Armchair BEA 2013: Literary fiction

Armchair BEA

Day 3:  Literary Fiction

Day 1 was a total blast for me with Introductions.
Day 2 was about Blog Development
Day 3 is also giveaway day – don’t miss my post, I have 4 books for grab!

What books have you read this year that would fit into this category? Is there anything coming up that you’re particularly excited about? What authors/novels would you recommend to someone new to the genre? Are there any misconceptions or things that you’d like to clear up for people unfamiliar with literary fiction? What got you started into this kind of book? Name a novel that hasn’t received a lot of buzz that definitely deserves it.”


I love literature and have studied it for many years, both in French and in English. I have a passion for words, and a book can highly satisfy me even if there’s basically no plot, only great use of words, great descriptions, you know like a very slow contemplative movie where nothing really happens but you are grabbed to live in that world.

Here are some of my favorites reviewed in this blog, by alphabetical order of titles.
Click on the book covers to access my reviews:

1q84 all is forgotten

1. Murakami: simply one of my favorite authors

2. beautifully crafted by an author who went through the Iowa workshop, you can feel it

Bel Canto elegance of the hedgehog

3. great ambiance!

4. cool reflections of a young “philosopher”, and the movie is awesome!

ella minnow pea everything beautiful began after

5. so clever book with pangrams!

6. hauntingly beautiful!

evolution_of_bruno_littlemore  if on a winter's night

7. enter the mind of a monkey, really cool!

8. ah the great Calvino, like an exercise here in all kinds of literary forms

Three Lives Tomomi Tree of man

9. You love Murakami and Calvino? you have to try Benjamin Constable, book coming out June 4th, read my ecstatic review!

10. well maybe it’s a classic, but I enjoyed so much the writing as the author made me live in Australia in the bush for a lifetime


39 thoughts on “Armchair BEA 2013: Literary fiction

    • how on earth did I miss Flight behavior by Kingsolver?! I love every book by her. My favorite is the one you posted Poisonwood Bible, but I read it eons ago, so no review on my blog for it


    • now be prepared, you are going to have a major surprise with the monkey, it’s not your usual monkey, neither the usual love life of a young woman…
      just dropped a comment on your blog.
      thanks for visiting


    • actually it was published in 3 volumes in Japan, but all in 1 in the US [thank God, because I would not have had the patience to wait, as I kept devouring the 945 pages]. so there’s no sequel. Murakami just wrote another book, but the English translation has not been published yet, and it is not a sequel to 1Q84


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    • I can’t wait for the latest. maybe my next language to learn should actually be Japanese, so I would not need to wait for translators, lol!!
      thanks for visiting, I just commented on your post


    • no worry for the size of 1Q84, the way it is structured, you will devour it in the blink of an eye and you will want more after it’s over. it’s first 2 stories, about a boy and a girl, one chapter on each alternatively. each chapter ends at a dramatic moment in the life of the boy let’s say, and you wan to know what next, but before that, you have to read the chapter on teh girl, and same problem at the end of her chapter! so the 900 pages go very quickly! thanks for stopping by, I’m going to your place now


  2. These looks really interesting! But oh, I can’t believe I forgot about Ella Minnow Pea! That was such a fun book to read.

    I’ve yet to try one of Murakami’s books, but I’ve heard so many good things that I think it’s about time I remedy that. Which of his books do you think is the most accessible for a first time reader?


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  4. I’ve had IQ84 and The Elegance of the Hedgehog in my TBR pile for ages! This reminds me I need to bring them higher up to the top since I’ve heard so many people praise them (especially IQ84). Great list! 🙂


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