Man Bookers and More…

I have had quite an influx of books at Savidge Towers from some lovely publishers and thought I would share with you what titles you may well be seeing much more of on Savidge Reads. The first set of books that have been coming very kindly through the letter box are of course my main source of reading through August and that is the Man Booker Long List.

Booker Books

Now I have ordered them into “read” which are standing up vertically, “going to read” horizontally and then ‘The Children’s Book’ which is my “steady progress” I actually should have put The Wilderness slightly at an angle as I am re-reading that one again as I think I read it to fast earlier this year and missed some of the magic you have been mentioning. ‘Love & Summer’ was read this week and ‘The Little Stranger’ I read a while ago, I am still finding the latter is one I think about a lot in hindsight. I have just finished ‘Heliopolis’ so expect a review of that soon, possibly later today. I am feeling quite chuffed I have gone from having read one and a half of the list to 4 and 3/4 in a week. Now which should I read next? I still have two more to come which are apparently in the post and those are ‘How To Paint A Dead Man’ by Sarah Hall and ‘The Glass Room’ by Simon Mawer… I hope they arrive in time before the shortlist is announced! Eek! There has also been some non Booker books arrive…

Non Booker Books

We have in the picture (do you like my new bedding?) just in case you cant see the books are;

  • One Day – David Nicholls ( we meet a couple of people on the same day every year for twenty years and see how their lives entwine)
  • Serena – Ron Rash (don’t know much about this but sounds like an epic novel)
  • Border Songs – Jim Lynch (haven’t read him before but have always wanted to try The Highest Tide)
  • A Beginner’s Guide To Acting English – Shappi Khorsandi (I think she is a brilliant comic and a tale of escaping to Britain should be quite funny)
  • Of Bee’s & Mist – Erick Sethwan (not out till December this is meant to be an amazing debut of magical surrealism based on folklore from Erick varying family cultures, apparently this has been quite big in America)
  • The Other – David Gutterson (someone I have always wanted to try)
  • Julie & Julia – Julie Powell (I won’t lie I will be reading this pronto!)
  • The Monsters of Templeton – Lauren Groff (a debut novel thats sounds very exciting and me and I have been wanting to read since it came out in hardback)
  • The Bronte’s Went To Woolworths – Rachel Feruson (I seem to be late on the uptake with this re-released classic)
  • Henrietta’s War – Joyce Dennys (Paperback Reader and Stuck-in-a-Book have both loved this so I am sure I will)
  • The Angels Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafon (loved Shadow of the Wind, VERY excited about this one)

 Now if this wasnt enough I had two more deliveries (my Gran is staying and has been flabberghasted at the arrivals) one which isgoing to remain secret and be a theme for Septembers blogs and I will announce at the weekend and hope some of you will join in. The other wasn’t for me… or my Gran, but for ‘The Converted One’.

Brazilian Books

The lovely people at Bloomsbury had sent two Brazilian authors works they are publishing this year, or have published sorry. ‘Equator’ by Miguel Sousa Tavares which ‘The Converted One’ is “going to read next, is so kind of them” and ‘Ashes of the Amazon’ by Milton Hatoum which won the Brazil Jabuti Prize for Best Novel in 2006. After enjoying Heliopolis (even though not by a Brazilian but set there) I am going to have to piler these myself!

Which of these books have you been tempted to read or have your read? Have you read anything else by one of the authors? As ever do let me know, I love all your opinions. What books are at the top of your TBR and are you itching to start?


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22 responses to “Man Bookers and More…

  1. So many lovely books!

    It’s great to see the Bookers photographed together, and even if there are two still to come it still looks intimidating! You’ve made great progress in such a short time.

    I started to read Heliopolis last night and really enjoying it so far.

    Still intrigued by September’s theme!

    I love the new bedding :).

    The other new books all sound intriguing, especially One Day.
    I also have a copy of A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English and wonder how well her comedy will translate to prose.

    Happy reading!

    • I think all the blinking postal strikes have meant that they all came in a sort of mass. Was nice though and must put you and Simon’s links in, sorry with Gran here everythings a bit manical.

      Glad you like the bedding am having a bit of a grand victoriana pattern sort of thing happening at the mo. Which may or may not link into septembers theme hahaha.

      Heliopolis is good isnt it, it would’ve be better if everytime I was reading it the non reader didnt give me a smug ‘read that first’ face.

      • There’s nothing worse that the smugness of a significant other!
        Heliopolis is really good.

        Hmmm, Victoriana… I am sensing something to be excited about! Bookers, Persephone Week, Simon’s September…

  2. I was eyeing that bedding even before you mentioned it. Very nice! I have to admit, I’ve not ready many in your stack, but what a good stack it is! I really enjoyed Julie & Julia (and better yet, have you read “My Life in France”?). Cooking and blogging are two of my passions, so I couldn’t resist. And of course I had to read it before seeing the movie, which I loved as well.

    So are we going to hear from Gran?

  3. That is an impressive stack of books! Your postman must love you this week!

    I have only recently discovered South American authors and hope to find a few more books set there soon.

    I enjoyed The Monsters of Templeton, so look forward to seeing what you think of that.

    Enjoy your new books!

    • The Monsters of Templeton has been really appealing to me since Waterstones did a big feature on it in stores and in their magazine. I will hunt your review after I have finished it.

  4. I just came across you blog; it’s great. I have to check out some of these titles which are new to me; thanks

  5. I also have a copy of Monsters of Templeton that keeps calling out to me (hate to admit how long it has lingered unread), and really, really want a copy of the Sarah Waters. How amazingly Bookerish you are this month! I always take the somewhat lame approach of waiting for the shortlist and then making sure I have read through those. Sad, I know but I lack your ambition. Have fun with Gran!

  6. Simon,

    A very nice mix of books. I have read books from a few of the authors listed: David Gutterson and Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Others are new to me but sound interesting; especially “One Day” by David Nicholls. Looking forward to your reviews of these books.


  7. justicejenniferreads

    This is quite a book list. I’ll be reading Julie and Julia pronto as well!

  8. Oh my goodness! I’m actually drooling at the sight of the Man Booker longlisted books! I don’t have a single title from this year’s longlisted novels yet, but I just ordered Waters’ The Little Stranger from an online retailer. I’m a sucker for a well-written ghost story, so this book goes to the top of my TBR shelf as soon as I get it.

    • No drooling Peter hahaha. The Little Stranger is good but its not quite the ghost story you (and for that matter me too ) maybe be expecting. Its a book that sticks with you though.

  9. That looks pretty intimidating, stacked up. Am reading The Wilderness at the mo, and it seems interesting so far. Also, really want to read The Little Stranger and Heliopolis, although the one book that seems to be grabbing my attention is How To Paint A Dead Man.

    I wasn’t planning on going through the longlist, but, it looks like I am, albeit maybe a tad inadvertently.

    I’ve had The Angel’s Game on my shelf for ages, just waiting to be picked up at “the right time”.

    • Oh we are reading The Wilderness at the same time, we must compare notes via email and the like. How To Paint A Dead Man may take a while to arrive as its being reprinted but am looking forward to it, its not quite hit my radar yet.

  10. Like uncertainprinciples, How to Paint a Dead Man is the one I really want to read out of the Booker lot.

    I really like that you featured those two Brazilian titles, as I’ve never heard of them and now am intrigued, will keep the titles on hand, thanks.

    I’ve Henrietta’s War on the tbr, but may reserve it for the read-a-thon in October!!!!

    Wondering what the September theme is?? And, yes, love your bedding!

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