Armchair BEA Day 3!!



Today is Day 3 of the Armchair BEA!  Today’ s Genre is Literary Fiction.  When I saw this I was a little confused-hmmm, what is literary fiction exactly?  So, I do what everyone does when they find themselves in need on information- I googled it.  As best as I can put together, literary fiction is- “critically acclaimed”, serious, focuses on subject, not plot, “based in language”, lyrical and poetic, and focused on character development.  Ok- this I can work with.


So far this year, I have enjoyed The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin-

I also really like Silver Lining Playbook by Matthew Quick-

In the future, I would like to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Life of Pi. I also can’t wait to get my hands on And The Mountains Echoed!

For someone just getting into literary fiction, I would recommend The Cider House Rules by John Irving or The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kinsolver.  Also- The Kite Runner was amazing!!

I honestly have trouble differentiating between genres sometimes.  Another book many would call a classic, but I think qualifies, would be Pride & Prejudice.

I think the label “literary fiction” can be off putting, as if you have to be a Literature major in order to read certain books.  I think that is ridiculous!  Anyone can read any book, as long as they enjoy it.  If it feels like work, or a chore, then it is not meant to be.

Maybe I should remind myself of that as I try to tackle more “classics” 🙂

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cover of "Life of Pi"

Cover of Life of Pi

Cover of "The Poisonwood Bible"

Cover of The Poisonwood Bible

Cover of "The Cider House Rules"

Cover of The Cider House Rules

12 thoughts on “Armchair BEA Day 3!!

  1. I picked up The Cider House Rules at a book sale last summer but it’s still sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. And I really do want to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, too. I read Life of Pi in high school and just did not enjoy it. Maybe I’ll try it again sometime, but I still can’t forget its dullness.

  2. I have been very curious about The Orchardist….it will be one to read this year, I think.

    Also….Silver Linings Playbook, which I saw at the movies before reading it, but that’s okay. It was awesome enough to follow up with a read.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and enjoy your week.

  3. I tried a couple of times to read Life of Pi and yuck. Couldn’t get into it at all. I really enjoyed The Poisonwood Bible and The Kite Runner. Not reading as much literary fiction these days.

  4. I really want to read The Perks of Being A Wallflower! I’ve heard a ton about it and I want to read the book before I see the movie. I really enjoyed Life of Pi and I read The Poisonwood Bible which I also enjoyed…but I remember being really pissed off at a few of the characters, lol. It was an AP Lit book and I dropped the class about 2 weeks in because me and the teacher clashed (which never happens), but when i told her I was sad I couldn’t finish the book she let me keep it.

  5. Hmm I haven’t read most of the ones you listed up there, but hate to say it the few I did read I didn’t like too much. Sometimes literary fiction feels like high school assigned reading. Is that bad?

  6. I had a general idea of what literary fiction was, but I wasn’t positive. Wikipedia is very helpful! I’ve been meaning to read Silver Linings Playbook! I liked The Perks of Being a Wallflower a lot. I need to read The Poisonwood Bible and some of the others you mentioned. Great post!

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