Here’s what has been happening on My Booking Great Blog this month!
I’ve read some a mix of books this month. Some great and some not so great:
- The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen is one of the most evocative short story collections I have ever read. Pick this up!
- Conversely, Exit West by Moshin Hamid was a big disappointment. Again, a story about refugees but just didn’t hit the same emotions as The Refugees.
- A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize is a fantastic crime fiction novel set in the backdrop of the British Raj in India. I have the second in the series courtesy of the publisher – can’t wait to get into it.
- Eagerly awaited The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney is hands down my favourite of this month. I loved The Glorious Heresies (winner of The Bailey’s Prize last year) and couldn’t wait for this one. Out on 20 April – head over to read why this should be in your Amazon wish list!
Bailey’s Prize For Women’s Fiction 2017
Well, the Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction 2017 Longlist was announced in March and I have loved working my way through these fantastic novels by women. So far I have managed to read the following this month:
- First Love by Gwendoline Riley
- The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
- The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
I also read My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout a couple of months ago. I have to say early predictions out of the ones I have read is that The Dark Circle and My Name is Lucy Barton will make the shortlist (announced tomorrow).
Which ones do you think will make the shortlist?
This month I attended the first Jhalak Prize winner announcement. I felt so priviliged to be attend this first year honouring BAME authors from Britain. I urge you all to go and read the wonderful books which were shortlisted! Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie was amazing, as was A Rising Man and A Girl of Ink and Stars by Karen Millwood Hargrave was just won Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year (completely well deserved!)
Well done to Jacob Ross for winning with The Bone Readers!
Our #marbooksarelit challenge went really well with well over 600 posts! This month we are concentrating on the wonderfulness that is April. If you would like to join in please do so!
The Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist is due as is the Man Booker International Shortlist! Cannot wait to see which books have made it!
Previous wrap ups
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed it!