I have recently started paying more attention to literary awards – something I never even thought about until a few months ago. I’m not one to judge books by the amount of awards they have won, or based on whether they have been finalists in a certain award. I am much more interested in the synopsis and whether the story is something I will enjoy reading.
However, I do feel the excitement that surrounds literary awards and I am slowly but surely becoming obsessed with them and staying up for the long and shortlist announcements – and that of the winners, of course! Due to this newfound passion for awards, I wanted to challenge myself and do something related to one of them. And what better way to do that than by reading the whole of a shortlist, share the process, and make my own predictions as to which book will win?
This morning, the Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist for 2019 was finally announced, and boy am I excited about it! And I have my life made easier already, since I own two of the longlisted books and was lucky enough to see them be part of the shortlist as well. Here are the titles:
- The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
- My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
- Milkman by Anna Burns
- Ordinary People by Diana Evans
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
- Circe by Madeline Miller
As I mentioned above, I own two of the nominees already – Circe and The Silence of the Girls – in physical format. Once the shortlist was available, I immediately got the rest of the books either in ebook or audiobook format, so I now own all of them and can officially proceed with this self-imposed challenge 😁
I started reading one of them today and I am absolutely loving it already – the audiobook is fabulous! 👌🏼 That being said, we’re off to a good start already, so I’m very excited to read all of these. Let’s get reading, y’all! 💪🏼
Do you usually pay attention to literary prizes and awards? Or is it something that never even crosses your mind?
Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡