G. by John Berger | Book Review 34/2019

G. is the aptly titled winner of the 1972 Booker Prize winner by novelist, John Berger, who is probably better known as an art critic. In a unique combination of this two artistic representations, the novel is rendered in flickers and strokes, and layers of meaning some of which emerge as images and some of…

2019 Man Booker Prize Reading Challenge | #ManBooker51

Last year was the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize and the committee hosted #ManBooker50 which was a challenge to read all previous winners. I tried and failed to read all the books in the calendar year so this year, I thought I would try again, but this time, I am reading all the…

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh | Book Review

Grace, Lia and Sky are sisters living with their (otherwise unnamed) Mother and their father, King, on a remote island, far enough away to protect the women from a toxic environment that threatens their very survival. King, as their protector and intermediary between them and this other world, he alone returns periodically for supplies, proving…

September Reading Vlogs

In September, I started a new video series where I share the books I am reading and the experience of the art form. You can click the links below to watch my vlogs In the first video, I discuss books translated to English by Belgian author, Amelie Nothomb, and Korean writer, Kyung Sook-Shin In the…

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner | Book Review

The Mars Room is one of the six novels shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. The book is Romy’s story. When we meet her, Romy Hall is an inmate in the California prison system, convicted for murder and  serving the first of two consecutive life sentences. The novel is written in stream of consciousness…

Man Booker 2018 Longlist

I hadn’t planned on reading this year’s Booker longlist but it intrigues me that I haven’t even heard of most of these titles that have been nominated for a prize that I’ve been following with interest for the past couple of years. So I am posting this list with an intent to read at least…

Spot The Prize Winners

One of my fun projects during this part of the year has been to read the books that have won the Man Booker Prize over it’s 50 year history. See more of that challenge here.  I posted a video where I shared a page from 3 novels; two of them are books that have won…

Getting books from NYPL

As if I didn’t have enough books on my shelves that I need to read (and read soon too), I picked up some new books from the library today. The New York Public Library allows you to access their entire catalog (which includes millions of books) online and select the items that you’d like to…

Runwright Reads Book Club February 2018

This year, I am hosting the Runwright Reads Book Club on my YouTube channel. Its focus is on reading prize-wining books and talk about their reach and whether they are as outstanding as the judges thought. In January, we read and discussed Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward. February choice wasThe Sellout  for which Paul Beatty was the…

Pick My TBR… Again | #ManBooker50 Edition

Last week, I invited my YouTube subscribers to peruse my TBR stack and choose 3 books for me to read in a day. Click here to read or watch that challenge. I got a lot of positive feedback on those videos so I am doing it again, with slightly different rules. This time, I narrowed…

Pi Day 2018

March 14 is Pi Day and not just because there are lots of people around the world baking and eating pies today. 3.14 is one of the most well-known irrational numbers because the ratio 22/7 (or its approximate equivalent, 3.14) is the constant of proportionality between two measurements on a circle – the distance across…

#ManBooker50

If I gave you a stack of 52 books, how many of them could you read in say about 20 weeks? Listed below are all the novels that have won the coveted Man Booker Prize since its inception in 1969. (There are 53 books because twice, the judges were unable to choose between two contenders…