You've probably already seen the Booker Prize 2016 Longlist, right? There are several very intriguing titles that I would like to try at some point. Perhaps the most appealing is Ottessa Moshfegh's Eileen, which I already had on my wishlist and then caved in and ordered since the paperback is going to be released in just a couple of weeks. I have also not read any books by Elizabeth Strout (yet), but I have heard many good things about My Name is Lucy Barton so I am sure I will pick it up at some point as well. The library where I work is getting in the whole longlist of books so I will be perusing them as they arrive and who knows, maybe something else will tempt me?
Today, however, I came across a list that is probably much more my speed, even though I have not heard of many of the titles listed. Did you see the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize (very) Longlist 2016? I have only just barely started to explore the titles on it, but it seems quite varied, which is of course most appealing to me. There are some cross overs with other award lists, but I also see some science fiction and crime and even romance novels. I wonder how many of these I will have to have (or at least will jot down on my endless wishlist)?
If those lists aren't enough to keep you (me!) busy, you can check out this list of 18 books you should read this month. Eighteen! I am lucky if I can read eight in one month.
My mystery/crime reading has slowed down a little of late and I think I need to ramp things up again. I have a few in progress books (Mary Russell and Commissario Ricciardi I swear I have neither forgotten nor abandoned you!). For a little international crime, here is a list as long as my arm, maybe even both arms put together. Whenever I feel a 'slump', I start looking around for something new to get going again (really that is just an excuse to start a new book I fear). I've sort of been thinking something set in Asia, particularly Japan, might be called for. But I'm just thinking about it so far.
You know how much my reading is dictated by my moods, well, here is a list from WLT that has a book (international again) for every (well maybe not every, but you'll see what I mean if you click through) mood.
I have lots of really good books on he go at the moment (and as usual not nearly enough time to read them all), and I will be sharing them with you very soon.
Until then, I have another bookish request. I just had a training course at work on "safe spaces/how to be an ally" in regards to gender and I see how much the terminology has changed. Terms I might have found offensive when I was younger have been reclaimed and others have decidedly dropped out of vogue. I fear I am getting old and the world is passing me by and I am just not paying very good attention. So, if you have a good recommendation either novels or nonfiction when it comes to gender and diversity, please do share.
As always too much to read and to learn and to discover.