Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Finally -- I'm finished with all of the books on this year's longlist! The books in the home stretch were:
On Canaan's Side, by Sebastian Barry
The Last Hundred Days, by Patrick McGuinness
The Stranger's Child, by Alan Hollinghurst
and The Testament of Jessie Lamb, by Jane Rogers
With a big "whew!" as I turned the last page of the Hollinghurst novel last night, it was all done. Hooray. I seriously don't know why I do this to myself each year, but I do. It sort of reminded me of reading for my PhD exams -- the many volumes in a short space of time, except for then I slept for about 3 days straight immediately after, and I couldn't pick up a book for about a month. Now I just want to get to my still-growing tbr pile.
I will be posting my thoughts on the final four after I get back from my little mini-vacation. I don't really have the time right now because I'm leaving in a couple of days & there are tons of things to do, but I'll definitely get to it. And if anyone is interested in which one I'd pick to win, I'd go with Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes -- that was a little gem of a book! Of course, every year I am completely wrong, so I don't expect my record to be broken this year.
Yay yay yay it's over, and I can move on now.