That’s “literary” as in “not classifiable by genre.” Sure, you can call “Pride and Prejudice” chick-lit, but that’s probably not what Jane Austen was intending.
I got four stars for having read 20. Included are a couple of my favorite books of all time (The House of Mirth and East of Eden), a couple of books I struggled to complete (Confederacy of Dunces and The Scarlet Letter) and a few books I’ve started to read and given up on.
What really surprised me about the list is how many titles (especially on page 3) I didn’t even recognize. I’ve been the adult librarian at a branch where “literary fiction” is the second top category read by adults for four years! The only category more popular is “narrative nonfiction”.
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