Reading Journal (and Booker) 14.09.21

I find myself listening (in the background) to the announcement of the Booker Prize shortlist. Two thoughts. It occurs to me that I’ve only ever read 1 and some of this prestigious prize’s winning books Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings and my listen to an abridged audio book version of Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo. So often in this reading journey, I am struck by the sense of too many books, so little time, and this is one of those moments – and also the sense (more an external judgment, maybe even from some of you reading this) of not having read the ‘right’ books. *waves* hi, are you new here, I have decided that while I will continue to review (or chat about) books I’ve read, reading should not be a chore, so I read what I want to, and then there are the books I want to read but have neither time to read nor money to acquire (depending on the budget priorities at the time). Yes, I can and do get some books for free (review copies, advance or otherwise) but I don’t ask a lot to be honest as some publishers and authors give off a vibe like they think you’re just looking for freebs (as we would say in Antigua and Barbuda), so sometimes I just hold my side (as we also say) and read some intersection of what I’m interested in and have access to – my TBR is about a million miles long. And it’s just grown by six, thanks to this Booker announcement. Not because I’m interested in correcting some deficiency. Rather because I’m interested.

The short listed books are now in my TBR (in this order, based on my interest, as informed by the summaries):

Bewilderment by Richard Powers
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed
The Promise by Damon Galgut
A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasm
No one is talking about This by Patricia Lockwood

How about you? Have you read any of the short listed books? Are you a Booker stan? Have you read all or some of the winning titles?

As for my own reading, I think I’ve already mentioned that I finished two books so far this month (which is about my average for the year) – Ruby’s Dream: The Story of a Boy’s Life by Ronan Matthew (a memoir of growing up in Ovals, Antigua and his early years as a migrant in New York, thinly framed as fiction) and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (which I slow read AND listened to, sometimes both). My reviews linked.

I’ve dug a little more in to Heady Mix’s Windrush and am up to page 79. I’m now in to the creative pieces which is so far fun.

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