I am blessedly on vacation! It’s a beautiful, sunny week so far and I’m happy to spend time relaxing and reading on the balcony, trying out new recipes and petting the cat. It’s been a productive reading week, with finally finishing The Mirror and the Light (review to come!) and being able to finish Red at the Bone in one day, so now I’ve read 7 of 16 longlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, DNF-ed 1, won’t read 2, and I’m 1/3 or so into another one. Not so many left to read – it’s pretty exciting to be moving forward!
The shortlisted books for the WP comes out tomorrow! I have failed miserably in reading the books for it on time, but I have no regrets. This year’s longlist was not very exciting to me and I am glad I decided not to read the entire list, but rather focus on the books that actually interested me. I’ve read many reviews, and feel quite confident in predicting which books will make it to the shortlist.
My prediction for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 Shortlist is:
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
- How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
- The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
- Actress by Anne Enright
- Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell
- A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
I think it’s not an exciting list, but the entire longlist was at best lackluster, so… *shrug* I don’t feel particularly guilty for guessing at a rather boring list (but a good one! I loved all those books, except for Hamnet, which I haven’t read yet. It’s just that there’s so little variety and NEW things).
Other bloggers’ predictions:
Callum McLaughlin – Reading the Women’s Prize Longlist | Wrap Up, Wish list & Shortlist Predictions
Laura Tisdall – Predictions for the Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist, 2020
Gil Reads Books – Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020: Reflections and Shortlist Predictions
All these posts are amazing, definitely check them out! I’m not-so-surprised to see that a few of the books are making it to every prediction so far. They’re really good: The Mirror and the Light, Girl, Woman, Other and How We Disappeared seem to be pretty solid contenders!
Weekly Wrap Up