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Armchair BEA: Giveaways & Literature

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I always love giveaway day during Armchair BEA week. The idea that bookish prizes can be won throughout the book blogosphere really helps to make this week fun.

And, for me, it’s even more fun when the giveaway is for a bookish prize that allows me to choose which book I’d like to win. So that’s what I’m offering up for giveaway today.

So, while I’ll also be talking about “Literary Fiction” in this post, I thought I’d post the giveaway first. Because it is the main focus of the day.

Giveaway

What’s Up for Grabs:

Two books of your choice (total not to exceed $50 US) to ONE winner to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location.

The Deets:

+ Must be 13 or older to enter

+ Only ONE entry per household

+ Giveaway is International

+ Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email

Enter in the Rafflecopter below.

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Literary Fiction

Much of what I read these days is young adult fiction. Every so often I’ll go outside the genre and read something by Stephen King or dive into a PNR/UF novel. I rarely read anything simply dubbed “literary fiction.” I tend to like my genres. And always have. So I rarely read something that falls into just the basic category of literary fiction.

Prior to reading YA it was Chick Lit. Before that it was Mystery, Horror, Crime Fiction/Legal Thrillers. And while I have ventured out of my comfort zone to read such books as SHE’S COME UNDONE or THE WAY THE CROW FLIES, they weren’t life-altering in any real way.

There has really only been one modern fiction novel that left its mark. I’m not so sure I’d go so far as to say it changed my life, though. But I did make a strong connection to it, and I can still feel it every time I think about it. It is my most memorable read in recent-ish years.

I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but that novel is PAINT IT BLACK by Janet Fitch.

I first discovered the author in the late ’90s/early ’00s when I read her acclaimed WHITE OLEANDER prior to it becoming a film. And while I very much enjoyed that novel, PAINT IT BLACK was the book I most connected with. I found it haunting, depressing, tragic, beautiful. And it’s one I still think about today.

I think she’s one of the most outstanding authors out there and both stories mentioned have struck such a chord with me. The worlds she creates aren’t pretty. They aren’t simple. They aren’t light.

But the level of depth and emotion are what I expect when reading a novel. And its peers have not even come close to what she offers with her stories.

For someone who doesn’t read very much in the way of modern fiction, are there any titles you would recommend? What are your favorite novels that fall into the “literary fiction” category?

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