November 23, 2009
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Autumn has arrived in the mountains. The air is crisp and chilly and leaves pile up in the yard and gutters. The dogs smell of wind, pine and fresh air when they come inside at night. I love this time of year – it makes me start thinking about thick books of intrigue and atmospheric historical novels…the kinds of books perfect for curling up with in front of the woodstove while the wind blows hard around the eaves. Do you find yourself choosing a specific type of book at certain times of the year?
Since my last Salon post, I find myself still enchanted by Margaret Atwood’s Robber Bride. Her rich prose and stunning characters make this one of her more dark and mysterious books. What a gift Atwood possesses! I’ll be finishing this book sometime in the next day or so (if I did not have to go into work this afternoon, I would certainly be done by this evening). And then I am thinking of picking up Michelle Moran’s novel Nefertiti. I also should read Midnight’s Children, by Salmon Rushdie – but I’m not in the mood for anything too cerebral at the moment.
Speaking of cerebral, many of the prize lists are now appearing for 2008. The National Book Award announced its winner and shortlist. I have not read any of them!
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award panel announced its long list. I’m happy to say I’ve read several from that list (follow links to my reviews) including: The Outlander by Gil Adamson, The Gathering by Anne Enright, The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini, On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan, and After Dark by Haruki Murakami.
The Costa Award shortlists are also out. I was happy to see both Poppy Adams and Sadie Jones make the First Novel Award shortlist.
On November 11th, the Giller Prize announced Joseph Boyden the 2008 winner for his book Black Spruce.
And finally, the Booker Prize winner was revealed in October: Aravind Adiga for his book The White Tiger.
So, do you follow the prize lists? Do you have any which are your favorites or from which you always read?
Have a wonderful Sunday, readers! Hope this day finds you enthralled by a good book!