May TBR (Plus Readathons!)

As of right now, I have 10 books I need to write reviews for, and you know what? I just don’t feel like it. It’s not that I don’t have time (I have so much time), or that this whole situation we’re in is keeping me from doing it in some way. It’s just that with all the time I have, I just want to read. I finally have more time to read for pleasure, and I don’t necessarily want to spend that time on a computer, writing reviews. So maybe there will be some mini-reviews. I’ve also been debating doing IGTV or YouTube videos where I talk about the books I’ve read. In all honesty, I have much more fun talking about books than I do writing about them. I don’t know. This is all kind of stream-of-consciousness. We’ll see.

ANYWAY.

I have so many plans for my reading in March, so I thought I would talk about them here in case any of them sound interesting to you, too! Now I just need to decide where to start…

First, I am still working on reading the Women’s Prize longlist for this year. The awarding of the Prize has been postponed to September, so I have plenty of time to finish. I have read four of the 16 books on the list, and I am almost done with another, so I basically have 10 more books to read on that list (not including Hilary Mantel’s latest book because I haven’t read the other two yet). I will be continuing with that.

Then, May is Asian Heritage Month, and Cindy of readswithcindy is hosting her second annual Asian Readathon, which is a month-long readathon in May that encourages people to read books with Asian characters and/or are written by Asian authors. You can watch her announcement video here, and you can find a wonderful Google doc here that provides loads of information including book recommendations. There is a list of challenges involved, but I’m not going to even attempt to work on the whole list.

In addition to all of that, I found out about the Tome Topple Readathon today, hosted by Adriana of perpetualpages, which takes place May 9 through May 22, and encourages people to finally pick up that 500+ page book they’ve been meaning to read. The only stipulation to joining this readathon is that you read a book that is at least 500 pages long. I can do that. I prefer longer books.

Then finally, Simon of Savidge Reads and Melanie Sykes held their Sykes & Savidge Book Club discussion for Girl, Woman, Other today and announced that their book club pick for May is The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley, so I will definitely be reading that.

With all of that said, here is the list of books that I would like to get to (at least in part) in May:

  • Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
  • Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
  • Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie
  • A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
  • How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
  • The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
  • Girl by Edna O’ Brien
  • Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell
  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • The Dragon Republic by R.F. Quang
  • The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

And I think that’s it for now. At least two or three of those books fit both readathons AND were books that I had already planned on reading, so yay!

I know I won’t get to all of those books in May, but I’d like to get to the majority of them. Obviously I will be making sure to read the books that I chose for the readathons and that I want to read for the book club. I’m really looking forward to reading all of them eventually.

What’s on your May TBR? Have you read any of these? Will you be reading anything in particular for Asian Heritage Month? Let me know in the comments!

Reading the Women’s Prize Winners

My READ ALL THE SK project is just about finished — the only book I still have to read that was published before 2015 is Full Dark, No Stars. Then as far as I’m concerned, I’m “caught up” and can (finally) start reading the stuff he’s written in the last five years.

So I need another project to work on.

I’ve been meaning to read all of the Women’s Prize winners for some time now, but just haven’t gotten around to it. I’ve read a number of them already as part of my regular, non-project reading, though. Last night I was watching Simon Savidge’s YouTube channel, and he and his mum are doing just this — they are reading (or have read) all of the Women’s Prize winners and are going to talk about them on Simon’s channel over a number of weeks. The books they talked about last night sound SO GOOD. They made me want to start this project sooner rather than later.

In case you aren’t familiar with the Women’s Prize for Fiction…

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award celebrating & honouring women’s fiction.

Founded in 1996, the Prize was set up to celebrate originality, accessibility & excellence in writing by women and to connect world-class writers with readers everywhere.

Women’s Prize for Fiction website

This is the list of current prize winners:

  • 1996 — A Spell of Winter, Helen Dunmore
  • 1997 — Fugitive Pieces, Anne Michaels
  • 1998 — Larry’s Party, Carol Shields
  • 1999 — A Crime in the Neighborhood, Suzanne Berne
  • 2000 — When I Lived in Modern Times, Linda Grant
  • 2001 — The Idea of Perfection, Kate Grenville
  • 2002 — Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
  • 2003 — Property, Valerie Martin
  • 2004 — Small Island, Andrea Levy
  • 2005 — We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver (READ)
  • 2006 — On Beauty, Zadie Smith
  • 2007 — Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie
  • 2008 — The Road Home, Rose Tremain
  • 2009 — Home, Marilynne Robinson
  • 2010 — The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver (READ)
  • 2011 — The Tiger’s Wife, Tea Obreht (READ)
  • 2012 — The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller (READ)
  • 2013 — May We Be Forgiven, A.M. Homes (READ)
  • 2014 — A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, Eimear McBride (READ)
  • 2015 — How to Be Both, Ali Smith
  • 2016 — The Glorious Heresies, Lisa McInerney
  • 2017 — The Power, Naomi Alderman (READ)
  • 2018 — Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie
  • 2019 — An American Marriage, Tayari Jones
  • 2020 — ???

Looking at the list, I’ve already read seven of them (and LOVED three of those), and there are maybe four or five that I’ve had on my TBR list for what feels like forever. I’m looking forward to fitting the rest of them into my regular reading list (over the next couple of years, maybe, because we all know how that goes, heh).

Have you read any of the Women’s Prize winners? Are there any you suggest reading first?