And the books that made it to the shortlist are:
- We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo
- The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
- Harvest – Jim Crace
- The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
- A Tale For The Time Being – Ruth Ozeki
- The Testament of Mary – Colm Toibin
The book that I was rather hopelessly gunning for here – The Kills by Richard House didn’t make the longlist. It sounded like an unusual and somewhat radical choice for the Man Booker and I never seriously thought it would be selected, but I am still somewhat disappointed. Never mind, Booker or no Booker, this book is not leaving my towering Must Read list.
What this means for me, is that I am adding these shortlisted books to my Man Booker reading challenge list. This also means that at the rate I am completing these books (just about 2 a year on average), I will probably never catch up.
And that’s totally fine by me 🙂
So, are you excited about the Man Booker shortlist? After going through a synopsis of these books, I realized A Tale for the Time Being sounds perfect for my Japanese literature reading challenge. So, I am keen on that, and of course I am looking out for The Lowland to be released too. I also realized that The Luminaries has such a lovely cover. I would love to read that book based on the cover alone 🙂
What books have you read or are planning to read? What do you think about these choices? Excited, upset your favorite didn’t get picked, or just generally meh about the Man Booker prize itself?