Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction and Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel and post Colonial Asian Fiction are some of my Literary Interests





Sunday, January 8, 2012

Welcome to All Literary Book Blog Hoppers Dec 1 to Dec 4


I am always glad to see the Literary Book Blog Hop-sometimes I admit I feel out of place in a world of YA books, vampire romances and ARC reviews.   It is good to meet other people with interests beyond these.


When I started my blog nearly two and a half years ago, I planned to focus on books about people who lead at least partially reading centered lives.   This is still a core focus of my blog but in reality I post on a variety of topics including Japanese literature, post colonial Asia fiction, classics, and lately I have been very into short stories.  My  blog is the home of Irish Short Story Week II (set for March 2012).   I like to discover new to me authors and I am open to joint projects and events.



I will be glad to follow back all who follow me.   If you visit leave a comment so I can return the visit.


Here's our question this week:

Here's our question this week:

Do you like to supplement your reading with outside sources, like Sparknotes, academic articles, or other bloggers' reviews? Why or why not? 


I just finished reading, for example. Kenzaburo Oe's latest book, The Changeling.  After I finished it I did a book blog search for other posts.   There were very few posts and none I was familiar with so I did not read any of them but I would have if they were known to me bloggers.  


I confess I not familiar with Sparknotes but if it is some form of "homework" helper I would not  at all really be interested.   I do not have access to read academic articles so I also do not much read them.  If I could I would probably not want to read a lot of academic articles as those I have read seem to be devoted to arguing with other academics and possibly published with the idea of using these articles to advance the career of the writer rather than from a real love of literature.


Mel  u

32 comments:

o said...

I think Virginia Woolf is a good choice, and Flush is a good example - I often use this book to try and get people into VW. I think if I wanted to get someone into literature in general, I may be tempted to suggest Mrs. Dalloway because it's length might be quite appealing to someone who isn't keen on reading, and also because it is well-known and inspired The Hours (thinking more of the film, here) one might feel more of a sense of achievement having read it. But then, maybe Flush would open the door not only to more Virginia Woolf, but also Elizabeth Barrett Browning! :)

MARIA GRAZIA said...

**Blushes** To Kill a Mocking Bird is still in my TBR list. Thanks for reminding me!
However, recommendation are never ever easy to me, as I wrote in my post for this hop :-/

Caroline said...

I would never have thought of Flush but now that you mention it, it's afantastic book to familiarize others with the work of one of the most literary writers.
The others seem good choices too.

mel u said...

O-when I read your suggestion of Mrs Dalloway I agree reading it will give a sense of accomplishment but I wanted a literary book that was not a challenge to follow the action-and you have a good point that it might well lead to the reading of the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning-thanks very much for visiting my blog-

Maria Garcia-To Kill a Mocking Bird was on my TBR list for many years-I liked it a lot

Caroline-thanks first of all for hosting the Literary Book Blog Hop-I am very glad you like the choice of Flush-at first I worried people will think my idea is just crazy but Flush is a fun book that might change some minds

o said...

"a literary book that was not a challenge to follow the action" - Very true. I think perhaps Mrs Dalloway might be throwing someone in the deep end, perhaps :)

Patricia said...

Following via Weekly Book Blog Hop.
Already a GFC follower, Patricia.

Have a Blessed Day,
Patricia aka Mamaw

Christine-Chioma said...

Your so right about "To Kill a Mockingbird". It's one that males and females like and it's a pretty quick read.

Suko said...

Mel, I still haven't read Flush--thanks for the reminder to do so! I think I'd truly enjoy it, being a fan of both Virginia Woolf and dogs.

Parrish Lantern said...

keep meaning to read Woolf, but haven't yet managed it, might have to be next year now.

mel u said...

o-Mrs Dalloway might be to "hard" a book for our purpose-of the big for VW books I like in order-no rational reason-The Waves, Orlando, Mrs Dalloway and Lighthouse-I also really like a number of her shorter works of fiction which I saw you are also getting into

Patricia-thanks very much for your visits and comments

Christine Chioma-another possible advantage of Mockingbird is that many people have seen the movie

Suko-I predict you will really like Flush a lot-

Parrish Lantern-perhaps 2012 will be the year of the Woolf for you!

Caroline-I really enjoyed Flush-I endorse it as a first Woolf-I enjoyed German Lit month and hope you will be able to do it again in Nov 2012

LBC said...

What interesting suggestions. I have vague memories of knowing that Flush existed, but I've never read it. I love Mrs. Dalloway, but I am a lover of literary fiction. Everyone does seem to love TKAM though. Good suggestion.

Becky (Page Turners) said...

I'm the same Mel u. My boyfriend had almost never read a book in his life so I tried to get him to read the Harry Potter series and it was a disaster. Sometimes it's best just accepting everyone has different interests and that's cool - the world would be boring if it were any other way.

If it were literary fiction they avoided, I might think of some recommendations for them, but they would have straightforward prose, I wouldn't want to scare them off even more!

CHE said...

To Kill A Mockingbird and Man-eater of Malgudi are both great choices. I'm sure Flush is too but I haven't read it yet.

James said...

Narayan is a brilliant choice for the questionable someone who does not like literature. How could anyone visit Malgudi with Narayan as his guide and come away not loving literature and life? My favorite is the story collection, Malgudi Days.

Jillian said...

I still need to read To Kill a Mockingbird!

Jinky said...

TKAM is still on my tbr ..and adding the other two!! I got to get my literary reading on ..I've gotten too caught up with the other genres you mentioned. --Grateful this question came up. :)

JNCL said...

Yes, I absolutely agree; I wouldn't bother a die-hard non-reader with any recommendations at all. It would just annoy them.
JNCL
The Beauty of Eclecticism

Anja Kasap said...

To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my favorite books of all time, excellent choice!

Judaye said...

You know I never heard of Flush. It will be on my TBR list for 2012. It sounds like a fun.

Ally said...

I see we have the same penchant for Japanese literature, which I rediscovered this summer (My 19Q4 is patiently waiting to be read next year) but I see neither of us would recommend it to someone who's not into literature at all, maybe because Japanese lit. is not for everybody? :)

Cozy in Texas said...

I don't get the whole vampire/paranormal thing either.
Ann

Darlyn (Your Move, Dickens) said...

To Kill a Mockingbird would be a great recommendation. I can't believe anyone would hate it. :)

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

It never even occurred to me to go the nonfiction route, but your choice of the Woolf is a good one. LOoks like Harper Lee is the popular answer this week!

Loni said...

I didn't think of Flush. It's a great story, but I think if you're recommending it to someone non-literary, any Woolf might be too scary.

mel u said...

LBC-thanks very much for your visit and comment

Becky Page Turners-you are very right-all sort of people

Che-I am glad you like my choices-thanks so much for your comment and visit

Jillian-I hope you will like TKMB when you do read it

Jinky-I am very glad you like the books I suggested and I appreciate your visit and comments very much

mel u said...

JNCL-yes I do not make any effort to "convert" nonreaders-

Anja Kasap-lots of people are endorsing To Kill a Mocking Bird-

Ally-glad we share a passion for Japanese Literature-the more I read the more I am into it

Cozy in Texas- sometimes it seems that at least 2/3rds of book blogs are devoted to the paranormal!

Darlyn (Your Move Dickens)-I guess it is hard to go wrong with To Kill a Mocking Bird!

As The Crowe Flies and Reads-Flush is a fictiojal biography from the point of view of Elizabeth Barrett Brownings dog!

Loni-you have a good point about Virginia Woolf scaring a lot of people-I picked Flush just because it is a very easy to follow fun quirky book but for sure I see your point-thanks very much for your comment and visit

mel u said...

James-it is great to meet a fellow lover of the work of Narayan-I mean how could anyone read The Man Eater of Malguidi with all the crazy things that happen and not want to read more of his work

Jenna Blake said...

Hi Mel,

You read my mind. Even though I didn't end up putting To Kill A Mockingbird in my post it immediately came to mind when I saw the question. It is both easy to read and engaging

Jenna

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

Hmmm...These comments seem to apply to previous Literary Blog Hops.

At first I thought I didn't use many secondary sources, but then I realizd that whenever I read nonfiction or historical nonfiction that I do spend time online reading more about anything in the book that caught my interest.

scribeswindow said...

How do you survive with no public libraries near you!!!???

mel u said...

Scribeswindow. Sadly there are no public libraries in much of the third amd second world. Readers inmany cases have never sen a real public library. i personally rely on the interent but itrealy is a huge felt loss fpr me. i feel so sad when i see that in california the governor no longer wants to fund libraries

mel u said...

As the Crowe Flies and Reads. Good observations! My only real resource avaiable is the net