Book Journey hosts this very popular part of my reading week -- thank you!
Last week I finished the last three books on the Booker Prize shortlist (two of which I've not reviewed yet, but will get to this week):
The Long Song, by Andrea Levy (which I enjoyed immensely and can definitely recommend)
In A Strange Room, by Damon Galgut (which I also enjoyed very much)
The Finkler Question, by Howard Jacobson (which was good, maybe not my favorite of the bunch)
This week I'm planning to finish
Betrayal, by Helen Dunmore -- historical fiction set during Stalin's time in the USSR
and if it gets here on time,
The Stars in the Bright Sky, by Alan Warner. If it doesn't arrive by the time I finish Betrayal, then we'll call it a Booker Dozen and move on. And there's a good chance this will happen.
Sadly, by the time I went to Book Depository to pick up Warner's book, they were sold out and so I had to rely on Amazon for a used copy from the UK. Then to my abject horror, I was looking over my order details a few days after I ordered it, and realized that I had bought it from a seller who never came through with a book I'd ordered a few months ago, but in the meantime had changed their seller name! I should have done my Nancy Drew investigation before ordering the book, but I obviously wasn't thinking.
so, if the Warner book doesn't arrive, then this week I'll be starting a new book called Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End, by Leif G.W. Persson, a Swedish crime novel that's the first of three in a series. And I'm planning to digest Tony Blair's autobiography A Journey: My Political Life a little at a time as well.
Next week I think just some well-deserved crime fiction as my reward for the last 2 months. I have a new one coming from Book Depository called Frozen Moment by Camille Ceder which looks appealing.
AND....I'm giving away a copy of Emma Donoghue's Room -- international entries are welcome! Don't miss it.
that's it...I'm going to have an awesome reading week!