The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist has been announced! When the longlist came out I gave into temptation and ordered a few of the titles and now that I see who has made the final cut I am more eager than ever to finally pick one of the books up to read in earnest. Actually there are still a number of books from the longlist I plan on reading (Kate Atkinson, Shirley Barrett, Becky Chambers, Melissa Harrison, and Elizabeth Strout in particular--and several of these also grace my reading pile).
I am notorious for caving into temptations like the Baileys longlist and then equally notorious for letting the moment slide by without reading the books sooner rather than later. So, one of these books is going to be added to my reading pile and we'll see if my determination is enough to get me motivated. The winner will be announced Monday June 8th, which gives me nearly two full months to read at least one of these books (soon to be joined by Hannah Rothschild's The Improbability of Love, which I wanted to read before it ever made the longlist and which I ordered yesterday, so I will be waiting patiently for my copy to arrive).
To be honest I've gone a little crazy with my current reading pile, but hey, what's one more book in the mix at this point. I will just have to organize myself and try and make a nice reading rotation. But, now the dilemma and must not dither and waste time. Which book should I start with? A little teaser might help narrow the choice down. So, from top to bottom:
The Green Road by Anne Enright:
"Later, after Hanna made some cheese toast, her mother came into the kitchen and filled a hot water bottle from the big kettle on the range."
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney:
"He left the boy outside its own front door. Farewell to it, and good luck to it. He wasn't going to feed it anymore; from here on in it would be squared shoulders and jaws, and strong arms and best feet forward. He left the pile of mangled, skinny limbs and stepped through the door a newborn man, stinging a little in the sights of the sprite guiding his metamorphosis."
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara:
"The eleventh apartment had only one closet, but it did have a sliding glass door that opened onto a small balcony, from which he could see a man sitting across the way, outdoors in only a T-shirt and shorts even thought it was October, smoking. Willem held up a hand in greeting to him, but the man didn't wave back."
So, what do you think? Any favorites? Has anyone read any of these and wants to give one title a gentle nudge over another? The odds are for the Enright to win from what I've read. I can see the Yanagihara potentially winning since it seems to have been long and shortlisted for other prizes and has gotten many good reviews. But after 2014's winner I can see a debut novel that is a little off-the-beaten track like the McInerney taking the prize, too. Or, if all else fails, I will close my eyes, spin around three time and then point to the book I will read!
A side note--don't be surprised if it goes quiet here this week, or if posting is very spotty as I have another busy week coming up. I have been burning the candle on both ends lately and it is a sign that I need to slow down a bit when on my afternoon break at work when I was attempting to read, my head fell forward and I started to nod off. I have lots of good books to tell you about and hopefully will catch up soon. Feel free, however, to leave a comment and fill me in on your reading!