An introduction

Welcome to Short List Books. I’m Jay, also known as John, and I’m resident in the greater Sydney area of Australia. I’m no literary maven, just (my use of the word just tells you that) someone who enjoys reading books, and someone who is always on the lookout for a good story.  

Anyway, a few years ago I decided I wasn’t reading enough books and wanted to do something about it. Rather than wait around for the New Year (so I could make the obligatory new year’s resolution), I walked into the local library on 29 June 2018, and borrowed the first book I’d read in years.

In those early days I’d simply stroll into the library and pull a title off their new arrivals book display. New titles were only available to loan for seven days, so needless to say there was little time for procrastinating. But choosing books this way was a hit and miss process. Some titles were great, others… not so great.

With so many books in the world, and so little time to read, I needed to find a way to better choose what I added to my “want-to-read” book list. That’s when I turned to the short lists of the book prizes. Just (oops, I did it again) when you thought you’d never figure out what inspired the name of this website.

The short, and even long lists, of the many and various book prizes have turned out to be boon when it comes to search for good fiction. But I don’t limit my interest to the big players, I try to look out for other awards as well. And sometimes still look elsewhere for reading ideas.

For instance a title posted by local bookshops on their socials might catch my eye, likewise a random recommendation I spot somewhere else. And here I will write about them, the good, the bad, and the ugly, though hopefully not too many titles feature in the latter two categories.

So if you’re struggling for reading ideas, feel free to take a leaf out of my book? Yes, pun intended… sorry, I just had to slip that line in.