Three Books To Help You Build A Better Life In The New Year

Today is the first day of the last month of the year.  Christmas is nearly upon us and New Year's is following close on its heels.  It's a busy month and often an emotional one.  We're getting ready to take a much needed break, preparing to spend time with our families, and as we set... Continue Reading →

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2017 National Book Award Finalists

The National Book Awards has chosen its five fiction finalists for 2017.  You can see the finalists in other categories on their site. Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman "Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause. An Arab American with a conflicted past, he is now in Turkey, attempting to cross... Continue Reading →

2017 Goldsmiths Prize Shortlist

The Goldsmiths Prize had it's beginnings in 2013. According to their site, it was created to "celebrate the qualities of creative daring associated with the University and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form". The Goldsmiths Prize Chair of Judges, Dr. Naomi Wood, said of this year's shortlist: "Our six shortlisted... Continue Reading →

2017 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

The 2017 Man Booker Longlist has been whittled down to the six books shortlisted for this year's prize.  Have you been reading the Man Booker Longlist? If you've read any of these, what did you think? The Man Booker Prize winner will be announced on the 17th October. 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster... Continue Reading →

2017 Baileys Women’s Prize Shortlist

Six novels have been shortlisted for this year's Baileys Women's Prize.  The 2017 Chair of Judges, Tess Ross commented: “It has been a great privilege to Chair the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in a year which has proved exceptional for writing of both quality and originality.  It was therefore quite a challenge to whittle... Continue Reading →

2016 Etisalat Prize Shortlist

The 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature Shortlist is out and brings us 3 novels from the African continent.  This year two Nigerians and one South African are vying for the prize. The Seed Thief by Jacqui L'Ange "Sometimes the thing you find is not the one you were looking for. When botanist Maddy Bellani is... Continue Reading →

2016 NBCC Award Finalists

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for the 2016 awards.  They have awarded the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award to Margaret Atwood.  The NBCC awards will be presented on the 16th March in New York.  I'm going to share the finalists for the Fiction category here but follow the above link to... Continue Reading →

2016 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

The 2016 Man Booker Prize Shortlist is out!  We have already seen one of the shortlisted books win the 2015 NBCC Fiction Prize earlier this year and the only previously Man Booker shortlisted author on the list this year is Deborah Levy (Swimming Home).  The shortlist looks packed with interesting reads. Chair of Judges, Amanda... Continue Reading →

TBR Chronicles #14

April has had no shortage of good reading recommendations with all its shortlists and awards.  In addition to these discoveries I've been reminded of two classics which I have for a long while intended to read. The first is Meditations by Marcus Aurelius which is renowned for being a profound read and with all the... Continue Reading →

2016 PEN Faulkner Finalists

The 2016 PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction finalists include five authors who I personally haven't heard of before so this is a nice opportunity to discover some new reading.  Here are the 2016 finalists: Delicious Foods by James Hannaham "Darlene, a young widow and mother devastated by the death of her husband, turns to drugs... Continue Reading →

2016 Baileys Women’s Prize Shortlist

The 2016 Baileys Women's Prize Shortlist has been revealed.  There are two books that were up for other lit prizes last year; Anne Enright's The Green Road was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life was an NBA finalist and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, among other prizes.  I'm... Continue Reading →

TBR Chronicles #13

Some months I barely add to my TBR and others I seem to find endless new books that pique my interest.  March has definitely been the latter but I've selected just five of my most anticipated to share with you which I think will be great reads. The first on my March list is a... Continue Reading →

TBR Chronicles #12

I recently finished The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro which I enjoyed so I've added to my TBR list his first novel A Pale View of Hills which I hope to be an equally good read filled with his beautiful writing and keen insights. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam M.... Continue Reading →

TBR Chronicles #11

This month's TBR list begins with a book I hope will guide me on the beginnings of the journey I described in New Year, New Goals to teach myself Photoshop.  There are bucket loads of resources available out there from books to online tutorials to help with this but I've decided to start with Adobe... Continue Reading →

2015 NBCC Fiction Award Finalists

The 2015 NBCC Prize for Fiction Finalists have been released.  The Fates and the Furies by Lauren Groff makes another appearance on awards' shortlists for 2015.  Here is the full list of this year's contenders for the prize to be announced in March: The Sellout by Paul Beatty "A biting satire about a young man's isolated... Continue Reading →

2015 Etisalat Literature Prize Shortlist

At the end of last year the Etisalat Prize for Literature released their 2015 longlist which Professor Ato Quayson describes: “The range of submissions for the Etisalat Prize this represents the vitality of literary writing on the continent, and the longlist is a selective showcase of the best to be found. The subjects covered in... Continue Reading →

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