Today’s Instagram Challenge is “Your TBR Pile.” My TBR pile is extremely large, so I just picked a few selections and put them on a table. With a candle. Okay, I made a TBR shrine.
The next order of business is giveaways. I currently have two giveaways open, both of which are being sponsored by the publishers. Both giveaways already have their own posts, so follow the links!
*edit* – Both giveaways are U.S. only.
The first giveaway is “Glow” by Jessica Maria Tuccelli. The book is about six generations of a family living in the American South, each of whose lives are impacted by racism. There is also a ghost. The winner will be pulled from a hat on May 31.
The second giveaway is “Shadow of Night” by Deborah Harkness, the sequel to “A Discovery of Witches.” It’s about a witch and a vampire who fall in love after discovering a mysterious old manuscript, and involves time travel. The winner will be pulled from a hat on June 8.
And now, onward to today’s genre discussion… literary fiction!
I’m very picky about general fiction. I don’t tend to read books that are set in today’s society, because I already live here and don’t need to spend more time in the present. I try to avoid stories that are horribly depressing, because there are enough depressing things in real life. At the same time, I don’t want my books to be completely escapist. I want them to challenge the way that I think about the world and to immerse me in different cultures and time periods.
Even though the main focus of my blog is SF/F, I do occasionally review literary fiction. Some of my favorites (in no particular order) have included:
1. “Glow” by Jessica Maria Tuccelli – See above.
2. “The House of the Spirits” by Isabel Allende – Allende tells the story of a revolution in a South American country and how it impacts a family. Her characters are vibrant, and her world contains just a hint of magic.
3. “The Mirrored World” by Debra Dean – The story of the Russian saint Xenia, as told from the perspective of her cousin. The novel explores the line between holiness and madness.
4. “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd – Set around the time of the Civil Rights Act, a young girl runs away from her abusive father and learns a valuable lesson about race and family. Some of the characters in this novel remind me of my aunts, who are wonderful and crazy all at the same time.
5. “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya – A coming of age story involving generational conflict and magic, and featuring a blend of Catholic and folk beliefs.
What are your favorite literary fiction novels?