ToBX this morning. Yahoo! The bad news is that we are not in good shape! I've only read 5, and you've read 2. I'm starting school, you're starting crafting! What's going to happen?
All right. Let's take a moment to mourn the unbelievable fact that Americanah was not included.
And now a moment of joy that neither of us will ever have to think about Tampa again.
Of the contenders, I've read At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón, The Dinner by Herman Koch, The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, and Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.
I'm mostly happy because 3 of these were end of the year/winter break reads for me. So I was pretty successful at selecting from the Long List there. The only "wasted" read was The Flamethrowers, because I would have definitely abandoned it, but I was sure it would make it. Oh well.
Of the remaining, I ordered a few using holiday gift cards: The Tuner of Silences by Mia Couto, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid, The Son by Philipp Meyer, and A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. My guess is that I'll tackle How to get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia first. I've heard good things about it, and let's face it, it has a killer title.
I know that the library at school has Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, and The Good Lord Bird by James McBride.
That leaves the following *four* that I've never heard of: Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel, Long Division by Kiese Laymon, Hill William by Scott McClanahan, and The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara. This group can go either way, I guess. I usually try to make time for these, because they tend to be outside of my "usual" fare as a reader. Some of these types of ToB selectons have been some of my favorites, others I have hated the most.
I guess we'll see where that leaves me come March. The one I'm willing right away to leave on the road is The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. I just thought Eat, Pray, Love was so annoying. I can't imagine making time for this one. Last year, by the end, I had finished an impressive 17 of 18, but I don't think I'll get that lucky this year.