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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Is There a Genre for This?

I have always maintained that my writing is hard to force-fit into a literary genre. Multicultural and literary come about as close as any labels can. My reading tastes are also wide-ranging. Here is what I have been reading in the last month.

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, winner of the 1952 National Book Award and a classic ever since. You might find it interesting that President Obama in college read and reread this novel until it was dog-eared. See The Washington Post excerpt from the upcoming David Marannis biography of the President.

Cuentos de Amor de Locura y de Muerte [Stories of Love Madness and Death] a collection by the gifted Uruguayan writer Horacio Quiroga, who died in 1937.

Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, a book of poems about the individuals buried in fictional Spoon River.

Hope of Israel, a fabulous historical novel by Patricia O’Sullivan, “based on the true experience of Jews in Lisbon, Amsterdam and London during the politically and spiritually tumultuous 17th century." [Publishers Weekly]

Inseminating the Elephant, a Pulitzer Prize finalist poetry anthology by Lucia Perillo.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, a surprising page turner of a book that also lets one peek into early U.S. history.

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, a psychological novel by the award-winning Japanese writer, Yukio Mishima

Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

How would you label my reading tastes?


Patricia O'Sullivan said...

Heavy and deep. The closest thing you have to a beach read is my novel! :)

Karen said...

Eclectic, as are mine!

Dostoyevsky is one of my fave authors. And I read Stephen King once in a while...go figure ;)

Judith Mercado said...

Patricia, all beach reads should be as good as yours!

Karen, ecletic describes it well.

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

Eclectic - like mine!! On my Goodreads profile I say "my reading tastes are eclectic, my reviews subjective!" I'd definitely classify your reading tastes as eclectic.

But ... "inseminating the elephant"? That title totally intrigues me!! :)

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion sounds a good one too!

And so I add more to my ever growing TBR pile! :)

Hope your writing is going well and that 2012 has been kind to you...:)

Judy, South Africa

Judith Mercado said...


Eclectic for sure. Don't bother though with the Inseminating poetry anthology. I and a friend could not warm up to it. I am enjoying the Mishima book very much.