Ok, folks. It’s time. After obsessively refreshing (and refreshing, and refreshing) The Morning News site, impatiently and anxiously awaiting the short list announcement, I find myself overall quite tickled by the results.
Last year was honestly a bit of a disappointing line-up, and I found myself loosing interest, and never even ended up posting final thoughts, or really much of anything along the way. This year promises to be a different story, I’m hoping.
I apologize in advance for the excessive use of parentheses, but… whatever, get over it. I have.
At the time of the list announcement, I have read a whopping grand total of three of the short list selections (The Mothers, The Vegetarian, and Grief Is The Thing With Feathers). I own one additional book (Homegoing), and am currently listening to one (okay, two) other(s) via audiobook (The Underground Railroad and My Name Is Lucy Barton).
My strategy going forward is to focus on reading the ones I wanted to read back when I first heard about them (i.e. Homegoing, All The Birds In The Sky, Version Control, We Love You Charlie Freeman). Depending on how quickly, or not, I get through those will determine what others I end up picking up. And, let’s be honest, I’m at the mercy of my library holds list and my mad skills in working the system in my favor. (Insert evil laugh track here).
The “play in” this year will be between the three sports related books (Sudden Death, The Sport of Kings, and The Throwback Special). Barf, not really my thing. I’m not going to even consider reading any of those until I know which one makes the final sixteen… and honestly, probably not even then.
There are also one or two I’m just not digging, and will pretty much 100% for sure not be getting to, which is cool by me. Lastly there are some real chunksters on the list this time around (The Nix, Version Control, The Sport Of Kings), although they could have been realllllllly mean and included the over 1,200 page Jerusalem, which I *NEVER* would have even considered trying to pick up at this time in my life… or ever.
So, I have a plan, let’s put it into action! Any of you out there reading along for ToB17? I’d love to chat about it, and hear your reading strategy.