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Diving Into the 2016 Tournament of Books Long List

The 2016 Tournament of Books Long List is here!

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And it looks like keeping an eye on last year’s titles to watch paid off, at least a bit, because I’ve actually read 15 of the 86 (yes…86) titles on the long list.

Saint Mazie, by Jami Attenberg
Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel, by Zachary Thomas Dodson
The Turner House, by Angela Flourney
Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff
Delicious Foods, by James Hannaham
Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf
Fortune Smiles, by Adam Johnson
Welcome to Braggsville, by T. Geronimo Johnson
The First Bad Man, by Miranda July
I Am Radar: A Novel, by Reif Larsen
The Tsar of Love and Techno, by Anthony Marra
God Help the Child, by Toni Morrison
The Book of Aron, by Jim Shepard
A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
Mislaid, by Nell Zink

Obviously, I don’t plan to read the whole long list, but there are a handful of books I’d really like to get to before the short list is announced. It’s unlikely I’ll finish all of them, but they’re priority.

The Sellout, by Paul Beatty
A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories, by Lucia Berlin
Make Your Home Among Strangers, by Jennine Capo Crucet
She Came From Beyond!: A Novel, by Nadine Darling
The Only Ones, by Carol Dibbell
The Buried Giant, by Kazoo Ishiguro
The Tusk That Did the Damage, by Tania James
You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, by Alexandra Gleeman
Oreo, by Fran Ross
Gold Fame Citrus, by Claire Vaye Watkins

The saddest part is that I own or had checked out six of the ten books listed from the library and just didn’t end up getting to them.

Do you get geeky over the Tournament of Books? Are there any long list titles you loved and want to recommend?


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  • I feel like it is such a long list to work from! I had a few books on my radar already and I may pick them up in the next few weeks. Otherwise, I think I will wait for the list be pared down a bit.

    • It IS a super long list. I’m like you, I tend to stick with those already on my radar and wait for the short list to get serious.

  • I’ve heard great things about Manual of a Cleaning Woman and have the sample for Gold Fame Citrus on my Kindle. I was hoping to get to it this month, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I’ll check out the tournament long list – thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  • I get geeky over Canada Reads, But, I could get geeky over any kind of bookish competition, and this one looks like fun. I love following its progress since discovering it through your blog. But, since my time is limited, Canada Reads is my #1 bookish geekfest. :)

    • I looove that you all have Canada Reads – I would totally geek out over something like that if we had it here!

  • So many exciting books, Shannon; thanks so much for sharing the link to the list! I’ve got Slade House on my library hold list right now; I’m excited to try that one out. I’d also really like to read A Manual for Cleaning Women and The Invaders. I read Among the Ten Thousand Things, Avenue of Mysteries and City on Fire; none of those were spectacular for me (especially Among the Ten Thousand Things – GAH!), but Mysteries and City on Fire were worth reading, I think. I started Gold Fame Citrus, just before Nonfiction November, but it just didn’t grab me; I need to request it again and give it another shot.

    • So happy (weirdly) to hear you also weren’t a fan of Among the Ten Thousand Things. What a waste of time that was. Ugh. Hated it. And not just for the mid-book spoiler. WTH was that about?

    • I wasn’t in love with a ton of these books, either, though a few were favorites. The good thing about books like that is that they always make for good conversation ;)

  • Susan W

    I totally geek out over this! I’ve read 9 and have a bunch more on my reader. I hate trying to read from the long list, the books I try to get a jump on never make the short list :( I’m surprised at the glaring omission of A God in Ruins and Did You Ever Have a Family? And, as per usual a whole bunch I’d not heard of before.

    • I hadn’t thought about A God in Ruins, but thought the same thing about Did You Ever Have a Family! So strange. It seems like there are even *more* that I haven’t heard of this year than usual.

  • Ooof I’ve only read three of the long list… many I have on my shelf, having been neglected over the past few months of me not reading a thing. I’ve been stalking the TOB website waiting for this list to come out, so maybe this will be just the push I need to get back to some reading. Here’s to hoping… and I hope all is well :)

  • I totally geek out about them, but I’ve read SO LITTLE from the longlist. It’s almost depressing.

    • It can be such a crapshoot, even if you read a ton of brand new titles. But it’s definitely fun to follow, especially once the commentary gets going.

  • Okay, I have only read a very few of those books BUT I am so glad you linked me to the longlist! I hadn’t looked at it yet, and my pal Robert Repino’s book is on it and I am so so so psyched for him! What a cool thing!

    • Ahhh, I’ve heard GREAT things about that book! I know April from Steadfast Reader just bought it yesterday because she really wanted to read it when she saw it on the long list.

  • Jennine G.

    I love looking through lists of books like this! It’s fun to write down the titles that pop out at you. Or author’s names…I’m reading Make Your Home Among Strangers, by Jennine Capo Crucet because she is the first Jennine I’ve ever seen who spells her name the same as mine! (I’ve met very limited number of Jennines to begin with.)

  • I’ve tackled 12 but some of the same ones. I hadn’t heard of “She Came from Beyond!” until this list came out but it looks great!

  • Oh, there are some great ones on the list! I’ve read (and loved) a few of them and have a couple of others on my “leftover from 2015” TBR list. I would love to get to Saint Mazie sometime this millennium. lol

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