The 2020 Booker Prize shortlist was released earlier this week. Six novels contending for the best English-language fiction of the year. In the past, some of my favorite reads were either on the shortlist or actual winners; I’ve discovered some of my favorite authors because of the list.
Lately I’ve been overwhelmed by choice. There are so many books that I want to read that I have a hard time picking one. Given that this has been a hell of a year, I need to escape into a good book on a regular basis. That’s why I’m going to attempt to read all of the novels on this shortlist.
The caveat is that I need to be able to acquire them here in central Finland. The library has a decent selection of English-language books, but they tend to be classics or older works by popular authors. Bookstores likewise have an English section, but they lean heavily toward popular novels. Booker Prize nominees aren’t known for burning up the bestseller lists.
In the past I have used similar award lists to make my reading choices for me. If this works out, I might begin working backward, year-by-year, or simply read any winners that I haven’t already. Anything that can potentially deliver me a delightful surprise, while cutting down on decisions that I need to make, is welcome.
The 2020 Booker Prize shortlist is:
- Diane Cook, The New Wilderness (US)
- Tsitsi Dangarembga, This Mournable Body (Zimbabwe)
- Avni Doshi, Burnt Sugar (US)
- Maaza Mengiste, The Shadow King (Ethiopia-US)
- Douglas Stuart, Shuggie Bain (Scotland-US)
- Brandon Taylor, Real Life (US)
I’ve already started Real Life, which I broke down and got in Kindle edition.
2020 Booker Prize Shortlist
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