Recent Award Winners

Oh how my TBR pile grows!  Every time it seems like I have a nearly manageable pile of books by my bedside table, I find two or three more I have to read.  This problem gets worse around this time of year thanks in part to the many fantastic literary awards out there.  Here are some recent winners that are simply begging to be read:

vegetarianThe Man Booker International Prize Winner

The Vegetarian* by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith

Yeong-hye is an ordinary woman plagued by extraordinary dreams that inspire her to stop eating meat.  This small change sets a bizarre chain of events in motion in this Kafka-esque novel.

uprootedThe Nebula Award Winner for Best Novel

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

A wizard named Dragon takes Agnieszka away from her Polish village to serve him for a period of ten years.  During that time, she learns she has a rare gift for magic, and finds herself on a deadly quest.

HeadFullThe Bram Stoker Award Winner for Superior Achievement in a Novel

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Did 14-year old Marjorie have schizophrenia or is she the victim of demonic possession?  And was the reality show filming Marjorie representing the truth? Her sister Merry is determined to find out…

inventionThe Orwell Prize Winner

The Invention of Russia by Arkady Ostrovsky

The Orwell Prize is awarded annually to a non-fiction title that “makes political writing into an art.”  This year’s winner examines the social, political, and economic changes that have happened in Russia over the past three decades.

-Patricia

*As always, thanks to NetGalley and Edelweiss for digital ARCs of these titles.

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