Our Shortlist Predictions

Man BookerWe’re just one day away from the official 2012 Man Booker short list announcement and we’re finally ready to unveil our group picks for what we think are the most deserving titles in the bunch.

It should be noted that our process wasn’t super scientific and that not every blogger read every book.  In fact, most books have only 2-4 reviews.  What we did was assign a rating on a 1-5 scale (half numbers were fine) for each novel we read.  We then totaled the score for each novel and divided by the number of bloggers who read the book.  The six titles that scored the highest are our predicted short list.  We’ll be shaking up the scoring methodology in the next round, where all of our bloggers have committed to reading all of the short listed titles in order to better predict the overall winner.

Without further delay, here are the six books that as a group we feel should move on to the short list round:

Update: 9/11/2012: How did we do?  3 of 6!

4.50 – Ned Beauman – The Teleportation Accident
4.33 – Hilary Mantel – Bring Up the Bodies
4.25 – Nicola Barker – The Yips
3.62 – Michael Frayn – Skios
3.50 – Tan Twan Eng – The Garden of Evening Mists
3.50 – Alison Moore – The Lighthouse

Our dedicated community of readers has also been playing along by reading, reviewing and rating titles.  We’ve compiled and posted their predicted shortlist as well:

Update: 9/11/2012: How did you do?  3 of 6!

5.00 – Tan Twan Eng – The Garden of Evening Mists
4.75 – Hilary Mantel – Bring Up the Bodies
4.50 – Nicola Barker – The Yips
4.50 – Ned Beauman – The Teleportation Accident
4.00 – Sam Thompson – Communion Town
3.75 – Deborah Levy – Swimming Home

In addition, some of us have decided to compile our own short lists for fun, to see who can come the closest to the official list.  Bragging rights are at stake!

Aaron: Opinionless: 2 of 6

Ned Beauman – The Teleportation Accident
Nicola Barker – The Yips
Hilary Mantel – Bring Up the Bodies
Deborah Levy – Swimming Home
Michael Frayn – Skios
Sam Thompson – Communion Town

Michelle: A Reader and a Rider: 3 of 6

Hilary Mantel – Bring Up the Bodies
Alison Moore – The Lighthouse
Ned Beauman – The Teleportation Accident
Tan Twan Eng – The Garden of Evening Mists
Nicola Barker – The Yips
Michael Frayn – Skios

Jackie: Literary Hoarders: 4 of 6

Alison Moore – The Lighthouse
Nicola Barker – The Yips
Ned Beauman – The Teleportation Accident
Hilary Mantel – Bring Up the Bodies
Deborah Levy – Swimming Home
Will Self – Umbrella

Penny: Literary Hoarders: 4 of 6

Alison Moore – The Lighthouse
Nicola Barker – The Yips
Ned Beauman – The Teleportation Accident
Hilary Mantel – Bring Up the Bodies
Deborah Levy – Swimming Home
Tan Twan Eng – The Garden of Evening Mists

Karli: Hooked Bookworm: 2 of 6

Ned Beauman – The Teleportation Accident
Hilary Mantel – Bring Up the Bodies
Rachel Joyce – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Nicola Barker – The Yips
Michael Frayn – Skios
Tan Twan Eng – The Garden of Evening Mists

Check back tomorrow for more information about how we’ll be tackling the short list and to see how we fared with our predictions!

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4 comments

  1. I’m looking forward to the shortlist tomorrow! I really loved The Yips and currently quite into Harold Fry. I liked Bringing Up the Bodies; I found it much more approachable than Wolf Hall. I feel sorry for your reviewer that slogged through Umbrella. I gave up after page 10, realizing I had no idea what I’d just read. Of the books I haven’t read, if The Teleportation Accident makes the cut, I’ll probably read that next.

  2. Check us out! We’re superstars! I cannot believe though that Umbrella is on there. Dang it!! Jackie will probably take the prize then if her prediction that Umbrella wins the whole thing. I can’t imagine what the public would have to say about the Booker judges at that point, if true. Dear Cook In/Dine Out – I gave until page 50 and then threw it out. 🙂 Claimed it was an insult to readers everywhere.

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