As you might have seen already this week, Callum, Emily, Hannah, Marija, Rachel, Sarah, Steph and I got together after ranting more or less forever about the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 Longlist (underwhelming) and came up with a whole new list of what books we think would have made a far more exciting list!
Obviously this is based on our personal tastes, some books we’re really excited for and some we really loved and thought were truly powerful reads. We followed the same rules as the original prize, so that this list is quite comparable to what the WP could have been, if we’d been the judges (hint, hint). This is just for fun and was decided quite spontaneously, so obviously the list isn’t perfect and neither is this all very serious. We all love the Women’s Prize for Fiction and love finding new books every year with it!
The squad has some posts talking about our longlist:
They’re all fantastic and really, you should follow all of us and see what happens! Maybe we’ll have some flops, for sure we won’t love all of them, but AT LEAST there’s no Greek retelling this year and maybe only a limited amount of books about how motherhood sucks! Instead, we got murder, dark academia and even YA, which is really exciting for me.
If you wanna follow us on Twitter while we read and talk about the longlist, you can use #womensprizesquad.
- Bunny by Mona Awad / Goodreads
- The Body Lies by Jo Baker / Goodreads
- Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo / Goodreads
- The Fire Starters by Jan Carson / Goodreads
- Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann / Goodreads / Review
- Actress by Anne Enright / Goodreads / Review
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo / Goodreads / Review
- My Name is Monster by Katie Hale / Goodreads
- The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave/ Goodreads
- The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy / Goodreads / Review
- Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips / Goodreads
- My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell / Goodreads / Review
- Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater / Goodreads
- Supper Club by Lara Williams / Goodreads
- The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld / Goodreads
- Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson / Goodreads
I have read and reviewed 5/16, and have another 6 already as physical copies! Can you tell I’m excited to read them? We would love if you guys checked out these books, let us know which you’re rooting for, which you’ve read and if you’ll be reading any of the other books we’ve longlisted!