[List] Man Booker International Prize Longlist 2017

The longlist for the Man Booker International Prize 2017 was announced last week and I’ve been looking into the books that made it on there. I have to admit that I’ve usually not paid a lot of attention to the Booker Prize (or all that many other prizes honestly). Little over a year ago I also wasn’t reading as much and as widely as I do now, so that probably has a lot to do with it as well. But since reading (and really loving) Han Kang’s “The Vegetarian” last year, which was the 2016 international winner, I made a mental note to make sure I properly check it out this year!

I probably won’t be reading everything on the longlist, but I’ve listed some books below that definitely have caught my attention and that I would love to read soon.

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[Book Review] The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

51mw5yfmqxl-_sx324_bo1204203200_Title: The Handmaid’s Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, classics, speculative fiction, dystopian

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: In the not so distant future, the former America has become the oppressive Republic of Gilead. Before Gilead, Offred led a normal, happy life together with her husband, her daughter, and her job – and she even still had her own name. Now, in an age of declining births, she is a Handmaid, a woman who is only valued because she is fertile. She has been stripped of her rights, her identity, and her body, and is only there to provide a child for her Commander and his infertile wife. If she fails to give birth or dissents in any way, she will be shipped off to the Colonies, a wasteland permeated by radioactive toxins, or hanged at the Wall.

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[Book Review] Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

51dhqi5bufl-_sx324_bo1204203200_Title: Strange Weather in Tokyo
Author: Hiromi Kawakami
Genre: Fiction, contemporary, romance

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: 37-year old Tsukiko is drinking alone in a local bar when she happens to meet her former high school Japanese teacher. Unable to remember his name, she falls into the old habit of calling the 67-year old man “Sensei”. Tsukiko and Sensei are both lonely people, and though they are in many ways a mismatched couple, they continue to meet and their friendship deepens.

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[Poetry Review] Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest

41n7immud1l-_sx342_bo1204203200_Title: Hold Your Own
Author: Kate Tempest
Genre: Prose poetry

Where I got the book: I purchased this collection through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Structured around the Greek myth of the blind prophet Tiresias, this modern interpretation presents a collection of poems on gender, love, childhood, age, and sexuality.

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[Poetry Review] Bright Minds Empty Souls by Jennae Cecelia

41mwivoomsl-_sx311_bo1204203200_Title: Bright Minds Empty Souls
Author: Jennae Cecelia
Genre: Prose poetry

Where I got the book: I purchased this collection through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Summary: A poetry collection about falling in and out of love with yourself and others. For the hopeless romantics and those who need a friend to comfort their late night thoughts.

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[ARC Review] Gray Places by Julia Byrd

516svjbjmhlTitle: Gray Places
Author: Julia Byrd
Genre: Fiction, romance, gothic

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Release date:
April 5th, 2017

Where I got the book: I received a free e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary (from Goodreads)1790s Yorkshire, England – Katherine Gilbert sets out for Wainforth Manor in North Yorkshire to fulfill her father’s last request. The master of Wainforth, Thomas Norcliffe, does not welcome her unannounced arrival, so Katherine must tread carefully around his dark moods while attempting to unlock the history buried in his ancestral home. After she receives more than one whispered warning from the townspeople in Wainforth Village, Katherine’s initial audacity begins to waver. Deadly secrets from the Norcliffe family’s past are resurfacing, and Katherine begins to realize that the biggest danger lies within herself – the wisest course is to leave, but she wants to stay at Wainforth Manor and uncover the truth about Thomas Norcliffe.

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[Book Review] Human Acts by Han Kang

41h05bsiz7l-_sx339_bo1204203200_Title: Human Acts
Author: Han Kang
Genre: Fiction, historical fiction

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: In May 1980, a violent student uprising takes place in Gwangju, South Korea, and in the midst of it all, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed. The story of his murder, as well as the story of the uprising, is told through different viewpoints in a series of interconnected chapters. Through the voices of Dong-ho’s best friend, an editor facing censorship, a prisoner, a factory worker, and Dong-Ho’s own grieving mother, we learn about the reverberations of violence, the crushing reality of oppression, and the unrelenting hope that resides in humanity.

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