So the shortlist is announced today!
- Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel
- Flight Behaviour, by Barbara Kingsolver
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple
- Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson
- May We Be Forgiven, by A M Homes
- NW, by Zadie Smith
There is no debut authors, they are all familiar names and in some ways, I may say, a very predictable shortlist based on the popularity of the writers. Except for Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, I don’t feel like reading all titles in the shortlist this year.
This is because I have to read Wolf Hall before I could read Bringing Up the Bodies. I abandoned AM Homes’ This Book Will Save Your Life before. May We Be Forgiven seems to run on the same vein, so i don’t want to read this either. Flight Behaviour is just so cumbersome to read with meandering prose.
Perhaps it sounds unfair for me to say that because who am I to judge if I haven’t read any of the titles above??!!
But I wish the shortlist would have been a little bit more imaginative.
What do you think?