Monthly Wrap Ups

April Wrap Up

Here’s what has been happening on My Booking Great Blog this month!

Book Reviews

I’ve spent a lot of last month reading the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 Shortlist and the Wellcome Book Prize 2017 Shortlist.  I took the decision not to review all of the books I have read but ones I felt stood out:

  • Longlisted for the Bailey’s Prize Midwinter by Fiona Melrose was an interesting read.  I would for sure recommend this to any one who is or has gone through the loss of a loved one.
  • Shortlisted for the Bailey’s Prize The Power by Naomi Alderman is not only my favourite book read in April but also of the shortlist so far.  I urge you all to pick this up and read it.
  • Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo is also shortlisted for the Bailey’s Prize.  A hauntingly emotional debut.
  • Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize this year, I was asked to refresh my review of When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi and participate in the official blog tour.  Which I gladly did!

Book Events

I had the pleasure of attending the Wellcome Book Prize 2017 Winner Ceremony.  Congratulations to Maylis de Kerangal for winning with Mend The Living. Following and reading the shortlist is something I am hoping to do year after year.  It is a great way of expanding your non-fiction reads!


We made the decision to take a step back from the monthly challenges.  I genuinely had no idea how time consuming they are until we started doing them! 

Next Month 

I am planning on reading the two books of the Bailey’s prize shortlist I haven’t yet read and then onto the Man Booker International Prize shortlist!

Previous wrap ups

March Wrap Up

February Wrap Up

January Wrap Up

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13 thoughts on “April Wrap Up

  1. I enjoyed The Power too – I still need to review it at some point but I’ve been recommending it to people. I have Stay with Me on my TBR and want to get to it soon. I’m currently reading How to Survive a Plague that I think was nominated for the Wellcome prize and I’m really engrossed in it. I’d like to read all the books on the list at some point as they do pick some great books.

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    1. How to Survive was one of my faves from the Wellcome shortlist. I was actually surprised by the winner as that was our least fave (the shadow panel not just me!). You will love Stay With Me! It will also be a nice book to read after Plague! X

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  2. I can’t wait to read Stay with Me and The Power. I’ve been reading some of the longlist nominees although I think none of them were shortlisted. Hag-Seed was amazing. The Wellcome prize is not one I’ve heard of before, but I looked it up and it sounds interesting.

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  3. Stay with Me sounds absolutely so intriguing and right up my alley! Looks like you had a satisfying reading month, I really want to start reading the Bailey’s short list. Where do you think I should start?

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    1. I would start with Stay With Me or The Power. Both are my faves to win! I did enjoy The Dark Circle too but having read Sport of Kings and First Love I feel like Stay and Power are worth getting into first (I’ll be a reading Do Not Say We Have Nothing next!)

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  4. Some of those Baileys short listed books sound fantastic – I’m especially keen to read The Power, Stay With Me, and The Sport of Kings. Do you have a favourite yet?

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