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Armchair BEA: Literary Fiction

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Today's theme at Armchair BEA is Literary Fiction. I enjoy literary fiction about as much as I enjoy the genres that I wrote about yesterday. I like a mix, so I don't think I could just read literary fiction over and over. One thing I will say, though, is that I have a hard time categorizing books as literary fiction. Some are clear, but others could be considered literary fiction even though they also fall within historical fiction or other genres. I looked at a list of popular literary fiction books, and a couple of the books I mentioned on my genre post were on the list!

Here are a few of my favorites that I would consider literary fiction, but not necessarily genre fiction.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

The Ruins of Us by Keija Parssinen

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell

In the Lap of the Gods by Li Miao Lovett

The Girls: A Novel by Lori Lansens

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

What about you? Do you read literary fiction? If you do, what are some of your favorites?


  1. Loved Middlesex...I'll have to check out the others on your list.

  2. I won The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, definitely need to take time reading it now! thanks for sharing

    1. Yes, I really enjoyed it. I will admit that a friend found it too slow, but I thought it was beautifully written.

  3. I think literary fiction is generally too serious to read over and over, that's for sure. We need our fluff in between!

  4. I've been meaning to read Middlesex for so long! Definitely bookmarking this post to look at some of the other books you mentioned! I don'y read a whole lot, my favorite would probably be Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

    my ABEA post

    1. I've heard of that but haven't read it yet. I should add it to my list!

  5. I have gotten away from literary fiction because I'm so slow reading anyway. I tend to read quicker reads so that I have more reviews. The joys of blogging ;-)

    1. Yes, most of the literary fiction I read is because of my book club. I generally choose easier reads for reviews!

  6. The Girls. So excited to see that mentioned. I was fascinated by that book, but I didn't think it was very popular. I can't seem to get anyone to read it in the library. Nice to meet you!

    1. We read it for book club, actually. I have no idea who recommended it at the time, but I'm so glad they did!

  7. I have two of those books listed but have not read them. :-(

    1. So many books... so little time!

    2. I'm a huge fan of lit fic but while I love them in part because they so often teach me something, I don't want to end a book feeling stupid. I love Thrity Umrigar and Ann Patchett for that reason; they are smart ladies who write thought-provoking books that I "get." On the other hand, I also love historical fiction, quite a lot of non-fiction, mysteries...okay, I just love books!

    3. I'm with you, Lisa. Sometimes I read literary fiction and feel like I'm missing something! I did read The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar and I remember really enjoying that. I should look into some of her other books.


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