Thursday, 22 March 2012

My personal Carnegie shortlist

I have finally got to the end of the 52-book long long-list for this year's Carnegie!  I shall tell you which I think should be the final 6, and which I think might actually be on the short list, but first a brief look at the ones I've read since my last related post.  Again, red means I liked it and green means it didn't live up to expectations :-)
Deary, Terry Put Out The Light
Diterlizzi, Tony The Search for Wondla
Doherty, Berlie Treason
Halahmy, Miriam Hidden
LaFleur, Suzanne Eight Keys
Mason, Simon Moon Pie
McCaughrean, Geraldine Pull out all the Stops
McKay, Hilary Caddy's World
Mitchelhill, Barbara Run Rabbit Run
Morpurgo, Michael Shadow
Priestley, Chris The Dead of Winter
Revis, Beth Across the Universe
Saunders, Kate Magicalamity
Stephens, John The Emerald Atlas
I'm afraid I don't have time to explain those opinions today, have a look at my twitter feed (@cazapr1) for my mini-reviews of them all.

Such a huge variety of books, some of which I would not have picked up if they weren't on the list and so some nice discoveries, as well as the occasional disappointment.  But without further ado, my personal short list is...

Blackman, Malorie Boys Don't Cry
Dogar, Sharon Annexed
Gibbons, Alan An Act of Love
Hardinge, Frances Twilight Robbery
Hartnett, Sonya The Midnight Zoo
Ness, Patrick A Monster Calls
with special mention for Earle, Phil Being Billy, Pitcher, Annabel My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece and Young,

Moira Blood Red Road.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Almond, David My Name is Mina, Peet, Mal Life : an Exploded Diagram, or Rosoff, Meg There is no Dog on the real list because, among a couple of the other names on the long list, they're high-hitting literary types even if I didn't enjoy the stories much.

Next week we'll find out whether I have good taste or not!


  1. Woah, that's an achievement and a half. I thought about trying it then utterly wimped out. Previous winners seem to make it onto the shortlist quite a lot so I agree with you on those last 3. I really enjoyed Life:... though.

  2. well it has been 4 months, and I'd read a good few of them before the list was even announced :-)

  3. My goodness, that's a lot of reading. I haven't read any of the books on your shortlist - but I'm sure you have good taste. I agree with you that the lists provide a place for 'discoveries'. They're one of the starting points for our personal reading choices.