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Here it is… my #booker2022 shortlist. (The kiss of death for these books the… I‘m often wrong!)

They‘re in order too, although the top 3 are fairly interchangeable. It seems odd to have The Trees only in 3rd place; I loved all 3 but read The Trees last year so it‘s more distant in my mind.

No 6, I also struggled to pick. I found the Strout more ‘enjoyable‘ but it just doesn‘t seem like a #bookerbook to me, and I‘m never sure about sequels ⬇️

squirrelbrain … on the Booker list. Trust has become a bit forgettable since I read it, and I could see Glory being there instead but plumped for Trust. 3mo
AnneCecilie So that means that Maps is your favorite? I‘m currently reading that and hasn‘t quite connected with the writing. I think I‘m 40-50p in, should I give it more time? 3mo
squirrelbrain Yes, @AnneCecilie that is my favourite. However, many other Littens haven‘t liked it at all. Thatmade me question myself but I decided to have the courage of my convictions and put it first. I‘d give it a tiny bit longer to see if it starts to feel any better; if not, then it‘s not for you either! 3mo
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MicheleinPhilly I‘ve read and loved Trees and Nightcrawling, am currently reading Maps, and have purchased Colony. I also own the Strout but I feel like your shortlist is what I am going to focus on. I don‘t really have any interest in Treacle or Sappho but may pick them up on a Kindle Daily Deal. 3mo
JamieArc This looks like a great list. I feel like I would have two different shortlists: the ones I liked (my personal shortlist), and the ones I think will make the shortlist. Probably two quite different shortlists 😂 3mo
BarbaraBB I very much feel similar about the books I read. Not necessarily in the same order but I can imagine these six being my shortlist too. However, I haven‘t yet read six books of the longlist and hope to add one or two more before the shortlist will be announced. Thanks for sharing! 3mo
Cazxxx I‘m reading nightcrawling just now which is book number 5. My library has a long wait for the others so not sure how many I‘ll be able to read before the draw 3mo
Ruthiella I think Books like Maps that elicit strong feelings on both sides of readers‘ emotions and tastes are perfect Book Prize fodder. I hope it makes the shortlist and then I will be “forced” to read it! 3mo
squirrelbrain You‘ve nearly read most of my shortlist @MicheleinPhilly 😁 The Keegan is *really* short so you may be able to squeeze that in too…. 3mo
squirrelbrain Yes, I‘m sure this (my personal shortlist) will be completely wrong! @JamieArc I an see both Glory and Seven Moons making the actual shortlist as they‘re very ‘clever‘. I don‘t what that says about me not liking them so much! 🤣 3mo
squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB - we have very similar taste in books, don‘t we?! 😁 3mo
squirrelbrain You might end up having read all of the right ones! @Cazxxx 🤞 3mo
squirrelbrain You‘re so right @Ruthiella - always better to have books that cause debate and strong feelings. Awards would be boring if we all liked the same ones! 3mo
TrishB Have only read 2 of yours Helen- The Trees and the Keegan. Enjoyed both, but probably The Trees slightly more. I‘ve just ordered The Colony and am keeping for a certain weekend 😁 I think any others for me will likely be picked up on a deal too! 3mo
Cathythoughts Great work Helen ! I‘m not going for it this year ( well I havnt finished one yet , too many books 😁 … I‘m so interested in your Maps pick .. I have that one. Exciting, you‘ve read the books , now you get up see what happens next 💫 3mo
charl08 Looking forward to reading the ones here you mention I've not read. Always surprised by the shortlist, I'm sure this year will be no exception. 3mo
squirrelbrain I think you‘ll really like The Colony @TrishB - and it‘s the perfect book for that weekend! 😁 3mo
Cinfhen Well done, Helen!! I hopefully have two more books waiting for me in the States, once I arrive so I‘m not able to comment completely yet. My personal list will probably look different from both yours and the actual shortlist but it‘s exciting to see how it all plays out. 3mo
TheKidUpstairs I've only been able to read three so far, but all three have been great reads (The Colony, The Trees, Small Things Like These). A number of the longlist titles aren't yet available in Canada, but I'm on hold lists for the rest of those that are! 3mo
sarahbarnes A great list! I‘ve only read six but agree with many on your list. I loved The Colony! 3mo
Graywacke Hi. Your link took me here, forced me from the app to Safari. 🙂 This is a great post. I have at least six novels to look forward to. (In case your wondering, I sort of go from longest to shortest, as I work through the list. And i give myself a year. 😁😊) (edited) 3mo
squirrelbrain Oops, sorry you went on a convoluted journey! Looking forward to hearing what you think of the rest of the list…. @Graywacke 3mo
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