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Hello,

First off let me apologise for my lack of posting. I’ve been really struggling recently. Since I’ve come back from holiday, other commitments have reared their ugly heads, and I’m finding it hard to find the time to really get this blog and book club going.

On this note, I’m writing to let you know whilst this blog will continue to stay live, I’m postponing the Book Club until October. My dissertation is due on September 21st, and from there I can dedicate my time more fully to this blog and I can really work at making it as amazing as I hope it one day can be.

Over the course of the few remaining months until then I will continue to post my book related thoughts, and I hope you enjoy them.

If you would like to keep up with my reading you can find me on Goodreads and Twitter. Drop me a line, and I’ll be happy to talk with anyone!

In the meantime, happy reading everyone!

Rebeca.

Our July Book

It’s almost that time of the month again! So, let’s get deciding what book we’ll read for July.
We didn’t receive any suggestions this month, so I hope everyone likes the ones I’ve picked out.

Our choices are:

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

He Said/She Said

The Vegetarian 

See What I Have Done

I hope everyone likes the choices this time! I’m excited to once again be reading with all of you!

Halfway!

Hello!

We’re now approximately halfway through the bookclub month and I hope everyone’s been enjoying the book so far.

I have officially returned from Korea, and currently struggling with some jetlag. But, we’re powering on through.

What have you guys found interesting about Whistle in the Dark so far? I’m actually kind of dying to know what really happened to the daughter when she was missing. I’m not sure I buy the amnesia trick.

But, we shall see!

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Happy 2 Months!

I missed the first month celebration, but we have officially reached two months!

I hope this has been as exciting an adventure for you guys as it has been for me! It’s certainly been a learning curve, and I’m enjoying writing for the Long Readers Book Club more and more as time goes on.

It’s so nice to be able to talk and share my thoughts on books with people, and get involved with reading with people.

I hope everyone continues to have fun!

 

Reading Teen Fiction

Over the years, I’ve read quite a lot of teen fiction, or young adult fiction and immensely enjoyed it. There are so many gems in the genre, and some amazing writers.

Whilst studying English literature at undergraduate level, I discovered that there was some dissent to even considering teen fiction as literature.

There seems to be a stigma around reading teen fiction, about perhaps the way it is not considered literary enough for it be anything noteworthy. I have personally never understood this concept.

Literary fiction implies that the novel that is published under this name is somehow superior. The Oxford Dictionary describes literary as “Concerning the writing, study, or content of literature, especially of the kind valued for quality of form.” Quality of form implies that it is a well-written piece, or it is valued for it’s form, and it’s use of language, perhaps over the plot of the writing. This could also be seen as marking ‘literary fiction’ as a superior writing genre, as it is ‘quality of form’. It could could also imply that the person writing in this genre is somehow better than someone working in teen fiction, or even children’s fiction.

I’m curious as to why that is. Is there a certain aspect of teen fiction that doesn’t meet a certain criteria? Is there an element of classism that makes it not literary?

Classism wouldn’t be hard to rule out, if it is viewed as not literary, then that implies a substandard. That only ‘real’ readers will reader literary works, and that the ease of access of teen fiction or the aim at younger reading implies that there can not be a literary concept to teen fiction. The ease of access implies that anyone can read it, whereas if it were considered literary, it could imply that it is inaccessible to ‘normal’ readers.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Your Top 5 Book Recommendations!

We all have our favourite books, but what are your top 5 reading?

What are the top five books you can think of that you always go back to reading?

Mine would be:

  1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (technically it’s one book!)
  2. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
  3. More Than This by Patrick Ness
  4. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

All five of these books have influenced me in quite a large way, either growing up or as a person. I always struggle to think of my top five favourite books as they change quite frequently. For example, if you’d asked me maybe ten years ago, Harry Potter would have been on that list, too. And whilst Harry Potter was still an influence part of my reading, it’s not in my top five anymore. Maybe in ten years, my top 5 will have changed again.

What are your top 5 favourite books? Let me know in the comments!