Man Booker International Prize…a journey

So I was inspired. By Maxwell at WellDoneBooks over on Booktube. He set up a goal this year to read more translated fiction and talked about potentially reading the Man Booker long (or short) list as a way to increase his totals. Last week, the long list was released to the public. And I immediately jumped on the chance to attempt to read the list and pick my “winner.” Every time I watch a video done by Max, I’m always impressed by the variety of books he reads and I’m trying to do better myself this year. Although, I don’t think that I often fit into a particular box; I do think that I can read some more books outside of my comfort zone.

So here’s a post to keep me honest with the internet and with my goals. I reserved or checked out all the books I could get from my local library system, and after I make my way through them I’ll have to figure out purchasing the rest. Here’s the long list in the order I currently plan on reading them. The ones with stars I have yet to secure a copy or purchase.

  1. Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan (currently reading)
  2. The Four Books by Yan Lianke
  3. A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk
  4. The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
  5. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  6. Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila
  7. Death by Water by Kenzaburō Ōe
  8. Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal
  9. Ladivine by Marie NDiaye
  10. A Cup of Rage by Raduan Nassar*
  11. A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler*
  12. White Hunger by Aki Ollikainen*
  13. A General Theory of Oblivion by Jose Eduardo Agualusa*


I imagine that this is going to be a more challenging couple of weeks of reading for me. As I also recently picked up A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, which is waiting by my bedside table to finish. I have 8 more days in this month to make a dent in this collection. As I’ve been travelling for work, and recently sick – I hope I can get some much needed reading time before April arrives.


Until Next Time World…


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