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2019 Short List!

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1RidgewayGirl
Dec 13, 2018, 8:06pm Top

And it's been announced! Get over there to see what you've read, what you haven't read and what you plan to read soon. And don't forget to vote in the Zombie Poll - it closed before the new year.

https://themorningnews.org/article/the-2019-tournament-of-books-shortlist-and-judges

2mathgirl40
Dec 13, 2018, 9:15pm Top

It's great that the list was announced so early! I'll have a better chance this year of getting through most of the list. So far, I've read only Warlight.

3RidgewayGirl
Dec 14, 2018, 8:11am Top

>2 mathgirl40: I had just checked out a stack of longlist books, only one of which made the cut and now I'm trying to decide which of them to read anyway.

4mathgirl40
Dec 14, 2018, 5:29pm Top

>3 RidgewayGirl: I'd put several longlist books on hold at the library but have now suspended the holds in favour of books on the shortlist. Jesse Ball's Census is available, so I'll probably start that soon. I'm completely torn right now between wanting to read from the ToB list and trying to complete my 2018 challenges!

5pursuitofsanity
Dec 16, 2018, 1:31pm Top

I am so glad the list came out early, because I also think that I have a better chance of being able to play the whole game. Alas, yet again I have done a not-very-good job of picking things to read between the release of the longlist and the release of the shortlist. Or rather, I have done an excellent job, because I adored the books I read (most especially The Great Believers), but none of the books that I actually read in the interval made the shortlist. I've got a stack of longlist books that I'll keep reading while I wait for the shortlist batch to turn up from the library.

From the shortlist I've only read Census and The Overstory, I absolutely adored the first section of The Overstory, but it lost me as it went on, and I was underwhelmed by the ending. Census was technically excellent, but it just didn't get under my skin.

Would other people be interested in a thread for "Longlist Books That You Should Totally Read Anyway" because I would like to play that game.

6RidgewayGirl
Dec 17, 2018, 7:38am Top

>5 pursuitofsanity: I'm reading The Great Believers now and I'm loving it. We can totally discuss the long list!

And the book I'm most reluctant to read is The Overstory. I read his previous novel, Orfeo, and it didn't speak to me.

7LittleTaiko
Dec 18, 2018, 12:28pm Top

I haven't read any of the books on the list yet but do have quite a few waiting for me at the library. I'm most interested in My Sister, the Serial Killer. Also looking forward to the inevitable book that will wow me from the tournament.

8zhejw
Jan 2, 2:35pm Top

I just created a list for us to keep track of what we read. Go check it out, add those you've read, and rank your favorites!

http://www.librarything.com/list/20339/all/2019-Tournament-of-Books#

9RidgewayGirl
Jan 2, 3:22pm Top

>8 zhejw: Yay! Thank you!

I've just started both Warlight and A Terrible Country. They are very different books, but both are very good so far.

10McDirk
Jan 7, 1:35pm Top

So I'm halfway through Call Me Zebra. Can anyone tell me whether it gets less monotonous? Getting a strong urge to move on...

11mathgirl40
Jan 10, 11:05pm Top

>8 zhejw: Thanks for setting up the list!

>10 McDirk: I got about a quarter of the way through Call Me Zebra and then decided to put it aside for a while. I didn't hate it but it wasn't particularly appealing either. I'll probably return to it later. I'm hoping you'll let us know whether it does get less monotonous. :)

I finished Census and There There recently. I thought There There was excellent, but I believe Census will make for more interesting ToB discussion. I'm eager to hear what the judges will say about it.

I'm currently listening to the audiobook version of Washington Black. I'm halfway through and loving every moment so far.

12RidgewayGirl
Jan 11, 7:36am Top

I loved A Terrible Country. This is why I love the Tournament -- I never would have read this without it being on the short list. I'm going to start the third book in the play-in round soon.

13LittleTaiko
Jan 11, 10:42am Top

I finally read one of the books from the list! Finished The House of Broken Angels last night and enjoyed it quite a bit. Then again I tend to like messy family stories with a bit of humor to them.

14McDirk
Edited: Jan 12, 12:19am Top

>11 mathgirl40: Made it through Call Me Zebra! And I am officially conflicted, which I imagine is the intent. I think stopping for a while, like you did, would have helped, but my e-version was about to expire and I had to power through. It was exasperating work, and I don't want to hear the word "literature" again for a long time, but something would draw me back in every time I thought of quitting, and now I feel a lot of affection for it. The back half has more absurd, funny moments to look forward to, if that helps.

15kayanelson
Today, 8:12am Top

I like your list as it's nice to order my books so that when the brackets come the books will be ranked. Do you know what the easiest way to get to the list is? I keep on having to come to this page and then clicking on your link. Thanks.

16kayanelson
Today, 8:15am Top

So far I've read 7 of the shortlisted books (I actually did an okay job of picking books from the longlist). I just finished Washington Black this morning and really love it. Next up are Call Me Zebra and The Overstory.

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