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Winner of Orange Prize 2010

When I saw BBC announced the winner this evening, I could believe my ears.

Lacuna won!

I have just returned the book to the library last week, unread, and have no regrets of doing so.

What about you?

  • Do you feel like you have to read an Orange prize winning book?
  • Do you think the judges have made the right decision?
  • Don’t you think the judges should be a little transparent on what criteria they based upon to make the decision?
  • Have you read this? What do you think?

I am lost for words…!

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A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.

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12 thoughts on “Winner of Orange Prize 2010

  1. I haven’t read the book so can’t really comment, I’ve only read one of her books and found it nearly incomprehensible (The Piosonwood Bible).

    I’m in my 40’s now and I no longer feel I HAVE to read anything…I spent years reading Booker Prize winners and Orange Prize winners and Miles Franklin Award winners and all the rest and more half of my reading time was spent in misery – either because the books were bad or their content unrelentingly depressing (what someone called ‘misery lit’). So now I read what I want to read not what a group of judges somewhere tell me I ought to read.

    Posted by Bernadette in Australia | June 10, 2010, 5:36 am
  2. LOL I love the term ‘misery lit’ Bernadette said above. My aim is just to read one book from the longlist/shortlist/winner of Orange each year, because I know I don’t always want to read the winner (like in this case for example). I do have The Poisonwood Bible at home.

    Posted by mee | June 10, 2010, 7:30 am
  3. I am trying to read all the Oranges (short listed as well as winners) but have no plans to complete this book (I read about 200 pages) I’ve read enough to know that it is not for me. I’m not surprised that they chose it – those Orange judges have been making very strange selections this year!

    Posted by farmlanebooks | June 10, 2010, 8:44 am
    • @Bernadette, it is disheartening to hear that Poisonwood Bible is just as bad. I’m close to 40, and came to a point, like you, felt like I should put the book down if I’m not interested by the middle of the book.
      @Mee, Misery Lit.. LOL.. ha ha ha 😀 I will be reading ‘misery lit’ for a few years, and the day I grew out of it, is the day I no longer feel miserable!!
      @Jackie, It is strange indeed that Lacuna should win. That’s why I couldn’t believe my eyes!

      Posted by JoV | June 10, 2010, 10:48 am
  4. Well as much as I can comment is that I’ve heard of this book lol but not read it or anything else by the same author. Can’t say I’ve had the urge either. That a book has won a prize only seals the deal for me reading it if I was interested in the story to begin with, rather than reading it just because it has an award.

    Posted by jessicabookworm | June 10, 2010, 6:43 pm
  5. Oh well, I only knew about the nominees because of Jackie´s blog. I hardly ever follow these award things, sometimes their choices make me wonder if the jury´s actually read the book.
    I have her Poisonwood Bile somewhere, got it practically for free, but I haven´t had the urge to read it. Now that I think about, I have no idea what it´s about, except that it sounds vaguely religious, which is usually not my cup of tea.

    Posted by Bina | June 11, 2010, 8:56 pm
    • @Bina, perhaps it’s better to stay oblivion to who gets what awards and just read what you fancy. You read a lot of amusing title books lately! I hope you enjoyed it. 😉

      Posted by JoV | June 12, 2010, 8:31 pm
  6. I’ve got to admit, Barbara Kingsolver leaves me cold. I’m quite often amazed at the winners in these huge categories. How about Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book for last year’s Newbery? Are you kidding me?!

    Posted by Bellezza | June 14, 2010, 2:12 pm
    • @ Bellezza, I have checked out the Graveyard book, grim, YA, not my sort of genre. Keep going like this and I will not read any prize winners in the coming years. 😉

      Posted by JoV | June 14, 2010, 9:07 pm
  7. I made up my mind to read some of the short-listed titles after finishing Molly Fox’s Birthday, short-listed for Orange Prize 2009. Black Water Rising and The Very Thought of You are on my pile right now. I’m a bit surprised this one wins.

    Posted by Matthew | June 15, 2010, 8:32 pm
    • Hi Matt, I might have picked the wrong Orange prize long/short list this year, I couldn’t finish any of them and I’m being a bit more critical this year, as I have loads of more enticing book titles and classic to read. Life is too short to waste on trying to finish a book you didn’t like. 😉

      Posted by JoV | June 15, 2010, 9:57 pm

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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

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Mockingjay
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City


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