Booking Through Thursday (on Friday)

Each week Booking Through Thursday posts a meme (an idea that gets passed from person to person or blog to blog) about books. I’ve read BTT for awhile and looked at how others have responded, but this is my first time participating. I should note that this is the Booking Through Thursday meme for July 23, not the one for this week.

The question this week is actually a series of quick Qs and As. My answers are in red.

Reading something frivolous? Or something serious?
Paperbacks? Or hardcovers?
Fiction? Or Nonfiction?
Poetry? Or Prose?
Biographies? Or Autobiographies?
History? Or Historical Fiction?
Series? Or Stand-alones?
Classics? Or best-sellers?
Lurid, fruity prose? Or straight-forward, basic prose?
Plots? Or Stream-of-Consciousness?
Long books? Or Short?
Illustrated? Or Non-illustrated?
Borrowed? Or Owned?
New? Or Used?

Booking Through Thursday: Great American Novel

In honor of Independence Day, Melanie over at Tea Reads posted the Booking Through Thursday Meme for this week: What is the Great American Novel? My first thought was something by Theodore Dreiser, but then I quickly settled on Main Street by Sinclair Lewis. In fact, I think almost anything by Lewis could fall into this category, but his tale of small town America in Main Street is a classic. A little cynical perhaps but still a valid depiction of one slice of life in America. The first American recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature, Lewis was also prescient enough in 1935 to write: “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”