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, September 9, 2011

Welcome to All Book Blog Hoppers Sept 9 to Sept 11

Welcome to all Hopping By

Welcome to The Reading Life

Follow Me and I will Follow you Back

I have been a participant in the  The Book Blogger Hop hosted by Jennifer of Crazy for books for a long time.   I have found it to be a great place to discover new to me blogs and meet some great book bloggers.    

My blog and my reading focuses on an ever evolving collections of reads but for now I am very into South Asian Short Stories, Japanese fiction, classics, Katherine Mansfield, Flannery O'Connor, Elizabeth Bowen and Virginia Woolf.   I also read a wide variety of short stories and review an occasional carefully selected new work.    This month I am reading a number of horror and Gothic short stories.

My blog is the home of Irish Short Story Week centered around St Patrick's Day.   I am open to book blog events.  

Every week Jennifer poses an interesting question for us-here is this weeks question:

Many of us primarily read one genre of books, with others sprinkled in. If authors stopped writing that genre, what genre would you start reading? Or would you give up reading completely if you couldn’t read that genre anymore?

I read mostly short stories, classics and literary fiction.   If these did not exist anymore  I feel I might go into a reading "funk" for a bit then I would read in other areas without a problem.   The world of choices is so huge and a lot of our choices are from habit.   Two years ago I never read short stories hardly at all and now I love them and have read 400 so far this year.   

I will follow back all who follow me-just leave a comment letting me know you are now a follower.

Mel u


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I'm like you....I'd give up breathing before I'd give up reading.

I'm fascinated with your interest in Post-Colonial South Asian writers. I'd love to know some names of good writers in this genre.

Jennifer said...

Can you recommend some Japanese fiction? I have read *very* limited in this area, but I would like to consider some others. Thanks for Hopping! :)

Mel u said...

Deb Nance-I think my favorite South Asian writer (in fact one of my favorites period) is the India writer R. K. Narayan-there is a pretty good list of reading ideas in my page on Post Colonial Asian Fiction-lots and lots can be read online for free.)

Unknown said...

Hopping by...Come by and read my hop answer and enter the giveaway going on that page @ Ashley Suzanne!

Unknown said...

Hopping back! :)

I love classics too, could always read more of those! I understand going into a funk. I may too. :)

Paper Cuts

Mel u said...

Jennifer-thanks for hopping by and for all your Hard Work on the Book Blog Hop-I sent you by E mail two Reading Life Guides to Japanese Literature

Ashley-thanks for hopping by and I took your kind suggestion

TheReadingPenguin said...

I'm a new follower! I really need to read more classics. I read a good number in high school, but I've gotten in to other things since then.

Anne said...

You really do read a wide variety of books. I have not read many short stories but have been thinking of trying some in the near future.

Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Well, if my genre disappeared, I would give up reading NEW releases. Obviously I wouldn't be able to read new paranormal books if the genre disappeared, so I would live off my collection I've accumulated over the years!

Here's my Friday Hops

Have a GREAT weekend!

Old Follower :)

Emma Michaels said...

I am a follower!
I hope you will stop by The Writers Voice! It is my new group author blog and posts start tomorrow!

Emma Michaels

Mel u said...

Emma Michaels-thanks for stopping by-I am now a follower of your new blog-looking good so far-best of luck

pussreboots said...

I also started reading more short stories a couple years ago. There are so many different things to read even if new books in a favorite genre stopped being published. Please come see what I would read.