I'm actually guilty of these sorts of lists myself! In fact, I just started a story with one, haha! I don't read very many "literary" novels, but I do read a ton of short fiction. I don't think I see an inordinate amount of lists, but I definitely see them. Raymond Carver does it a lot. What I like about it is that it throws you straight into the POV of the character. What the character notices can add quite a lot of depth to the POV and give insight into the current state of mind. That's exactly what I'm going for in my current story.