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Tuesday 16 February 2016
This blog was scheduled to 'go live' on Sunday but obviously didn't & I forgot about it! Never mind, means I can add a link to the real list plus BfK reviews which is slightly different to my own...
Dusting off my blog (regular twitter followers will know I have a better excuse than usual for not blogging: I called her Bea) to share my personal longlist for #Carnegie16. The CKG nominations were announced in October and I had already read about half of the Carnegie, far fewer of the Greenaway, but decided not to read any more before the shortlists as my reading time has been pretty limited lately! So of those that I'd read, these are my top 20. Hopefully the official list (announced on the 16th February) includes a few of them...
Crossan, Sarah. One
David, Keren. This Is Not A Love Story
Elson, Jane. How To Fly With Broken Wings
Fowley- Doyle, Moira. The Accident Season
Gayton, Sam (author) Cottrill, Peter (illustrator). Hercufleas
Hardinge, Frances. The Lie Tree
Lake, Nick.There Will Be Lies
Nadin, Joanna. Joe All Alone
Nielsen, Susin. We Are All Made Of Molecules
Ness, Patrick. The Rest Of Us Just Live Here
Nix, Garth. Clariel
Norriss, Andrew. Jessica's Ghost
Pratchett, Terry (author) Kidby, Paul (illustrator)The Shepherd's Crown
Saunders, Kate. Five Children on the Western Front
Stratton, Allan. The Dogs
Talley, Robin. Lies We Tell Ourselves
Wein, Elizabeth. Black Dove, White Raven
Wheatle, Alex. Liccle Bit
Williamson, Lisa. The Art Of Being Normal
Sunday 15 March 2015
The official shortlist comes out on Tuesday, & having read all the longlist I thought I'd share my favourites:
My Brother's Shadow by Tom Avery (Andersen Press)
When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)
Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
Tinder by Sally Gardner (author) and David Roberts (illustrator) (Orion Children's Books)
More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
Trouble by Non Pratt (Walker Books)
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff (Penguin Books)
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith (Electric Monkey)
There have been 8 on the list in recent years so I picked my top 8, I'm sure they won't all make the cut but I'm really looking forward to seeing how much overlap there is with the real one!
I honestly can't say which is my favourite to win, the judges have a difficult decision to make...
Saturday 7 February 2015
Have a look at my post a couple of months ago about the nominations. I've not done too badly with the reading list but there are still 33 of them that I haven't got to. Of those there are a few that I think potentially could end up on the longlist, and of course there are some that I've read that will be on the real one, but these are my top 20:
Monday 20 October 2014
- Bedford, Martyn. Never Ending
- Bergin, Virginia. The Rain
- Black, Holly. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown
- Booth, Anne. Girl With A White Dog
- Boyne, John. Stay Where You Are And Then Leave
- Cassidy, Anne. Finding Jennifer Jones
- Conaghan, Brian. When Mr. Dog Bites
- Crossan, Sarah. Apple and Rain
- Crowe, Sara. Bone Jack
- Dawson, James. Say Her Name
- Doyle, Roddy. Brilliant
- Earle, Phil. The Bubble Wrap Boy
- Easton, T.S. Boys Don't Knit
- Gardner, Sally. Tinder
- Hardinge, Frances. Cuckoo Song
- Ness, Patrick. More Than This
- Pratt, Non. Trouble
- Rosoff, Meg. Picture Me Gone
- Slater, Kim. Smart: A Mysterious Crime, A Different Detective
- Smith, Andrew. Grasshopper Jungle
It was really difficult to get the list down as there are so many great books this year!
So many questions: can Tinder do the double - nominated for the Carnegie and the Greenaway? Might we have a "middle grade" funny winner that no one will complain about? Will Patrick Ness win again? Take a look at all the details, including the fabulous Greenaway nominations, on the official CKG site.
Wednesday 30 April 2014
- I didn't miss the feel of books as much as I thought I would because the convenience of having it lying on the table made it really easy to read at the same time as eating
- much lighter bag to carry around
- easier to hold on a busy train or while waiting for one
- no panic about having a second book in case I finish the one I'm reading when nowhere near home or a library!
- I actually found it easier to decide what to read - in fact I just read them in the order in which I downloaded them
- It was great to get round to reading things I'd intended to read for ages but because they're not physically in front of me other books kept taking precedence!
- constant fretting that the battery might die or the book corrupt (it has only happened a couple of times, but never happens with paper!)
- because they were proofs in some instances the formatting was wonky which could be distracting
- pictures never look as good electronically as they do on a real page
- I missed looking at the cover and reading the blurb before beginning reading (but often with proofs you miss that anyway)
- I might have skim read a little more than usual, and frustratingly often accidentally tapped the screen to turn the page before I'd actually finished reading the page...
- I can't pass it on to another reader (or wave the library copy under someone's nose)
- If I hadn't had access to Netgalley, i.e. I were any normal non-library/publishing/blogging person, it would have been a far greater struggle to find something worth reading because the library selection of eBooks is currently rubbish and I have a long term book buying ban that I will only break in extreme circumstances (e.g. when a new Pratchett is available for pre-order...)
What I liked best about the challenge was that I had a set list of things I would read that month so I'm thinking I'll do that again. The books in my bedroom are always library books + those given to me that I want to read asap, but I often get distracted by the bigger pile downstairs or by new arrivals. So for the next few weeks that pile is only going to shrink as I am not going to let myself look further than the bedroom set when choosing the next read until it is empty, then I can enjoy refilling it! What should I pick first though?