The shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 was announced last night at midnight and this year there’s a great mix of genres. We have some contemporaries, a couple of fantasies and a thriller.
I initially set out to read the entire longlist when it was announced but unfortunately this year I was only able to get to 6 of the 16 books.
On the shortlist I have read half, DNFed two and going to get to one. We’ll start with those I was able to read.
Circe by Madeline Miller – This is one I knew would be on here even though I didn’t necessarily love it myself. As the title suggests this tells the story of greek goddess Circe who only played a minor role in the greek myths.
My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – A thriller that wasn’t very thrilling but explores a very complex sister relationship.
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker – This is another greek myth retelling and tells the story of achilles through the eyes of his slave Briseis. I haven’t got around to doing a full review of this book yet but I think I probably will because I have some thoughts. Basically, this isn’t entirely what I expected but I didn’t hate it.
Now onto the ones I haven’t read…
Ordinary People by Diana Evans – Now, I had planned to not read this. It doesn’t really sound like my cup of tea as it’s about marriage and that’s not a subject that I find interesting in books. Which leads onto the next one…
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – …which is obviously about marriage. I had tried to read this book before the longlist was announced and I actually DNFed it and planned on never picking it up again. I will give it another try but I’m not opposed to DNFing it again.
Milkman by Anna Burns – I did give this a try and I actually wasn’t hating it. The way it explores Ireland and the Troubles there I found very unique and interesting. I had to put it down though as I basically felt like I was rushing it. I will have to set aside a week to just focus on this book sometime in May.
Not long now until 2019 winner will be announced. You have until June 5th to read these 6 books if you’re interested!
If you have read them, what do you think? Was there anything you hoped would make the shortlist that didn’t? I’m very disappointed Normal People isn’t here as it was definitely my favourite of the ones I read.
Thanks for reading,