One reason I decided to read the longlist is how friendly it is to U.S. readers. Six are already available here:
Four will be published in the U.S. in the next few months:
(Skippy Dies: August 31, 2010; C September 7, 2010; Room September 13, 2010; Trespass October 18, 2010)
With ten out of thirteen easily available in the U.S., I pledged to read all thirteen by September 7, when the shortlist will be announced. I ordered the others from The Book Depository (free worldwide shipping!) and Amazon UK (the titles not available elsewhere). With 5,016 pages (according to my calculations), I'll need to average about 120 pages a day to meet my goal. If I slack off, I always have the back-up goal of reading the longlist by the time the winner is announced on October 12, 2010.
First up: In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut. I downloaded it for my Kindle, and I'm off to dig in. At only 256 pages, I hope to finish it tomorrow and strike the first book off my list.
You can track my progress with the Booker Dozen list on the right sidebar of my blog. I'll also post my reviews as I finish each novel.
Have you read any of the Booker longlist? Which titles are you most curious to see me review first?
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