- The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman – this is our next read for my book club at work.
- Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders – I have been on the overdrive waitlist for this for a while now, but I should be able to get it in the next couple of weeks. As I’m writing this, I’m currently #7 on 4 copies – so my time is coming!
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – I’ve been on the overdrive waiting list for this one since the first week of January and I’m finally #2! But I have a feeling that I’m going to end up buying it – I love having books on creative lives as inspiration!
- Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics) by Charlotte Bronte – I have been rereading for a bit now, but hope to have it finished at some point this spring.
Okay – on to the first books that I’m planning to tackle for the Baileys Prize
- Barkskins: A Novel by Annie Proulx – which I’m actually already reading! This was the only nominee that my public library had, so I didn’t have to waffle over which book to start with.
- The Lonely Hearts Hotel: A Novel by Heather O’Neill – another book that I’ve had on my overdrive hold list since mid-February. I’m #4 on 1 copy, so I should definitely be able to get to this one before the prize is announced!
- The Power by Naomi Alderman – Dystopian science fiction? I’ll take it!
- Little Deaths: A Novel by Emma Flint – about two young children found dead and their mother is blamed for their murder. As a mother of two young children, I’m not sure how I’m going to handle this one, but I’m going to check it out.
- The Woman Next Door: A Novel by Yewande Omotoso – two women that are neighbors, of different races, and are sworn enemies. I’m glad that I get to be a fly on the wall!
- Midwinter by Fiona Melrose – Suffolk farmers grappling with painful memories and family. I love big, messy family stories!
Those are only the first five books that I’m tackling – there are eleven more nominees on my spring TBR.
Have you read any of the nominated books? I hadn’t read any. And other than Margaret Atwood (who is my hero), all of the writers are new to me!