Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Friday, January 14, 2011

Welcome Book Blog Hoppers-Jan 14 to Jan 17

Welcome to all Book Blog Hoppers

Every Friday Jennifer of Crazy For Books hosts The Book Blogger Hop-The Book Blogger Hop is a great chance to meet new to you bloggers, find some new blogs to follow and gain some great readers for your own blog.   Every week about 275 or so bloggers from all over the world participate.    I have found some excellent new blogs this way and gained some wonderful readers.    I follow about 500 book blogs  and am always happy to find more.   If you follow me I will follow you.


   My blog for the last few months has been one third Asian literature, one third classics and one third short stories but I do read contemporary fiction also and even some YA once in a while.    I have various reading projects I am working on also.    My latest one is short stories by Australian writers of the 19th century and I also recently read  five stories by African writers in competition for the Caine Prize.    I am very into Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf.  

If you visit me please leave  a comment so I can return the visit-

Every week Jennifer asks participants in the Book Blogger hop to answer a question-here is this week's question-

"Why do you read the genre that you do?  What draws you to it?"

I read a mix of classics, short stories and Asian fiction.   I read classics for what may seem like an elitist reason.  If I am going to take the trouble and time to read I want to read the best books out there.   I know there are issues out there in the world on this but I like to read canon status literature because I seek in the end to experience the best of world literature.   I read short stories a lot now as it is a genre I neglected for many years.    I read Asian fictions, mainly Japanese and Indian, as it is a new to world.   I also do read modern fiction sometimes.    I am open to new to me authors and am always happy to find a wonderful author I have not yet read.   

Mel u


Christina T said...

I admire your reading choices! I need to read more classics. I was an English major in college and I enjoyed reading world literature and British literature. Since graduating however I've read mostly for pleasure with the occasional classic thrown in. Last year I read Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell and reread Jane Eyre and some Jane Austen (my favorites).

This year I am slowly making my way through North and South by Gaskell. I really like it so far. I also hope to read some more Victorian literature for a reading challenge I am participating in.

Sniffly Kitty said...

I've definitely been trying to add more Asian lit to my book diet, and definitely want to help promote it although it's somewhat hard to find sometimes. I'm glad I've found you!

New follower!

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flanpnhfpnanfnFN said...

Happy Hopping! I'm already a follower ^-^

Teacher/Learner said...

Reading from the canon is respectable, as you'll get a taste of what the highest form of literature is, but there are excellent books not considered part of the canon, so it's great to step outside of it, too ;) Here's my post.

Suko said...

Hoppin' by! Reading great literature is fine in my book! Enjoy your weekend, Mel.

Zakiya LadyWings said...

Following you! :D

Stopping by from the Blog Hop and Follow Friday. Have a great weekend!

My Hop and Follow are here

Happy Reading,

Zakiya LadyWings said...

Following you! :D

Stopping by from the Blog Hop and Follow Friday. Have a great weekend!

My Hop and Follow are here

Happy Reading,

Alison Can Read said...

Hopping through. I'm reading my first Banana Yoshimoto book. Have you read any of hers?
My Hop