To me the Literary Book Blog Hop is a great event. I read and post on mostly classics, short stories, Asian Fiction and what I see as literary novels.
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Every week the Literary Book Blog asks that participants answer a question-here is the very interesting question for this week.
How did you find your way to reading literary fiction and nonfiction?
I began reading literary quality fiction somewhere around ten years old. . I do remember my first classics were abridged versions of the works of Dumas read at age 8 or so. At age 13 I somehow got my own copy of Clifton Fadiman's A Lifetime Reading Plan. I knew at once that I wanted to one day be able to read all the books he talked about. I am happy to say I read six of the books on his list for the first time last year! I am still working on Fadiman's list and I have made some very big diversions over the years. I also read about the same time Van Loon's Lives by Henrick Wilhelm van Loon (1942). I found it among my father's books. It is about a series of imaginary dinner parties with the great figures of world history, including many writers. As I read it at age 13 or so I remember thinking "how can one person know so much"?