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Friday, September 20, 2013

Meme: Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

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? 

10 comments:

  1. My favorite genre is historical fiction.

    Happy Hopping!!
    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

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    1. I really like historical fiction. :) I was into it way before getting into historical romance.

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  2. I LOVE classics (as well as several other genres), but have never read "Mrs. Dalloway". I'll have to get around to it, since this novel is supposed to be one of her best.

    As for "The ARk Sakura", I've never heard of it, but will investigate further.

    Any books dealing with existentialism are bound to be fascinating, even though I don't quite agree with this philosophy. When I hear the word EXISTENTIALISM, the first work that comes to mind is "Waiting For Godot", which I read in college. Another book that comes to mind (which I have not read) is Sartre's "Nausea".

    Very interesting choices! HAPPY READING!! : )

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    1. I liked Virginia Woolf's The Lighthouse but Mrs. Dalloway is certainly a classic.

      It's a bit weird...but that's Absurdism for you!

      I find it fascinating though I wouldn't live my life with that philosophy. Too depressing, don't you think?

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    2. I didn't say that in my previous comment, but yes, existentialism is MUCH too depressing! And I did NOT enjoy reading "Waiting For Godot". But, it was assigned reading....

      BTW, thanks for commenting back and following my blog! I'm now going to return the favor!! : )

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    3. P.S. Now following you with GFC & Bloglovin'. I've also added you to three Google + circles, liked your FB page, and sent you a friend request on Goodreads! : )

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  3. Wow, I haven't read any of these. Maybe it's because I don't venture much out side of my favorite genre? LOL
    But great picks. And you totally should have made it into the summer program!

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    1. LOL I read Mrs. Dalloway as a required reading for HS and really liked it and The Ark Sakura was read before I got into the romance genre. I'm sad to say that most of my time is devoted to historical romance now! ^_^

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    2. LOL it's all good.

      I just wanted to tell you I was nominated for Liebster award and now I'm choosing you for the award too!! Here's my blog and all you have to do is read along, answer, and make your own!
      congrats on the award!

      http://doingsomereading.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/i-got-a-liebster-award/

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