Read or skip #7

READ OR SKIP

Inspired by book blogger Davida, at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog, herself inspired by a couple of other bloggers (see here for instance). I plan to post about it on Saturdays, except the 1st Sat of the month, when I usually feature another meme.

The rules are simple:

  1. Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf from oldest to new
  2. Pick the first 5 or 10 (or whatever number you choose, depending on how large your list is) books you see
  3. Decide whether to keep them or get rid of them.

RESULTS FOR PREVIOUS READ OR SKIP

read-or-skip 6

20, 21 and 23: skip
Read the others.

READ OR SKIP #7

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#readorskip

Let’s see what YOU think about these 8 titles today.

24) Sacré Bleu

  • This sounds like a mix of many things: humor (hmm, not sure about this), historical fiction, fantasy (hmm), mystery, and romance (hmm!)
  • BUT should I try this author?
    SKIP, unless you convince me otherwise

25) The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci

  • I think someone told me this was fantastic.
  • BUT the average Goodreads ratings is not high.
    READ?

26) The History of English spelling

  • The History of English Spelling reveals the history of Modern English spelling, tracing its origins and development from Old English up to the present day.” Totally my type of thing.
    READ

29) Language Myths and the History of English

  • Yes, I noticed the numbers are not in order, but that’s they are currently displayed on my Goodreads list. Weird.
  • The synopsis leaves me uninterested.
    SKIP

28) Varamo

  • Sounds like a great novella by Aira.
    READ

27) The Letter Killers Club

  • Classic Russian literature!
    READ

30) Barney’s Version

  • This one was highly recommended to me.
  • And I haven’t read many Canadian authors.
    READ

31) The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

  • “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time tells the story of Kazuko Yoshiyama, a third-year middle school student who accidentally acquires the ability to time travel after an unfortunate accident in a school science lab. “
  • Not sure I’ll like that, but it’s short, and an opportunity to discover another Japanese author.
    READ

What do YOU think? Should I skip more than two? What t do with #25?

HAVE YOU READ THESE?
READ OR SKIP?
I ALSO WELCOME SUGGESTIONS
FOR GOOD BOOKS ON SIMILAR THEMES

 

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Man Booker International Prize 2019 Shadow Panel shortlist

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#MBI2019

Man Booker International Prize 2019 Shadow Panel shortlist

This year, our Shadow Panel counts 11 judges. Everyone worked really hard and most judges read most of the 13 books featured on the longlist.
Here is the shortlist our Shadow Panel came up with:

2019 shortlists

As you can see, our Shadow Panel shortlist has 5 books in common with the official shortlist – just as mine also had 5 in common with the official list, but with a different 6th title.

This is all pretty similar.
This is probably due to the fact that the longlist was rather weak this year, without too many outstanding titles.
And as most the books were very fairly short, our team of judges managed to read a lot. I’m amazed I personally managed to read 12, in so few weeks.
“Every book was read by at least 8 judges, and most by at least ten (Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead was the only one with everyone’s score).

What next?
Our winner will be announced on May 21, a few hours before the official winner is announced.
NB: the book I would pick as the winner is on the official shortlist and the Shadow Panel shortlist!

If you want more details, come this way to read our chairman’s post.

DID YOU READ THESE TITLES?
WHICH ONE WOULD BE YOUR WINNER?

Book review: Valerie

Valerie

Valerie
by Sara Stridsberg
Translated from the Swedish by
Deborah Bragan-Turner
MacLehose Press
8/6/2019
Originally published as Drömfakulteten
in 2006
Genre: Fiction
352 pages

Goodreads

Tomorrow April 18, I’ll post here the shortlist our Shadow Panel came up with for the Man Booker International 2019.
I was part of this adventure four years ago, but at the time I DNFed a lot of the books longlisted.
This time, I managed to read 12 out of the 13 books. And to be a better judge, I refrained from DNFing the three books I found quite bad, including Valerie (US title) or The Faculty of Dreams (UK title), one that I found absolutely horrible.
On a regular basis, I would never finish such a book, and certainly not bother taking time to present it on my blog, but as it’s part of this adventure, I feel I have to.
Another unusual feat for me is also that I presented to you these 12 books in good time.

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