It's that time of year, the days are shorter, and cooler, the leaves on the trees are changing, the longlist of the Scotiabank Giller Prize has been released, which all add up to one thing. Giller Fever. What is Giller Fever? It's the undeniable urge to read all the books on the Giller Longlist. And I've, sadly (or is it happily?), caught it. In case you don't know here is the longlist below. Come back and I'll link up my reviews as I read the books.
Y - Marjorie Celona - My Review
Our Daily Bread - Lauren B. Davis - My Review
My Life Among the Apes - Cary Fagan
419 - Will Ferguson - My Review
Dr. Brinkley's Tower - Robert Hough - My Review
One Good Hustle - Billie Livingston - My Review
The Sweet Girl - Annabel Lyon
Inside - Alix Ohlin - My Review
Everybody Has Everything - Katrina Onstad
The Emperor of Paris - C.S. Richardson - My Review
The Impostor Bride - Nancy Richler - My Review
Ru - Kim Thuy - My Review
Whirl Away - Russell Wangersky - My Review
So, what exactly are the symptoms of Giller Fever.....
The first symptom: Looking at the list of books that were eligible for the longlist. For me it was reading the descriptions (all 142 of them) and creating a list of TBR books which was 73 for me, not including the Longlisted books. When I'll get to these books doesn't matter. But the list was well worth checking out. I found a whole bunch of Canadian Authors/Books I never heard of before. Sorry book shelves. (Click here to see the list of all the books that were eligible)
The second symptom: Upon learning of the longlist, hunting down the best options for obtaining and reading books. For me this included buying some of the books and getting myself onto the holds list at the library, before anyone else. This sort of worked. One book had no wait list, so I snatched it right away, but four of the books I had a hold on, came at once and two of are on order. So now I have a lot to read, and a lot to look forward to. And resist the urge to buying more books. Although one book I may still get the ebook copy of.
The third symptom: Avidly trying to read the longlist, before the shortlist is revealed. I'm trying to do this, although I don't think I'll actually get though the entire list from now until October 1. Unless I give up sleep. I've read two books, and am close to finishing two more. But that still leaves a lot of books to read. I've also been making my own predictions, for the shortlist. Originally I made my predictions based on the descriptions of the books which was:
1) Y - Marjorie Celona
2) Dr. Brinkley's Tower - Robert Hough
3) Everybody Has Everything - Katrina Onstad
4) Ru - Kim Thu
5) Whirl Away - Russell Wangersky
I also downloaded previews of all the books (that were available) of the books on my Kobo. After reading the preview for Y, I immediately bought it, and I'm looking forward to reading it. (Update, I'm almost half way through it and am absolutely captivated by it). Inside looks interesting and seems to have a similar themes to Good to a Fault, which wasn't a bad read. The Emperor of Paris also looks very promising, who I've also heard great things about in reviews. And 419 has also caught my interest. So now I'm trying to figure out who will appear on the shortlist, and of course win this year's prize, and I have to say, based on first impressions and reading experts from the books, I haven't a clue. I'm going to have to see how I feel once I finish a few more books. But I am looking forward to seeing who makes it to the shortlist.
Have you caught Giller fever? Have you read any of the books? What Are your predictions?