34 comments on “Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 | Reaction and Reading Plans

  1. This is a fantastic post that I am glad to see it’s already live!!! I think you’re more positive about the list than I am. And you’re so right – the books that didn’t make the list are, right now, speaking much louder than those which did. I hope of course that this changes as we go through the longlist and I hope all those titles are brilliant (except Fleishman). Good luck to us! 🙂 Do you know which book you’ll read first?

    • Thank you! 😊 I was definitely disappointed at first, because there were so many I hoped/predicted would be there that aren’t, but I’m definitely feeling a little more positive now! Here’s hoping it ends up being a great selection with some real gems for us all to get behind!

      I’m not certain where I’ll start yet, but I’m honestly tempted to go with Fleishman just to get it out of the way early… lol. What about you? 📚👀

    • No one wants to read Fleishman, we love to see it. I feel like you are the most positive about the list out of everyone in the group chat! I am excited to see how you get on with the books!

  2. The only one I’m reading for sure is The Mirror and the Light 😁 And im relieved not to see The Testaments, even if it works be nice to have some Canadian representation…

  3. The Dutch House is wonderful Callum – I’ve also just bought Red to the Bone on my local booksellers recommendation so I think I’ll bump it up the pile.

    • Glad to hear you’d recommend it, Cathy! 😊 I’ll keep an eye out for your thoughts on Red to the Bone as well.

      I’ve already read Hamnet, and I’m hoping to get hold of copies of the O’Brien and the Enright soon; it would be great to tie in a couple of Irish reads this month with some progress on the longlist!

  4. Great post! A bit like you I’m exhausted by the quantity of books I’ve not read yet (although I have begun Djinn Patrol a few days ago), and surprised by some that aren’t on it.

    We should compare notes over the next few weeks!

  5. This is a great post! I had a similar reaction to you at first too (re: the absences from the list speaking as loudly as the list itself. And I’m with you on The Mirror and The Light. It’s like 800 pages! If I’m going to read an 800 page book, I will need to be very invested in it haha. Hope you enjoy all the books you read, I’m looking forward to seeing your reviews!

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  7. Initially I didn’t want The Mercies to be longlisted, then I read the first few pages and got on board with it and was excited, so obviously it isn’t here 🙂

    • Typical, isn’t it? The more I feel I have a head start on a longlist, the less I’ve read from it. 💁🏻‍♂️ I loved The Mercies, so I hope you end up enjoying the rest of it!

  8. I’m not really a reader of prize winning literature, but I love these reaction posts! By coincidence, I actually read one from the list, The Dutch House, which was great, but I can’t see it winning. Superb story, but not edgy in any way. I will follow your posts with interest as you go through the list. The only one I’ve even considered is Girl, Woman, Other, but perhaps you can tempt me with others.

  9. I’m not to surprised to find I’ve read none of them! A few appeal to me and I’ll hopefully get around to them, but it depends on what I find in the charity shops and the library.
    I’ve never read Mantel either, she doesn’t appeal to me.

    • How nice to find another keen reader who has no interest in Mantel’s books! We seem like a rare breed a lot of the time, lol. I hope you enjoy any of the longlisted titles you get around to trying!

      • To be honest I’m not that interested in historical fiction. I feel like I should have tried Mantel because she is so well regarded but I’m not going to force myself to read something I know is not for me.
        I certainly want to read The Dutch House, Hamnet and Queenie if nothing else from the list 🙂

  10. Lol at your starting with the one title you list as “unlikely”!

    I am cautiously optimistic about the absence of so many of the year’s most notable titles; I was also a bit shocked at first over the longlist selection but now it feels… fresh? At least, not bogged down with all those “big” books that seemed inevitable. I will forever lament Ducks’s absence though. Hopefully there will be some surprising 5-star reads here, and that we’ll still feel good about the longlist at the end of it! Happy reading! 🙂

    • I know 😂 I wrote this right after the announcement, but felt much more determined to commit to the list by the time I actually posted it.

      Absolutely! There are several I’m really excited to try, so here’s hoping we all feel satisfied by the selection.

  11. There are definite omissions but when you look at all the amazing books that were eligible there were always going to be some which missed out and probably would have done better if they’d been published in earlier years. I’ve fully taken the plunge into Mantel madness and I’m enjoying it but don’t blame anyone who hasn’t. It’s a big commitment! While I’m waiting for the 3rd book in the trilogy to come out I started reading Enright’s this morning and love it so far, but knew I probably would because I adore her writing. That’s great you’ve read Hamnet already – eager to read that soon as well. I’m looking forward to following your reactions to the books!

    • That’s very true! It’s been a fantastic year for books, so there were always going to be notable titles that didn’t make the cut.

      I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the Enright. I bought a copy of it this morning and will hopefully start it soon! The more I hear about it, the more I’m looking forward to diving in (and the fact it has a picture of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds on the cover doesn’t hurt).

      Happy reading! 🙂

  12. Great post! I noticed that you mentioned The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and that is one book I am most excited to read right now. How We Disappeared sounds good too, though its comparison to Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko is both a good thing and slightly…off-putting somehow. I also think it could be similar to White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht because of the issues it touches upon.

    I am still to see a persuasive review that will say why The Dutch House is so good. Perhaps I missed something important and need to re-read it because I did not like it at all. I wonder what is wrong with me that I don’t like it? 🙂 Oh, the meandering boredom of it…Historical fiction at its most unoriginal and unexciting.

    • Thank you! I would have loved The Mercies to make the list, and I hope you enjoy it when you get to it.

      I’ve seen enough good reviews to be intrigued about The Dutch House, but I’ve definitely seen a few less favourable reviews for it as well, so I’ll be heading in somewhat cautiously!

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