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Sunday Salon: My Orange July Wrap-Up

Throughout July, I decided to devote the entire month to reading books that have won or were nominated for the Orange Prize. Many fellow bloggers and LibraryThing members participated too (I believe there were about 25 of us), and I think it's safe to say that we all enjoyed some great reading.

Here is a summary of my Orange July selections:

 1) Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2007 winner)
 (review)
 2) The Gathering by Anne Enright (2008 Long List) (
review)
 3) Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (1997 Long List) (
review)
 4) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (2004 Short List) (
review)
 5) The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (2007 Short List) (
review)
 6) The Keep by Jennifer Egan (2008 Long List) (
review)
 7) The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler (2004 Long List) (
review)

I read some great books. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be Half of a Yellow Sun, followed closely by Alias Grace. My least favorite book was Oryx and Crake (to love and dislike two Atwood books in the same month is so unnerving!). 

I also learned about some fantastic authors through the selections of my fellow Orange July participants. Books by Sarah Waters, Andrea Levy and Rose Tremain all grace Mount TBR.

If you missed Orange July, please join me when we do Orange January!

And just a couple of reminders:
1) Please consider joining Wendy's Yahoo group devoted to Orange Prize Books. It's fun, low-key and destined to add a ton to your TBR stack.
2) And while you're at it, join Wendy's Orange Prize Project - a perpetual challenge to read Orange Prize books. Again, it's low-key, fun and stress free. 

Now, what the heck am I going to read in August?!?!

Comments

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ann163125
Aug. 3rd, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
I'm ashamed to say that the only ones I've read are 'Half of a Yellow Sun', which I thought that was magnificent and 'Alias Grace' which bored me rigid. But Atwood seems to be a writer who really divides opinion. perhaps I should try 'Oryx and Crake', it might be more to my taste.
mrstreme
Aug. 3rd, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
You should try Oryx and Crake. I didn't like it, but a lot of Atwood fans do.
teelgee
Aug. 3rd, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Heh heh guess what I did for Sunday Salon?! Orange July Wrap-up! Probably the best reading month ever! Thanks again Jill for a great idea.
mrstreme
Aug. 3rd, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
"Probably the best reading month ever"
I couldn't agree more! =)
ext_106285
Aug. 3rd, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
Weirdly enough, I'm suddenly thirsty for orange juice. :-D
ext_102709
Aug. 3rd, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
I missed Orange July but I hope to make it for Orange January. =)
johnsnotes
Aug. 3rd, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
must confess never read any Atwood but have Alias Grace,The Blind Assassin and Surfacing on the TBR mountain
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(Anonymous)
Aug. 10th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
From Modpix, pixie girl, adrienne
Hi Jill! It's been ages since I've looked around the blogworld anywhere, but I'm beginning to catch up! It's funny - I have the list of Orange Books to read, and regarding the two Atwoods - I would switch your favorites. Loved Oryx and Crake, Alias Grace not as much.
Hope you're well!
:)
(Anonymous)
Sep. 11th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
3m said
Wow, Jill, you did great with the Oranges. I didn't like Oryx and Crake, either. At all. Or Inheritance of Loss.

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