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!