Now, having thought about it, this project has certain clear advantages over the original book prize blog of last year.
Firstly, I would normally read many of these books anyway – I know I tend to like them. In fact, whereas for the Booker Long List I had a fairly even split of “Greens” (would have read anyway) “Yellows” (may have read anyway) and “Reds” (would never read) this time over half the novels are green and a further six are yellow.
|Flight Behaviour||Barbara Kingsolver|
|Gone Girl||Gillian Flynn|
|Life after Life||Kate Atkinson|
|May we be Forgiven||A M Homes|
|The Forests||Emily Perkins|
|The Light Between Oceans||M. L. Stedman|
|The People of Forever are not Afraid||Shani Boianjui|
|The Red Book||Deborah Copaken Kogan|
|A Trick I Learned from Dead Men||Kitty Aldridge|
|How Should a Person Be?||Sheila Heti|
|Mateship with Birds||Carrie Tiffany|
|The Innocents||Francesca Segal|
|Where’d you go, Bernadette||Maria Semple|
|Alif the Unseen||G. Willow Wilson|
|The Marlowe Papers||Ros Barber|
Secondly, these books are much more accessible than the Man Booker novels and hence I should read them at a far greater pace;
Thirdly, I am now a more seasoned reader / blogger, so should have my skills down a little more; and
Finally, most of these books are accessible (or at least in print) which was a bit of a challenge at the start of the Long List.
But – and this is a big but – as you may remember, there were 12 books on the Man Booker Long List, and I had 83 days to read them all.
There are 20 books on the Women’s Prize Long List and I have 84 days (or 12 weeks) to read them. Now, even if we exclude the one I have already read (Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the Bodies) it still means I have to up my pace considerably. But hey, I like this kind of challenge, and am keen to get going.
As some of you may remember from last time, I like to start with a “Yellow” – not something I necessarily would have read anyway, but not something that depresses me too much to continue! This time is no different.
Today I shall be beginning, “How Should a Person Be?” by Sheila Heti: http://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/title/how-should-a-person-be
A book about feminism. Gah. Wish me luck.