Friday, September 17, 2010

the longlist progress: T minus 3 and counting....and a giveaway to celebrate

The Booker Longlist 13 -- it's almost over! Yay!

In the wee early hours of this morning I finished Damon Galgut's In a Strange Room, and two days ago I finished up The Finkler Question, by Howard Jacobson.  So I'm almost finished with the longlist, have one more to go on the shortlist, and plan to celebrate when it's all over with a stack of deliciously mindless horror novels until October 1.

Here's the list so far:

1. C, by Tom McCarthy -- shortlisted

2. In a Strange Room, by Damon Galgut (to be reviewed shortly) --- shortlisted

3. Room, by Emma Donoghue -- shortlisted

4. The Finkler Question, by Howard Jacobson (to be reviewed shortly) -- shortlisted

5. Parrot and Olivier in America, by Peter Carey -- shortlisted

6. Trespass, by Rose Tremain

7. February, by Lisa Moore

8. The Slap, by Christian Tsiolkas
9. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell

10. Skippy Dies, by Paul Murray  -- my favorite of the entire list! I'll repeat my bummedness at it not getting to the shortlist.

Reading now:
11.  The Long Song, by Andrea Levy -- shortlisted

Left to go:
12. The Betrayal, by Helen Dunmore
13. The Stars in the Bright Sky, by Alan Warner

--and now, the fun stuff --

Giveaway of Room, by Emma Donoghue

In honor of finally getting to the last 3 books on the longlist (which was no simple task, mind you), I'm marking the occasion by giving away a copy of Room, by Emma Donoghue.  I will be selecting a winner on September 25th.  If you'd like to try for a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post with your blog name by September 24th.  If you don't have a blog, then please leave a comment and send me an email with your contact info.  International entries are welcome.  Note: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN UP AS A FOLLOWER.  I enjoy people's comments, and I really like the wonderful people I've "met" since I started this reading journal, but followership is not mandatory just to win a book!


  1. Congratulations on your progress!
    Of the shortlisted titles, which one do you think will win? I've only read THE LONG SONG and ROOM (I don't need to be entered in the giveaway) but I think ROOM was just fabulous.

  2. Congratulations on your reading accomplishment! It's great! And thank you for offering "Room" in a giveaway! I'd love to win a copy!

    ~ Amy
    Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

  3. the reviews of Room make it sound very interesting. . . that we might not get what we expected . .

    sunshine9 at imonmail dot com

  4. I've been lurking and reading you through Google Reader - I love seeing what others are reading and what they think of it! One day I hope to have the time to read the long lists and short lists for some of the great book prizes out there...right now, getting through one book in a month is challenge enough!

    Room is on my list of books to read!

    Shannon and

  5. Thanks for the giveaway. This book sounds fascinating.

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  7. Congrats on your reading progress!

    Heard so many great things about the book. Count me in for this one. thanks a million.

  8. Thank You so much for this giveaway! Wow, you have already started reading the Booker contenders of this year! I want to do that too!
    Please enter me!
    givingreadingachance AT

  9. I'd love to win!

    Here's my blog:

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  10. @Suzanne: Thanks for coming by! Guessing the winner is tough because the judges this year have demonstrated some bizarre choices for the longlist AND the shortlist to begin with, so who knows? My personal favorites for the shortlist: Damon Galgut's In a Strange Room or McCarthy's C -- polar opposites of each other. But that's just me. And I've only picked a winner once!

    @Amy -- you're in. Thanks!

    @LeAnn -- it is definitely not what you expect! Thanks for joining the giveaway.

    @Shannon -- lurk away! And thanks for entering!

    @Anonymous person -- thanks for entering the giveaway!

    @Moridin - thanks!

    @JoV - you're in!

    @Veens: reading the longlist is just something I do each summer. I don't know why; by the end I'm exhausted and just crave mindless!

    @Aik: you're in. Thanks!

  11. I would really like to read this book.
    clenna at aol dot com

  12. Yeah, YOU! Darned impressive accomplishment. And it sounds like you're feeling better too -- excellent. I'd love to win the book.

    Colleen Conolly-Ahern at Col Reads

  13. I have been reading good reviews on this book.

  14. I'd love to win too! Here's the URL to my Pitching Pencils blog:

  15. I've heard great things about Room! Even though the storyline is horrific, I'd love to read it for it's amazing writing.

    Thanks for the chance to win :)

    preferred dot stock at gmail dot com

  16. Hi Nancy! I would love to be entered into the draw for a copy of Room. I have given your giveaway a shout out on my blog too!

  17. I'd love to enter.
    Here's my blog link


  18. Wow, well done for reading all those books! I've signed up to read the shortlist for a Dutch prize, but as it's a shortlist, there are not that many books, only 5, to read. The long-list was over 25 I think (too much!).

    I would love to read Room so please enter me in your giveaway. And thanks for running the giveaway!

  19. Hello, great blog, I'm a new follower, I found you from Booklover Book Reviews. I've heard great things about this book and it's high on my TBR list.

  20. I'll read anything and everything most of the time, but I also love hearing other people's suggestions and opinions. This one sounds great, I'd love to win it! Congratulations on your progress, I hope you enjoy the rest of them. :)

    Kate1485 at

  21. I'm excited to have found your blog! You are doing a great job on the Booker list. I would love to read Room. I'm Karen and my email is

  22. I am a follower and I would like to read this book.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  23. Hi-I would love to read this book-thanks for offering this giveaway

    rereadinglives (at)

  24. Thank you for the giveaway!~

    sophiayunjin @ gmail . com

  25. I am interested in reading this book. Please count me in. Thanks.


  26. I'd love a chance into this giveaway thanks!

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at)

  27. Clenna, thanks for stopping by and for lining up for the giveaway!

    Colleen: yes, feeling better (played mini-golf yesterday!), thanks much.

    Bookquoter: Thanks for joining up!

    Pitching Pencils: Thanks to you as well!

    Anonymous person who is not named: You're in! Thanks for leaving contact info.

  28. Jo -- You are so sweet! Thanks for the sales pitch over at your blog.

  29. Misha - thank you for playing ...good luck!

    Leeswammes: thank you for coming by and entering to win. Book Depository makes international giveaways so easy!

    Booknerd: you're in, thanks!

    Jasmine: Thanks so much for coming by.

    Karen: You too!

    Marjorie: thanks for entering!

    Mel: I appreciate you coming by & signing up!

    MelanieL: You're counted in, definitely.

    Amanda Sue: You've been entered for the giveaway.

    To EVERYONE: I wish I was independently wealthy and could send you all a copy. So thanks for joining up.

  30. I got a chance to see Donoghue read last week, and she's great. I really look forward to reading this book.

  31. Thanks for the giveaway - and the chance to find your blog!

  32. I've been following your blog for some time from Finland. I'd love to win this book! :)

    kirjanurkkaus at gmail dot com.

  33. Room is at the top of my reading list.
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com


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