Man Booker International Prize 2019 winner
This morning, I shared with you the winner of the shadow panel
and my personal winner:
And the official winner is!
DID YOU READ THESE TITLES?
WHICH ONE WOULD BE YOUR WINNER?
Man Booker International Prize 2019 Shadow Panel winner
Finally, the day has come to discover the 2019 Man Booker International Prize.
This has been a wonderful experience for me, reading 12 books from all over the world, even though a few were quite awful, according to me. BUT some were also amazing.
As a reminder, here is where things were at the level of the shortlist:
And our Shadow Panel has voted and our winner is:
Personally, I would choose another winner:
I’ll add here the official winner in the afternoon: it’ll be chosen in the evening in London, you can watch the event live here.
DID YOU READ THESE TITLES?
WHICH ONE WOULD BE YOUR WINNER?
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th
and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in.
Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Here is what I read on DAY 7:
Total for Day 7: 47 pages
TOTAL so far: 570/805 pages
I did the Instagram challenge, presenting a shelfie.
Well, as you see, that’s quite a disaster, as I reached only 70% of my goal.
So instead of reading an average of 115 pages/day, I read 81. Not bad in itself, but life put some limits on a higher goal this time.
I DNFed The Story of the Stone, by Cao Xueqin. Another blogger encouraged me to read the unabridged work, which is HUGE. I really enjoyed a lot chapter 1 of book 1 (there are 5 huge volumes), but I was already totally lost with the great number of characters in chapter 2, and I knew it was going to get way worse.
Actually another reader encouraged me not to give up, and try instead the abridged version: he did some literary studies at the university, and that’s the version their teacher had them work on! So I’ll try that, which is actually what I was originally planning to do, without even realizing it was an abridged version.
I finished an audiobook: Sang Famille, by Michel Bussi.
I like so much the suspense in his books. This one is basically a YA. This is actually a book the author wrote a long time ago, he republished it, with some extra characters. There were elements comparable to some of his other books (manipulating the memory of a child), but the plot was not the same.
Colin, almost 16 and an orphan, is in a summer camp. Then he thinks he saw his Dad in the area, who is supposedly dead. And he learns that on the day of his 16th birthday, he will inherit something big… and dangerous!
I’m enjoying the latest by Randall Silivs. It’s slower than his two previous books, there’s a lot more on the psychology of the main characters, but totally satisfying so far.
Here is what I read on DAY 6:
Total for Day 6: 123 pages
TOTAL so far: 523/805 pages
I did the Instagram challenge on the author I read the most. Can you guess who it is?
Here is what I read on DAY 5:
Total for Day 5: 28 pages
TOTAL so far: 400/805 pages
As predicted the day before, I wasn’t able to read much: my reading time is in the evening, and we had our book club meeting. But we had a great time, sharing about amazing books. I also organized a book Jeopardy, and gave a bag with 4 books to the top three! I enter lots of giveaways, and then give them away to my book club members. They love it!
I didn’t do any challenge, by lack of time.
Here is what I read on DAY 4:
Total for Day 4: 103 pages
TOTAL so far: 372 /805 pages
And I did the Instagram challenge, with an incredible author.
I had a lot of audiobook time with house chores, cleaning, and preparing some appetizers for today’s book club anniversary – which means I will speak a lot about books tonight, but won’t have much reading time!!
Here is what I read on DAY 3:
Total for Day 3: 90 pages
TOTAL so far: 269 /805 pages
And I did the Instagram challenge, with a cover of a recent book I like a lot (both the cover AND the book!).
The emoji challenge was very tempting, but I wasn’t too sure how to sum it up this way.
Here is what I read on DAY 2:
Total for Day 2: 10 pages
TOTAL so far: 179 /805 pages
Hmm, amazing how two days can differ, from 169 to 10 pages!
The explanation is simple: we got together with friends in the evening, my only possible reading time, so I didn’t have much time for reading at all. Should be more normal today, hopefully!
And I didn’t do any daily challenge.
Here is what I read on DAY 1:
Total for Day 1: 169 pages
TOTAL so far: 169 /805 pages
Wow, very happy with this 1st day! Do you see all this audio time?? I usually don’t teach on Monday, and as the weather was FINALLY warm enough to plant our vegetable garden (3 weeks later than usual for me!), I did it all, and listened to my audiobooks at the same time. Mystery explained!
Alas, I had to DNF The Story of the Stone, which is actually the first book of Dream of Red Chamber (the book I got for the latest Classics Spin!!)
I saw wanted to read this book. I really enjoyed the first chapter, but then I quickly felt totally lost because of the huge amount of characters. I couldn’t keep track of who was who, and I know this was going to get a lot worse because of the size of the book
I also did 2 challenges:
– on Twitter, Introduce yourself #insixwords
– on Instagram, currently reading
I didn’t participate in the twitter chat, feeling a bit too old now for these, plus, the questions are often the same every year.
My goal is the same as for Bout of Books 24, as I didn’t manage to reach it: to read 805 pages, an average of 115 pages/day.
Here are the books I plan to read from. Some I’m currently reading.
**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 25. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**
Introduce yourself #insixwords
Book plot emoji
If this, then that
Favorite hero/favorite villain
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