Category: literary fiction

Favorite literary fiction of 2016

Continuing my posts of favorite books of the year… up next I decided to talk about literary fiction.

One of the main genres I tend toward is literary fiction, and that has been since my undergrad English lit major days. It’s more of a time investment for various reasons, but the perfect mix of character and prose can be so rewarding. Here are my favorite literary fiction books that I read in 2016 (also they all came out this year, but that was a coincidence). Five of the seven were either nominated for or won a literary prize this year.

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Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh

…like all young women, I hid my shameful perversions under a façade of prudishness. Of course I did. It’s easy to tell the dirtiest minds – look for the cleanest fingernails.

Thus is the life of the titular character of this Man Booker Prize long listed novel – a quiet, painfully thin, small woman, made smaller by her drunk, abusive father, co-workers who make fun of her, and the man she lusts after who barely acknowledges her existence.

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The Glorious Heresies – Lisa McInerney

So this is the first dedicated review of a book that I have written since January. Whoops. Of course all I do here is write about books, but finishing grad school reduced me to blurbs. It might take me a while to get back into the swing of things, reviewing-wise.

This summer I read several books on the shortlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction: Ruby by Cynthia Bond, The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie, The Improbability of Love by Rothschild, The Green Road by Anne Enright, and The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney. I also read a few from the longlist, which were My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout and Girl at War by Sara Novic. I own a few more, which makes me eager to get to them.

However, as there can be only one, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney won, and I was lucky to get an advanced copy of it to read this week.

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I think this is the U.K. cover, but it’s prettier than the U.S. one, so there’s that.

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Anticipated Releases – Fall 2016

Last year sometime I created a list of my top ten anticipated releases of 2016, which wasn’t actually very conscious of many things coming out in the latter half. Nor was it conscious of literary fiction, in general. I decided to update the list based on things I’ve discovered since then. Until I made this list I didn’t realize how many good things are coming out, so I’m really excited!

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Man Booker longlist

Today the longlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced, and as with last year (and ever since I knew it was a thing) I’ll be reading at least some of the books and reviewing them here on the blog! I happened to have read one of them this week, and I quickly put five others on hold at the library, so I should be able to do this in the next few weeks. Plus, I’m on a rampage lately, reading a book every day or two (yay, month off!), so it shouldn’t take me too long to get through the ones that I have available to me now.

This is coming at a good time because I have been craving some more adult, literary fiction lately. Not adult in that sense, but in the, “hey, this book is full of grown-ups!” kind of way. Nothing against what I’ve been reading lately because it has been very entertaining, but it has been a lot of YA, middle grade, and summery reads.

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What I’ve Read – February 2016

First off, where did February go?! This past month I decided (too late in the month) that I would try to read more books by ethnically and racially diverse authors. Reading diversely is something I always try to do; according to my reading spreadsheet for this year so far I’m at 62% female authors so far this year, and that’s without really trying. But my reading of POC authors is a bit low, so I will slowly rectify that situation.

In February I read:

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Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff

Fates and Furies
Author: Lauren Groff
Publication: September 15th, 2015

Fates and Furies is the last book that I have finished for 2015, and I’m glad it was such a good one. This book is the story of a marriage, the people that husband and wife were and what they became, in and out of the marriage. But it’s really a lot more than that.

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