The Cider House Rules - John Irving
Post Office - Charles Bukowski
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
And by way of a round up, I thought I would leave you with my top-five posts from 2011. I'm glad to say that they are all my Microfiction - approximately 500 words each or less. What do I mean by Microfiction I hear you ask. Well let me try to explain.
If a novel takes you on a tour of a house and garden, a short story might show you a dinner party that was held in that house, showing you only the dining room, kitchen and maybe the toilet. Microfiction lets you sneak up to the front door of the story and poke your nose through the letterbox. It gives you a very limited view of what's inside. Now I would like to take credit for that little description of short-fictions place in the universe, but I can't. I read it somewhere a few years ago and whats worse I cannot even remember where it came from. Although I'm very grateful to whomever it was. I have read that Hemingway wrote - "For Sale, child's shoes, never worn." This has been cited by many as one of the best examples of microfiction.
Anyhow on to my chart... As voted for by your good selves, when I say voted I mean more of you read these posts in 2011.
1 - The Dress
3 - The Snowman
4 - Perfect Diction
5 - It's New Home
Well that's me just about done for now, I wish you all a Happy New Year and leave you with a question, what are your reading resolutions for this year? What books are you looking forward to? Let me know.
Until next time...