Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Tournament of Books 2021

Tournament of Books
Rooster Award for best fiction
sponsored by Field Notes and Bookshop
details | daily

Love to treat myself with this annual self challenge of reading some or all of the shortlist books for this tournament.

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WINNER: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

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THE SHORTLIST:

Breasts and Eggs
by Mieko Kawakami,
translated by Sam Bett, David Boyd
Literary, Feminism, Japan | Goodreads | my rating: 5
female body image, children and meaning of life

A Children’s Bible
by Lydia Millet
Literary, Dystopia | Goodreads | my rating: 5
adults lacking

Deacon King Kong
by James McBride
Historical, Literary | Goodreads | my rating: dnf

Interior Chinatown
by Charles Yu
Literary, China | Goodreads

Leave the World Behind
by Rumaan Alam
Thriller, Mystery | Goodreads | my rating: 4
to be safe

Luster
by Raven Leilani
Contemporary, African American | Goodreads | my rating: 4
suburban fantasies, twisted relationships

Memorial
by Bryan Washington
Contemporary, LGBTQ | Goodreads | my rating: 4
modern love, parents

Piranesi
by Susanna Clarke
Fantasy | Goodreads | my rating: 5
love how this unravels with its many halls and statues along the way

Sharks in the Time of Saviors
by Kawai Strong Washburn
Magical Realism, Hawaii | Goodreads | my rating: dnf

Shuggie Bain
by Douglas Stuart
Historical, Scotland | Goodreads | my rating: 4
sad realities, but love it there

Telephone
by Percival Everett
Contemporary, Family | Goodreads

Tender Is the Flesh
by Agustina Bazterrica
translated by Sarah Moses
Horror, Dystopia | Goodreads | my rating: 5
creepy, fertility, mortality, morality

Transcendent Kingdom
by Yaa Gyasi
Contemporary, Africa | Goodreads | my rating: 5
religion, science, addiction, depression

The Vanishing Half
by Brit Bennett
Historical | Goodreads | my rating: 4
living true, what's it worth

We Ride Upon Sticks
by Quan Barry
Historical, Sports, Witches | Goodreads

PLAY-IN ROUND:
The Down Days
by Ilze Hugo
Dystopia, South Africa | Goodreads | my rating: 5
grief, hair, ghostbusters

Red Pill
by Hari Kunzru
SciFi, Germany | Goodreads | my rating: 4

The Resisters
by Gish Jen
SciFi, Baseball | Goodreads

2 comments:

  1. I liked Leave the World Behind, and I want to read The Vanishing Half :)

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  2. Yeah, Yaa Ghasi made the list. I love her writing. You have some good ones to pick from here.

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