Hello and welcome to one of the first posts where I go through some of the goals I have for myself in 2021. One challenge I have for myself is reading a shortlist. This past year I did the Man Booker Prize, which is not just the Booker Prize. I will be posting a wrap up to that tomorrow, so keep an eye out! This year I decided I am going to read the International Booker Prize 2020 Shortlist.
I decided to do the international edition of this literary award so I read more from around the world and read some more translated works. I realized in 2020 I do like translated books quite a bit and I thought this would be a great way to learn about new authors.
The Shortlisted Books
- The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar – Iran
- The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara – Argentina
- Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann – German
- Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor – Mexico
- The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa – Japan
- The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld – Netherlands (Winner)
After reading the description of each of these books I can honestly say I think this year is the most I have been excited to complete this reading challenge. These stories sound wonderfully written, unique, and they all sound like something I would be interested in if I was not doing this challenge. I already picked up Hurricane Season to get started on this in January and I will continue from there.
Do you have any book awards that you follow or keep tabs on?