Wonderful to be among you all. This past year I set the goal of reading all of the Booker winners and shortlist, but I felt alone. The Booker Prize is my favorite literary prize, and even when I don't like the book, I usually at least appreciate it and recognize the depth of the experience I had with it. And now to be able to share that with other avid Booker junkies--I'm very excited!
My name is Trevor Berrett. I am just finishing my second year of law school, but before law school I taught English literature. I can't get that out of my system. As demanding as law school is, I have never allowed it to alienate me from great books, especially those honored by Booker.
Here is my "have read" list: The Gathering, The Sea, Life of Pi, The Blind Assassin, Disgrace, The Famished Road, Possession: A Romance, The Remains of the Day, The Sea, the Sea.
I am excited that I still have so many in front of me. Hopefully some of the best.
However, many of my favorites come from the short list. Here's my list of my favorites: Arthur and George, Cloud Atlas, Atonement, The Handmaid's Tale, Never Let Me Go, and When We Were Orphans. And this year, I liked each shortlisted book I read better than the eventual winner: The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mister Pip, and On Chesil Beach.
Here is my six-to-read list for this year:
Midnight's Children (6/23)
Life and Times of Michael K (completed 5/01)
Oscar and Lucinda (completed 5/21)
The English Patient
Sacred Hunger (completed 4/27)
True History of the Kelly Gang
Here are some that popped up along the way:
Amsterdam (completed 5/07)
Hotel du Lac (completed 5/11)
The Ghost Road (completed 5/26)
The Siege of Krishnapur (completed 6/05)
The Conservationist (completed 6/09)
Alias Grade (completed 7/02)