Tournament of Books 2015 shortlist

So I’m just now starting to really get into Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer, which was on the ToB long list, from which I decided I would be doing my reading this month,  when the shortlist came out (yes it was quite a few days ago. I am so not up to date this year!).

And sadly Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is not on it.

Sad not because I thought it would be a strong contender but sad because I was already in it and too late to back out!

But good news! The other book I’ve just started, Evie Wyld’s fascinating All the Birds, Singing is! I’m also rather intrigued by the comma in that title…!

Anyway here’s the list. I expected quite a few of these but sure didn’t think I would see some like Silence Once Begun and Adam, which I hadn’t heard of before.

So far I’ve read three books and am currently rooting for Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See.

Which do you reckon will emerge victorious?

Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball
A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall by Will Chancellor
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (my thoughts)
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Wittgenstein Jr by Lars Iyer
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Redeployment by Phil Klay
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Adam by Ariel Schrag
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld


  1. I’m terrible and anticipating the ToB winner, but I’ve actually read more going into this year’s ToB than ever before! And I’ve enjoyed all of the ones I’ve read. I hope I can finish up An Untamed State, All the Birds, Singing, and All the Light We Cannot See before go-time.


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