on the titles is a must and listening to reviewers you trust. We’ll surely find a few (more) gems in a list like this.

  7. I’ve read some of those already and have a couple in my queue. I’ll stick with the short list, though, when it comes to adding any I haven’t read yet.

  8. I’ve read a couple of these and have a few on my TBR list.
    I have quite the book “hangover” after reading The Transit of Venus!

  9. Thank you for sharing those two Kindle deals! As you know, I always attempt to read the long list and then can never finish it. But I’ll slowly be adding the long listed titles to my library holds over the next few months and will get really serious when the short list is announced 🙂

    The International Booker long list was announced today. The only author I recognized was Olga Tokarczuk, the author of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead. She was nominated for her latest, The Books of Jacob. I’m interested in reading more translated books this year, so I’ll be looking over this list as well.

  10. I’ll be interested to see what you think of these books. I read The Paper Palace and it wasn’t for me but I know it’s had a lot of good press. I’ll be reading The Sentence when it comes up in our Erdrich-Along.

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