Reading Roulette for May!


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So, it’s been a full 6 months since I last did a Reading Roulette, which means it’s time once again to put my literary fate in your capable hands and ask you to pick one of my May reads from the 746!

You’ve picked me some great winners in the past – Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt and Eventide by Kent Haruf. Who will join them this time round? I’ve got six possibilities for you to choose from so have a look at the options and cast your vote.

Maybe you’ll choose a book because you loved it? Or because you still have to read it too? Or even because you hated it?!

I don’t really mind. I’m in your hands! Let’s see if you can pick me my new favourite book….

Reading Roulette April

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

I only came to Wharton a few years ago and she hasn’t let me down yet. I doubt she will.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

She may not have been shortlisted for the Bailey’s Prize, but can she be the big winner in Reading Roulette?

Bogeywoman by Jaimy Gordon

I don’t remember buying this. I don’t know what it’s about. I read something positive about it recently. Vague, I know but it could be a hidden gem…

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

The New York Times calls him ‘one of the best novelists around’ and he’s won the Pulitzer Prize. Not bad. Plus there’s a movie adaptation. With Aidan Quinn. AIDAN QUINN. Why did I not know this before??*

The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa

I’ve enjoyed everything else I’ve read by Ogawa, so I think this collection of three novellas will have that same quiet power that I love in her work.

White Noise by Don DeLillo

I call myself a DeLillo fan and I haven’t read White Noise? Shame on me.


You’re very welcome.

I’ve linked the titles to their Goodreads page just in case you want some more details on the books and I’ll keep the voting open until April 20th.

I’m not quite sure why these books have lingered on the TBR as I’d be quite happy for any of them to win. As a consolation prize, the losers might just find themselves on my 20 Books of Summer pile (once I double check the word count!).

So, have you read any of these? Which do you think will win? I have no idea! Get voting

Reading Roulette The 746

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I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

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  1. Ooh, I’m so torn! Loved Behind the Scenes at the Museum and really want to read Don DeLillo myself. But I’ve gone for Empire Falls, which I read last year and thought was pretty great, especially the characterisation of small-town America in recession – and the humour! Plus it’s huge, so you’ll get such a sense of satisfaction when you finish it… 😉

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  2. What a fun idea! I wasn’t following you six months ago, I don’t think, so I missed the last roulette. I voted for the Wharton – it’s been a long time since I’ve read it but I remember loving it.

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  3. I vote for Empire Falls! I haven’t read any of the others, so the only thing I can say is that I enjoyed that one enough to read several of Russo’s other books. Empire Falls is still my favorite, but Straight Man was a very funny skewering of academic life.

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  4. I haven’t read any of Russo’s books yet, so I’m kind of curious to hear what you think of that one. But, I was also tempted by White Noise for the same reason. I have Underworld on my shelf – have you read that one?
    I think it was Grab the Lapels that reviewed Bogeywoman recently. I had never heard of it before, and now it’s popped up twice in one week!
    I read Behind the Scenes a long time ago – I think you would like it. And, I bet The Diving Pool is good…

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  5. I’m DeLillo fan so easy-peasy choice for me really – that said only one of the others I’ve read is Wharton and it was so long ago I’ve no real idea what I thought of it!

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  6. The Diving Pool gets my vote, Cathy. I read it a couple of years (just before I started blogging) and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Have you read Revenge, her collection of interlinked short stories? That’s my favourite Ogawa so far.

    PS I still want to read The Age of Innocence at some point, it’s just that I’d rather not commit to a readalong right now. So much of my reading is driven by whatever takes my fancy at the time, and that doesn’t always fit with a fixed readalong. I’ll pick it up at some point, whenever the mood takes me. 🙂

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    • Don’t worry about the Readalong Jacqui, I’m sure we’ll both get to it at some point! I loved Revenge, it was the first Ogawa I read and I went out and bought all the others by her I could find!


  7. I somehow missed the last roulette too, but what a wonderful idea! I’m voting for the Atkinson because it’s one of my favourites, but am really intrigued by your thoughts on the Ogawa and the Wharton too!

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