I'm very excited to be joining this blog. I am currently in grad school for Library Science, and I think I will really enjoy discussing books with others. I don't really know anyone who reads as much or the same content as I do, so this will be a nice resource for me.
I started my own Booker challenge about a year ago, and I stumbled across this blog last winter. I don't read many blogs (although I'm starting to more), and I don't blog myself, but I am so excited that other people are doing this too that I had to start.
Rather than do reviews of previously read books, I'll just include my brief opionions.
Bookers I have read:
2008 - The White Tiger - (I enjoyed this, although I was slightly disappointed. I felt like more should have happened. It seemed to build up to an insufficient climax).
2003 - Vernon God Little - (I don't know what to say. This book is hard to pin down. I enjoyed it, but I was not sad when it was over).
2002 - Life of Pi - (I loved it, which surprised me. I generally shy away from and often dislike "popular" books, but this was my first Booker and it hooked me).
2001 - True History of the Kelly Gang - (This was very challenging for me. Carey uses such distinct dialect and geographic descriptions, all of which was foreign to me.)
1998 - Amsterdam - (Not a challenging book, but I really questioned whether it was the best selection from that year's picks. I will have to read the shortlist to find out).
Shortlist selections I have read:
2008 - Child 44 (longlist) - (I read this very quickly, and enjoyed it, but I am glad it didn't win or even make the shortlist. It was good, but not great).
2006 - Theft: A Love Story - (This was another challenging Carey read for me, but much more accessible than True History of the Kelley Gang).
After rereading my descriptions, I seem to dislike Booker books. This isn't neccesarily true, but I did sometimes find myself enjoying the satisfaction of finishing one more than the process of reading it.
I am currently reading The Blind Assassin. I started it almost a month ago, and it was very slow-going for me for a long time. Last weekend I woke up at 2:00am and read until almost 4:00am, so I got a large section behind me, and I am starting to enjoy it much more. I should be done by this weekend, and I will post a review soon thereafter.