Hey Reader, I’m not one for literary prizes and for the longest I didn’t care for them until I came across The Women’s Prize For Fiction back in 2017. Going through the their long and short lists I realised that it’s something I’m quite interested in and I wanted to read them all. Here’s the thing though, those books are a lot & just thinking about them was overwhelming, so I had to find a way that would work for me, and make it enjoyable.
What exactly am I doing?
The Prize was first established in 1996 (which also happens to be my birth year, yaaay!!!) & from then till now only 6 books make the shortlist. My idea is to read all of the shortlisted titles, as many as I can & get in a year, for as long as it takes. This to me sounds & feels manageable and I get to do it at my own pace. I mage a list of the shortlisted titles since 1996 till to date (2020)and I will be adding to it as the years go by.
Why am I doing this project?
- It’s a way for me to discover new authors both from blacklist tittles and new releases.
- The prize focuses on one of my favourite genres. (literary & women’s fiction)
- I love a good challenge! Also, it’s fun!
- This project ensures I’m always reading.
What I have read so far
Out of the 150 shortlisted titles (1996 – 2020) I have read 12 books. With only one book left on my tbr. As you can see, it’s a slow progress.
- Bel Canto
- State Of Wonder
- The Accidental
- Purple Hibiscus
- Half of A Yellow Sun
- Burial Rites
- My Sister, The Serial Killer
- Where’d You Go Bernadette
- The Memory Of Love
- An American Marriage
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
That’s it for today’s post. I hope to get more read next year (I have to buy the books first) and I’ll try and do annual check ins just to update you on where I am.
Do you have any reading projects/challenges you’re doing? Let me know in the comments.