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May 30, 2013

ArmchairBEA: Literary Fiction

Your weekly Tips on Thursday post is interrupted today by Armchair BEA. But because I have trouble going a week without giving advice I have just one tip for you: Participate in networking events such as ArmchairBEA to increase your following and enjoy the full benefits of the book blogging community.

Day 3 of Armchair BEA and the topic is Literary Fiction

I don't read as much Literary Fiction as I once did, but I still enjoy it. I find it to be more difficult to review as I feel I need to talk about literary devices and all that stuff I learned in English class. I think some of it, too, is that the work will be so beautifully crafted that my own lame attempt at writing seems so inadequate. Here's a few works of literary fiction I've enjoyed recently:

Temptation by Douglas Kennedy (read my review). Even his Facebook posts are eloquently written.

In the King's Arms by Sonia Taitz (read my review). After reading it all I could think of was beautiful. I also enjoyed Sonia's memoir The Watchmaker's Daughter for once again it was just so beautifully written.

A Gift for My Sister by Ann Pearlman (read my review) was just a poignant story about love, loss, and family.

Immortal by Gene Doucette (read my review). I'm not sure if this book is technically literary fiction, but if writing style is a key to classifying a book as such then Doucette's Immortal could be.

I just finished listening to Is this Tomorrow? by Caroline Leavitt. It was a great coming of age story for a whole neighborhood.

As you can see my list is short and I'm sure there are a couple of others that could be listed, but these are the ones that come to mind when I think of Literary Fiction.

What do you think about Literary Fiction? Is it more difficult to review than genre fiction? What are some of your favorites?

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  1. I read a book by Caroline Leavitt that I adored...Pictures of You. I'll have to check out Is This Tomorrow?

    I love the themes of literary fiction....and here's MY ARMCHAIR BEA POST

  2. I want to read Is This Tomorrow?. I enjoyed Pictures of You too.

  3. Is This Tomorrow? sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing!