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Matthew de Lacey Davidson says:

Intelligent recommendations. Do you know the short stories of New Zealand author Katherine Mansfield?

Owl Night says:

This was very interesting. I do read a lot in this genre, but you still mentioned a lot of books I hadn’t heard of before. Also, I’m now very much regretting not picking up Burial Rites, because I saw it on sale ridiculously cheap a while back… Oh well, maybe my library has it…

shemightbemonica says:

Love this! I still need to read Burial Rites. It sounds amazing. Have you read The Remains of the Day by Ishiguro? It’s one of my absolute favorites. Also, he has a new book (finally) coming out this year! Very excited for that one. 😀

Bree Mae says:

Ahhhh this video is really just in time for me. I’ve only recently discovered that literary fiction is MY. GENRE. Two years ago I was only reading YA (dissatisfied though I was) because I was scared of adult fiction, then a long reading hiatus happened, and NOW that I’m back to reading voraciously… I can’t stop picking up literary fiction and memoirs. I feel so at home, all at once. This was a great primer of sorts now that I’m delving deeper into the genre. 
Thank you for making this video and providing so many fantastic recommendations on your channel in general! I really appreciate your taste, and the insights you share on the books you pick up. =)

TheBibliophile says:

Very well spoken, Max! I really enjoyed this video!

Jill Bradshaw says:

I need to reread Never Let Me Go. I don’t think I appreciated it the first time around. I read it when I was 15 so it may have been over my head. Also your copy is beautiful.

Eleanor Kate says:

This was helpful! I was wondering what defined ‘literary fiction’ and what fell into that category, very helpful. Thanks!

dylanbooks says:

wow okay i know you hated winger, but dayum it looks good on your shelf

WhittyNovels says:

I definitely just searched “literary fiction recommendations” in the youtube search and your video came up and I was so excited because I trust this review so much, but sorry that this comment is literally a year late hahaha!

i’m really upset that I was spoiled on Never Let Me Go. I think I could have really enjoyed it but I was so exasperated by the spoiler and that I was reading it for a book club wherein half the members of had already read it (and were thus giving away the ending during discussion). I hear how good it is and I just wish I could have had a different experience reading it :/

Great video as always, Max!

snazzydarcyreads says:

yes i love this video!
i adore books that not only entertain me, but shifts my perspective on things. 

Luna Jora says:

Thank you so much for this video. I have become increasingly frustrated and discouraged that the only booktubers I’ve seen review exclusively YA, which I’m not very interested in. I’m now considering creating my own channel, so thanks for the relatable content! :)

Nullifidian says:

Regarding _All the Light We Cannot See_, I don’t know why anyone would necessarily draw a distinction between literary fiction and historical fiction. Plenty of literary classics are historical fiction, the most obvious example being _War and Peace_. Right now, I’m reading Ford Madox Ford’s _The Fifth Queen_ trilogy (if you download it from Project Gutenberg, like I did, you’ll have to get each individual volume, which are _The Fifth Queen; and How She Came to Court_, _Privy Seal: His Last Venture_, and _The Fifth Queen Crowned_). This is like a turn-of-the-20th-century _Wolf Hall_, since it deals with the relationship between Henry VIII and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, and it’s well worth reading. For that matter, _Wolf Hall_ is another example that shows that mixing historical and literary fiction is hardly unusual, since it got the seal of literary approval by winning the Man Booker Prize. In fact, many of my favorite literary novels are historical fiction, some hundreds of years old and some published in the 20th/21st centuries. Certainly Umberto Eco’s _The Name of the Rose_ is a literary masterpiece in addition to being a work of historical fiction. Ditto Hermann Broch’s _The Death of Virgil_, John Barth’s _The Sot-Weed Factor_, Willa Cather’s _Death Comes for the Archbishop_, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s _The Leopard_, and so on.

However, one of my favorite authors of historical fiction is a writer from the Russian “Silver Age” of writers (the writers after the “Golden Age” of the previous generation of Tolstoy, Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, etc.) named Dmitri Merezhkovsky. He wrote a trilogy of historical novels (connected thematically, not historically, so they can be read in any order) called _The Death of the Gods_ (about Julian the Apostate), _The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci_, and _Peter and Alexis: A Romance of Peter the Great_. Initially, when I discovered him, I could only find these books online at the Internet Archive, but now Project Gutenberg has digitized the first two novels in the series. In fact, his books are why I bought my first Kindle. I had read _The Death of the Gods_ online and been so blown away that I didn’t read anything for days afterward because I just wanted to think about that book for a while. The next book (the one on da Vinci), which is a great deal longer, was just too much for me to read over a computer screen, so I got a Kindle that allowed me to read the PDF download without eye strain.

Ardenwolfe says:

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for recommending Everything I Never Told You. It’s so good!

SCSreads says:

These are great recommendations! I recently read Burial Rites and thought it was beautiful (it also made me want to go to Iceland!). Everything I Never Told You is towards the top of my TBR. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews for that book.

amemotoyou says:

Now I’m dying to reread Never Let Me Go. I’ve strayed from reading literary fiction in the past couple years, simply from not having the time I like to attend to a literary fiction book. Hopefully this year! All the Light We Cannot See was my favorite book of 2014, and I would definitely consider it a literary fiction in addition to being historical.

Feyzan Nayim says:

I will highly recommend girl at war to anyone who is willing to read this genre.

Heta U says:

I saw Ishiguro in the thumbnail and clicked on the video at lightning speed. Never Let Me Go is my favorite book I’ve read in my life so far. Which isnt all that long but it is such a stunning book! Definitely adding some of the books on here on my TBR.

Serukis says:

Thanks for the recommendations. I’ve been wanting to expand my reading horizons lately. :)

Have you read The Tiger’s Wife? It’s one of my favourites. x

Courtney B says:

never let me go was so sheerly heartbreaking!

Athena Jacob says:

Do you review books?

sarcasmpersuasion says:

Ah Never Let Me Go is one of my all time faves. I want to reread it because I had read it in high school and it’s been so long I feel like I’m gonna appreciate it even more now that I’ve grown so much as a reader

steakuccino says:

Wow. These seem like great recs. I have just added a bunch of them to my list of books to check out. Thank you so much!

Kathleen Ann says:

I am really excited because my in person book club chose All the Light We Cannot See for our February read and it sounds like I am going to love it.

The Marvelous Reading Room says:

Thank you for making this! I’ve always admired your reading taste. I really value your opinion and I love seeing your reviews pop up on the books I search on Goodreads. BRB while I go add all these to my TBR.

operacute says:

If you liked Ishiguro I would recommend “The Unconsoled”, in my opinion his best book -I’ve read them all- needless to say he is one of top three favourite writers. Beautiful style, great and surprising stories…Absolute gold.

mippapiddleton says:

I just got Everything I Never Told You and now I am even more excited to read it! Great video, Max! Joy Luck Club and Never Let Me Go are also some of my favorites :)

Helene Jeppesen says:

Thanks for clearing out for me what “Literary Fiction” is 😉 Also, why wasn’t I already subscribed to your channel?

Janet says:

Have you read The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro? I love this book more than Never Let Me Go. So subtly beautiful.

maureenkeavy says:

I think I’m gonna add that to my TBR for next month. I’m PUMPED.

tysephine says:

If you’re looking to get more into short stories, I highly recommend the following: anything by Karen Russell, Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood, Lungs Full of Noise by Tessa Mellas, Diving Belle by Lucy Wood.

I had a bit of a short story kick there for a while and found some pretty great stuff :)

Liam Maple says:

You are so darling! Booktube is making a come back, start making videos again!

Vidya Vijayan says:

Since you mentioned that you enjoy interweaving storylines, I have some books to suggest that i think you might like.

1. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
2. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
3. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Do let me what you thought of them if you’ve read them already :)

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