Armchair BEA Day 2: Blogger Development and Genre Fiction
When I originally started blogging I didn't think I would be as involved in the community as I am. I didn't think I'd have a twitter account, participate in read-a-thons or read-alongs, host giveaways, or probably ever meet other bloggers. I figured I'd just write my reviews and that would be it. But now I'm doing all of the above and more. I'm still kind of private (I think my face has appeared on my blog only once) and I don't have a whole lot of time to get out to events and such but I am starting to branch out into the community. It's funny that I'm so outgoing in person but when it comes to my online personality, I'm kind of introverted. But I like how things are going so for the foreseeable future I plan to keep things the way they are. Maybe I'll break out of my shell a little bit, if you force me out of it.
I'm a pretty eclectic reader here, there are some genres that I won't touch with a ten foot pole but for the most part I'm open to trying different genres. But at the end of the day I'll always be drawn back to 3 - Can Lit, Literary Fiction, and British Chick Lit.
As a very proud Canadian, how can I not like Can Lit? As a people we are unique, have an interesting sense of humour, and are a jumble of cultures and that is very apparent in our literature. If you're looking for something quintessentially Canadian I would recommend Terry Fallis, Will Ferguson, Lawrence Hill, Austin Clarke, and one of my all time favourite books, In the Skin of the Lion by Michael Ondaatje.
If you're looking for something of the moment I highly recommend Cathy Marie Buchanan's The Painted Girls and Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being.
Literary Fiction is something I'm becoming drawn to more and more. I enjoy following the awards season and finding the best of fiction from around the world. Some of the ones that have I've really loved lately have been Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi and The Dinner by Herman Koch.
And British Chick Lit…where do I begin? Probably with the one who started it all, Miss Bridget Jones. From Helen Fielding, I discovered Sophie Kinsella, then Gemma Townley, Carmen Reid, Lucy Diamond, and my newest favourite, Chrissie Manby, among many others. Maybe it's because my secret fantasy is to pick up and move to England, maybe it's because my grandmother instilled in me a love for all things British, but to me the best chick lit comes out of England. When I'm feeling down, I reach for it. When I've been reading heavy stuff, I follow that up with it. When I'm on vacation, it's what I bring with me. If it weren't for British chick lit, I wouldn't have read anything but textbooks all through university!
My vacation reading pile, all British chick lit. Summer can't come soon enough!