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Chelle's attempt at enjoying some Booker Prize Books

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Edited: Sep 24, 2017, 9:02pm Top

Winners that I have read
2012 Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
2011 Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
2009 Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
2006 The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
2002 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
2000 The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
1999 Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
1981 Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

International Winners that I have read
2016 The Vegetarian by Han King

Short Listed Books that I have read
2011 Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
2010 Room by Emma Donoghue
2008 Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
2005 On Beauty by Zadie Smith
2003 Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
1996 Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
1986 The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Long list Books that I have read
2003 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

Edited: Apr 2, 9:28am Top

Books I would like to read in the near future


2016 The Sellout by Paul Beatty
2015 A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
2000 The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
1992 The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
1985 The Bone People by Keri Hulme
1984 Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner

Short List
2001 Atonement by Ian McEwan
2017 Autumn by Ali Smith

Long List

Books I own and haven't read

Jun 25, 2012, 2:16pm Top

Hi Chelle,
Im here to amp up my Booker reads, just like you! Good luck, maybe I need to add short listed books too.....there are some great ones.

Jun 26, 2012, 9:00am Top

Welcome, Chelle! I've read most of the books you mentioned, and I'll read The Inheritance of Loss this week, after I finish Bring Up the Bodies.

Jun 26, 2012, 10:00am Top

HI Megan! I've only recently started paying attention to prices in fiction. I've read some of the Orange Prize and the Booker caught my eye so I thought I would try and read some more of the winners :)

Thanks Darryl! I hope you enjoy Inheritance of Loss, it was one of those ones that I just didn't like but I could for sure see why it was an award winner.

Jul 3, 2012, 4:29pm Top

Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
Read for 75 books in 2012,
12 in 2012:Category #9) Chunky Monkeys: Books over 500 pages long
Booker Prize


Set on the eve of the opium wars the story revolves around a former slave ship The Ibis and it's motley cast of characters that are traveling to Mauritius; coolies, convicts, and stowaways and the ship's crew. With many different lives involved the novel is long in the setting up the background of their stories and each person's reasons for ending up on the ship and their involvement in the opium trade and how it is changing their lives.

This has a very complex plot and with so many characters it is hard to summarize but it was quite an enchanting read and I can see why there has been so much hype on LT about this one and the second in the trilogy River of Smoke. I plan on continuing with the trilogy right away. I just hope Ghosh has started writing the third!

Jul 3, 2012, 5:40pm Top

>6 ChelleBearss: I just hope Ghosh has started writing the third!


Sep 8, 2012, 4:32am Top

You loved it! I didn't :(
I just didn't, what can I say?
Glad you did

Sep 8, 2012, 5:59am Top

Hi there Chelle! Of the books that you look forward to reading, I'll bet that you will like The Handmaid's Tale. It's some pretty interesting dystopian reading.:) I cannot abideIan McEwan, though the only book of his that I have read was Atonement. I got into it by an audiobook from the library and finished it off with written copy, otherwise I would have never made my way through. Of course he is very popular with many readers, but not with me!:)

Sep 8, 2012, 7:23am Top

I also loved Sea of Poppies and plan to read River of Smoke soon. I agree with vancouverdeb -- I think you'll like Handmaid's Tale. Even if you end up not liking it, it's worth reading just because it's the most well-known and heavily discussed Atwood novel.

Sep 8, 2012, 11:35am Top

haha Megan, everyone has different tastes and can't love all the same books in the same way. Are you glad that you read it though?

Hi Deb. I just found The Handmaid's Tale on audible read by Clair Danes. I almost bought it. Maybe next month.

Hi Mathgirl. I love Atwood so I imagine I would love The Handmaid's Tale. I would love to eventually have read all of Atwood's novels.

Sep 8, 2012, 2:03pm Top

I loved Ghosh's The Hungry Tide so I am definitely reading his trilogy some day. I didn't care for Inheritance of Loss -- very dense reading.

I've read several Atwoods and I love her writing. Here is my ranking of the ones I've read:

Cat's Eye -- 1989 Booker Shortlist --
Handmaid's Tale -- 1986 Booker Shortlist --
The Penelopiad --
Alias Grace -- 1996 Booker Shortlist --
Blind Assassin -- 2000 Booker Winner --
Oryx and Crake -- 2003 Booker Shortlist --

I really enjoyed both The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and Life of Pi. Hope you do, too! I'm really looking forward to the film of Life of Pi.

P.S. My real name is Michelle

Sep 16, 2012, 3:19pm Top

I had no idea that so many of Atwoods had been short/long listed for the Booker!

Edited: Mar 31, 2013, 4:42pm Top

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (4.5*)

Read for:
75 Books Challenge for 2013,
2013 Category Challenge: Canadian Authors
Orange Prize Shortlist
Booker Prize Shortlist
Atwood April

Orxy and Crake reads like a mixture of science fiction and post-apocalyptic fiction and Atwood herself calls it speculative fiction. Call it whatever you want, I'm calling it awesome! Atwood has an amazing mind and this book is full of her creativity and wit.

Snowman, also know as Jimmy in his past life, is struggling to survive in a world that has been destroyed by plague. The only company that he has are the Children of Crake, human-like creations that have been created by Snowman's old friend Crake to live harmoniously with each other without hatred or lust. They bring Snowman food and he teaches them about the world that they have been thrust into.

Snowman narrates through flashbacks to his childhood and the time prior to the plague and the present, where he is running out of food and has limited protection from the hybrid predators, like wolvogs, rakunks and pigoons, that were released from captivity during the plague.

As you can imagine from this terribly written review this is a very difficult book to summarize without giving away too much information about the plot. If you like science fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction or speculative fiction then I recommend this book to you!

Jul 28, 2013, 9:17pm Top

On Beauty by Zadie Smith (4*)
Read for:
75 Books Challenge for 2013,
2013 Category Challenge: Prize winners (Booker or Orange Prizes)

This was my first novel by Zadie Smith and I found it very enjoyable and really easy to get into. I will be grabbing White Teeth as soon as possible.

Aug 20, 2016, 12:24pm Top

Life of Pi by Yann Martell (58)
Read for:
1001 Books to read before you die,
Booker Prize

Read as audio book and absolutely loved it!

Sep 24, 2017, 8:58pm Top

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

I picked up this book as I thought it was a Booker Prize winner but I was slightly incorrect in that it's actually a Booker International Prize winner.

Either way, I loved the book from the opening line "Before my wife turned vegetarian, I'd always thought of her as completely unremarkable in every way." I loved it until the final page which I had to read over again to ensure I didn't miss something. Perhaps the author was trying to be too deep but I found the ending unsatisfactory.

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