Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad… Literary Fiction?

Hello readers!

So, literary fiction. The big, bulky books that talk about how we’re all sad and lonely. I LOVE ‘EM.

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Joking aside, literary fiction gets the bad rep of being sort of a snobby genre, because it’s supposed to be so verbose and nothing ever happens and it’s always depressing. So, to read this kind of book, you obviously must be one of those people who love bragging about the books they’ve read to impress people.

Literary fiction tends to look too scary for people, who stay away from it like the plague. But it’s one of my favorite genres ever, and I’m here to defend it! With my life, if I must (hopefully not)

Things I love about literary fiction:

  • Deep, thoughtful characters with realistic flaws
  • Character-centered stories are very revealing about our own nature
  • Forces you to look at yourself and at others through a more empathetic light
  • It touches on subjects other genres are normally too shy to talk about, or they talk about it in a shallow way
  • Beautiful, immersive writing
  • I find it’s an antidote to the pressure of being perfect that social media makes me feel – it’s okay to be sad, depressed and flawed. It’s okay to be deeply imperfect and lead a less-than-perfect life. You’re fine and you’re going to be fine.

There is no exact rule about what to expect from a literary fiction work, although mostly they are contemporary works centered in one character, or maybe a small group of characters. But really, you can find literary fiction mixed with other genres too – YA (albeit rarely, but they exist!), mystery, fantasy, sci-fi… they do tend to be denser in content and can be hard to read sometimes, but ultimately, it feels like taking a deep breath. You face the truth of yourself and the ugly (and beautiful) things of the world. You appreciate what you have a little more.

Can you tell I love it?

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Spoiler Discussion on The Raven Cycle

I had added this on my review of The Raven Cycle, but that post ended up so giant that I decided to do a separate post on this!

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1. In book 2, after the whole mess with giant dream creatures battling and all, plus the death of Kavinsky, with plenty of witnesses, how come Ronan didn’t get in trouble? How exactly did the police think it was okay? Did the doctors find a “natural cause” for his death which could be associated with the drug abuse, maybe?

2. Why do electricity/engine gadgets still work after the death of their dreamers? If the animals and people stay in a kind of sleep state, shouldn’t those gadgets also stop working? Or does it only apply to living things?

3. Did anyone else feel that the Gray Man killing his brother in half a sentence was anticlimactic??

4. While of course I’m happy Gansey didn’t stay dead in the end, it felt so disappointing. Of course I wanted Blue and him to be together, but it’s just so… cliché. Also, he must have been dead for 1 minute only. His death was so sudden and he came back so quickly, it was kind of anticlimactic. His second death was such a big thing throughout the books, I expected lots of drama more. Also I didn’t understand exactly how Cabeswater revived him? From my understanding, he isn’t entirely human anymore, he’s part dream, if Cabeswater gave him life.

5. Do Blue and Gansey stay together?? Do Adam and Ronan??

6. The whole “three sleepers” thing must have been a mistake, then? 1 was not sleeping (Gwen), 1 was sleeping (Demon) and 1 was actually dead for hundreds of years. So, even if you suppose Adam’s “waking up” in book 3 counts, we’re still missing one.

7. Oh my god, all they had to do was ask Gwen about her father? They could literally have found him on the last book, in that case, and add 50 pages to it instead of having a full book.

8. I wish Blue had found out about being a ~tree sooner so she could’ve done that a few times throughout the series!

9. I expected so much more drama between Maura and Artemus!!! Where is my drama? Jealousy, explanations? Did he disappear all those years ago because he was called to take care of that entrance to the sleeping demon, or??

10. What majors did they go on to study? Did Blue go to college? Did Ronan get to be a farmer? Did Gansey become a politician? Did anyone go see a therapist??

11. So, with the demon gone, Cabeswater just 100% went back to normal? How was Ronan doing so fine after almost dying dramatically? Did he find a way to keep Matthew in the house, or will Matthew have to go to Cabeswater, too?

 

If you have any thoughts on any of those questions, please let me know in the comments!

 

How my “The Raven Cycle” Readathon went!

Hello readers!

So this last weekend had 4 days because of a holiday plus bridge day in Germany, and I used the opportunity to be constantly fed coffee by my boyfriend while reading The Raven Cycle series. Really, I don’t think I’d drunk this much coffee in such a short time in months!

This is the fantasy YA series I cannot stop hearing about and a lot of people whose tastes in books are very similar to mine simply adore it, so I knew I had to read it immediately to see what the hype was about!

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First of all, I’d like to say that all these books looked to be about 300 pages long, but somehow they were all around 430 pages long, which is WITCHCRAFT and messed up my careful planning of how much time I’d need for each. Meaning I got nothing else done in the weekend but reading. I’m glad there was no need to go to the supermarket, otherwise I’d have starved. Continue reading

Classic Books I Want to Read

Hello readers!

Some time ago I published a post named Why I read classics + Why you don’t need to, which got me thinking: which are the classics I do want to read, and why? As said in the post, I am rather picky with classics to read, because most of the time I expect their writing to be boring, even in adventure books. So I do quite some research before adding one to my TBR. Also, a lot of the classics I’ve read are Brazilian, so the “international” classics I haven’t read much. Here are the ones I look most forward to!

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To The Lighthouse Virginia Woolf

To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf, is a book I simply cannot believe I haven’t read yet. I really liked Mrs Dalloway and A Room of One’s Own, and I admire Virginia as a writer and person so much! I need to read this ASAP. It tells the story of a family as they travel to an Island in Scotland in the 1900s. Seems to be a very introspective book. Continue reading

International Women’s Day: 10 Book Recommendations

Hello book lovers!

For International Women’s Day, I thought it would be nice to give and receive some feminist book recommendations! I am very pleased that in the past few years, feminist books have boomed and there is now so much to choose from in different genres, by different voices. Here are 10 really good ones!

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A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf

This is an essay in which Woolf discusses the world around her, analyzing the limitations of women in society. It’s beautifully written and rather short to read, but so full of moments when you’ll have to stop reading and really think about it. It’s amazing and a non-fiction classic. Continue reading

Is it worth getting a Kindle Unlimited subscription?

Dear readers!

I have used Kindle Unlimited once about two years ago, and I read some really great stuff there and some really bad stuff too. Thinking about that, plus the fact that I am in a book ban (again…) and I realized that Kindle Unlimited was a loop hole on my ban (hehe), I decided to try it for the 30-days free trial period! But then I had around three thousand ARCs to read, so I only read a few books on the free trial month. Then, for the sake of committing to blogging (just kidding, there were books I wanted to read hehehe), I stayed for another month.

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My Experience

I really like using the this subscription, as I love reading thrillers, and there’s a few classics in there too, plus lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Audiobooks, and it’s quite nice that I can switch seamlessly from ebook to Audiobook with this. I will probably not use it EVERY month, but there’s a lot of good books on the list and I will be using it from time to time. During this experience I read 10 books. A few other I ended up getting from either Netgally or Edelweiss, so I could definitely have added easily another 5 to this list if it wasn’t for that!

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Valentine’s Day: A Romance Books Discussion

Dear readers,

Happy Valentine’s Day! In my country, this is celebrated on June 12th, but since my boyfriend is European, we also celebrate it on February 14th. Do you have a Valentine’s Day tradition? I have to say I don’t have any… we both kind of keep it low key and maybe give each other chocolate or go out to have dinner… but nothing too much.

Anyway, if you have been reading my blog for a while, you probably know I’m not a big romance reader. I’ve never read a Nora Roberts, a Danielle Steel or a Nicholas Sparks book. I don’t mind reading romance in books, but I don’t particularly seek them out. Normally, my favorite romances are also from another genre, like fantasy. This comes probably from my own prejudices regarding the romance genre, for which I am not proud of (see what I did there?? No?? See the gif below then).

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Cool “Read Now” Books on Netgalley!

Hey readers!

If you are new to Netgalley, or if you are an international blogger and haven’t been approved for books for a while because a lot of books are just not possible for us to Request, but only Wish For but would still like to read some good books, I have a few suggestions! I haven’t read all of those yet, but I have them on my Shelf and have researched a lot on those books’ blurb.

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Herding Cats Sarah AndersenHerding Cats by Sarah Andersen is a cute book full of comics that are so relatable!! Sarah’s work is very cool, cute and honest about adulting, making friends as an adult, being introverted, etc…  Continue reading

10 Things That Changed Since I Started Blogging

Hello readers!

What has changed for you since you started blogging? Did you expect your habits to change at all? Did they come as a surprise for you?

Here’s what changed for me!

  1. I now use words like “enthralling” and “gripping”. It seems like “SO GOOD” isn’t an entire review, after all. Also “unputdownable” is a word??
  2. I read more critically. Not only analyzing if it was a good book or not, or what has called my attention about it, but also more pointed things, like writing style, book tropes, pacing. Probably because of that, I recommend books to people more confidently. Because now I know what I found good or bad about what I read, so it’s easier to see if someone will like it or not. Although sometimes my brain just goes a bit stupid and all I can think about after reading is “SO GOOD” and writing a review becomes very difficult! 
  3. I read a lot of new releases! I’m 100% a mood reader, and seeing a book going around on Instagram, Book blogs, Booktube etc will definitely make me want to read it more. This happens far more often with new releases than older books, soo…
  4. I tried audiobooks! Really great experience, which I definitely would not have tried without blogging!
  5. I read more YA and fantasy. After having a couple disappointing experiences with YA, I’d become more cautious with the genre, and found myself inclined towards women’s fiction far more. But now I get awesome recommendations that definitely don’t disappoint at all. Fantasy also sometimes can be a hit or miss for me, but with reading more reviews I get far more hits now! 
  6. I learned and use acronyms daily, like TBR, YA, NA, ARC, MC… book blogging has its own language.
  7. I created Twitter, something I never thought I would. And Twitter is more fun than I thought. So hard to keep your thoughts to 140 characters, though. (when I wrote this post at least… now it’s 280 characters, but I’m team 140)
  8. I also created a public Instagram account, which means I now take photos of books randomly in places I go to, while looking like a weirdo who photographs books on top of pumpkins while an old couple judges me. #truth
  9. I use lots of my spare time to read and blog, and have no idea what I did before with said spare time. Did I have friends? I vaguely remember faces. 
  10. I am more lenient with my ratings. As now I start listing exactly what I like and dislike about a book, sometimes small things that made me very petty with the rating seem very small. Though twice it did happen that I had given a better rating and changed for a worse one when writing the review. The majority of the ratings tend to go up, though.