I borrowed today’s title from that old and awful knock-knock joke (orange you glad I didn’t say banana?) … it popped into my head as I was thinking about
This event, and its January companion, are the brainchild of Jill at The Magic Lasso, who also hosts The Orange Prize Project challenge blog. Twice each year, Jill rallies bloggers, LibraryThing members, and pretty much anyone who will listen to her, to spend a month reading Orange Prize winners and nominees. Participants commit to reading at least one book (more information here).
I’m a huge fan of the Orange Prize, having read all the winners through 2009. I’m now working my way through the shortlists. I’ve read 19 so far, including three during Orange January. My July reading will be almost entirely devoted to the Orange Prize. Here’s my reading list:
- 2010 winner (to be announced June 9 … squeee!)
- 2010 shortlist selection
- The Invention of Everything Else, by Samantha Hunt (2009 shortlist)
- Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie (2009 shortlist)
- The Outcast, by Sadie Jones (2008 shortlist)
I may squeeze in another book, if time permits. Regardless, I’m very excited about this lineup. I love the idea of a prize focused entirely on women authors, and I really enjoy devoting an entire month to the prize. Even though I have some great reads planned for June, my mind keeps jumping ahead to what’s in store for July. Bring it on!
Are you planning to take part in Orange July?
Come join the fun!