20th to 26th September: What is your favorite genre? List two of your favorite books in that genre.
Well, it’s hard to say. I really like historical romance, but I guess my favorite genre would be fiction, the big umbrella term. These are just two books that came to mind, though I have many favorites:
1. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
It's hard to say why I liked the novel so much, but for the time being let's say it is due to my appreciation for her stream-of-consciousness technique. I also like the doppelganger theme, along with a bit of existentialism mixed in.
2. The Ark Sakura by Kobo Abe
When I attempted to enter an essay contest for this prestigious summer program (which I didn't get in, by the way), I asked a friend of mine to tell me some 20th century literature that had an impact on him. My friend suggested The Ark Sakura and Cloud Atlas. I read the first, and quite enjoyed the novel's absurdist philosophy while mocking some aspects of men and Japanese society.
I guess it's somewhat obvious I'm a fan of existentialism?