Thursday, December 23, 2010

Literary Blog Hop: Dec 23-26

Welcome to this week's Literary Blog Hop hosted by The Blue Bookcase!

This blog hop is open to blogs that primarily feature 
book reviews of literary fictionclassic literature, and general literary discussion

How do I know if my blog qualifies as "literary"? Literature has many definitions, but for our purposes your blog qualifies as "literary" if it focuses primarily on texts with aesthetic merit. In other words, texts that show quality not only in narrative but also in the effect of their language and structure. YA literature may fit into this category, but if your blog focuses primarily on non-literary YA, fantasy, romance, paranormal romance, or chick lit, you may prefer to join the blog hop at Crazy-for-books that is open to book blogs of all kinds.

Instructions for entering the Literary Blog Hop:

1. Grab the code for the Button.

Literary Blog Hop

2. Answer the following prompt on your blog:

(Suggestions for future prompts? Email them to us at

This week's question comes from Lisa at bibliophiliac:

What literary title (fiction or non-fiction) do you love that has been under-appreciated?  We all know about the latest Dan Brown, and James Patterson isn't hurting for publicity.  What quiet masterpiece do you want more readers to know?

... and our answer this week comes from Ingrid:

One of my favorite books is Solar Storms by Lisa Hogan. This book is about Angel, a rebellious teenager who was abused as a baby and grew up in foster homes. Wanting to connect with her relatives in some way, she travels to the remote region of Canada where she was born. She finds her grandmother, her great-grandmother, and her great-great grandmother. She learns secrets of her family and the special connection she has with her foremothers. Together, they go on a canoe journey to their ancestral homeland in the far north to fight the building of a hydroelectric dam that threatens the indigenous people that live there. 

I read this book as part of a course I took last year on Native American Literature. (See my post that will be up later today for more on Native American Literature.) Hogan's prose is intensely unique, psychological, meaningful and just so awesomely great. I wish more people would read this book, because it honestly changed the way I thought about literature and writing. 

3. Add your link to the Linky list below. 

Happy Hopping!