Literary Blog Hop: January 6-9
January 7, 2011 11 Comments
The Literary Blog Hop is organised by The Blue Book Case. It’s a weekly event for blogs that discuss primarily literary fiction and classics. Hop over the The Blue Book Case if you want to join in!
This week’s discussion question is:
How did you find your way to reading literary fiction and nonfiction?
Quite naturally. In my library, under-12s could only borrow from the children’s section, the over-12s from the adult section. At 12, I had finished the whole children’s section (at least, as far as books that appealed to me were concerned) and it was great to “graduate” to the adult section.
I was rather indiscriminately taking out books that seemed nice. I remember getting romancy-type books by e.g., Victoria Holt as well as Dutch contemporary literary writers (Hermans, Vestdijk) and the classics (Stendhal, Dostoyevsky).
I was not distracted by YA books with beautiful covers, because they didn’t exist at the time. There were children’s books and there were adult books, that was all.
I think I read and liked them all. Food for the young brain! Junk food and three-star food is all fine at that age.
Literary fiction I read this week:
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler, which is a brilliant book!
We are so familiar with front covers of books, but now try and guess which back cover this is!