Most of the books I’ve bought this month have been for the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist, as I would like to attempt to read all of the nominated books again this year. So far, I have read four of the longlisted books, and am part way through another, so I feel as though I’m making good progress. The books I bought in March in order to continue my reading of the longlist nominees are:
1. Girl by Edna O’Brien
A young girl is kidnapped by Boko Haram whilst at school, and must learn how to survive on her own, and then with a child of her own. This sounds like a harrowing story, and one which very much needs to be told. I am concerned about the fact it is not own voices, but as it is nominated, I am willing to give it a read.
2. How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
This is a historical fiction novel set during the Japanese occupation of Singapore in 1942, a period of time which I do not know a great deal about. Not only is the cover of this book beautiful, I also think the story will be poignant and informative.
3. Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
Children are going missing and after watching a popular television series called Police Patrol, Jai feels he is qualified to discover where they are going. Fraught with danger and the sense of invincibility children often have, I feel this book is going to be a tense, albeit fascinating read.
4. Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
I’m reluctant to start this book because I know it’s going to annoy me, the main character is clearly awful just from reading the blurb, and given everything that is happening in the world at the moment, I’m not sure I’m ready to read about another selfish person just yet. However, it’s scathing commentary on contemporary marriage and the concept of being self-entitled does intrigue me, so I will get to it before the winner is announced.
5. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Girl, Woman, Other has received massive amounts of praise, and won the Man Booker Prize last year, so I’m extremely excited to read it. The book follows twelve people and their experiences living in Britain over a number of years. This saga type way of storytelling has always greatly appealed to me and I’m sure this will be no different.
This month I also bought a sequel, as I intend to continue with the series I start more often. Throughout March, I have been reading Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb and thoroughly enjoying it, so I decided to continue with the next book once I am finished. It’s a massive series, so I will be taking my time with it and reading the books alongside others, but I am determined to continue with this one, as my enjoyment is more important than the quantity of books I’m reading.
Finally, this month I pre-ordered a copy of Samanta Schweblin’s new book Little Eyes, because I loved both of her previous books, Fever Dream and Mouthful of Birds. From what I can gather, the book seems to be about interconnectedness, globalisation and humanity, but honestly, I would read anything Schweblin writes.
Aside from Women’s Prize books, I likely will not be buying any books for a while, on the off chance that I do get ill, as I’m currently the sole income earner in my house. However, I will still be posting reviews of my backlist, TBRs, wrap ups, book tags etc, so please bear with me during this rocky time. I hope everyone is staying safe and if anyone needs someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to comment!