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