Armchair BEA: Literary Fiction

Continuing with Armchair BEA awesomeness! Today we’re discussing Literary Fiction.

What books have you read this year that would fit into this category?

I’m realising that I don’t read in this category much. It’s not that I don’t want to but I realise that I’m much more of a genre fiction reader (HF, NA, YA, Fantasy and so on). I’ve read a few books this year in this category but didn’t particularly enjoy them (the most obvious example being State of Wonder). This is problematic. However, a number of books that I wouldn’t put in this category, GoodReads does so a goodie would be Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore!

Is there anything coming up that you’re particularly excited about?

There are a few you know, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and The Sinners and the Sea: The Untold Story of Noah’s Wife by Rebecca Kanner.

Are there any misconceptions or things that you’d like to clear up for people unfamiliar with literary fiction?

I think a lot of people think of this category as a snooty one. Don’t get me wrong, it is filled with a lot of ‘high brow’ literature but a lot of it is accessible, readable and enjoyable. I think a lot of people also think this category is way too serious, which it can be at times but for every serious one out there, there is a heartfelt, softer literary fiction novel as well. I think you just got to be open minded about everything.

Also, just to let everyone know, I’ve got a new rating category!RatingDNR

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About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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10 Responses to Armchair BEA: Literary Fiction

  1. Haha, I love your new category for rating!

  2. I enjoyed a lot State of Wonder [and Bel Canto]. need absolutely to read Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.
    very excited for all readers who will soon devour Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa, coming out June 4. just finished it, great great book, as you saw when you visited my blog

  3. ablightedone says:

    The Sinners and the Sea sounds really interesting!

  4. I think it gets a bad rap too – for being conceived as snooty but it doesn’t have to be! Yes, some of it is pretentious, but not the vast majority of it and that is what readers need to remember.

  5. tanya says:

    Do not resuscitate. I love it.

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