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Story of my life. (photo from the paris review.)

Story of my life.
(photo from the paris review.)

I read.  A lot.  A few years ago I decided to make a Shelfari page and wound up adding over 250 titles to my library without even having to think hard about it.  I didn’t even glance at my shelves… and I know that was just the tip of the iceberg.  I have so many books it’s absurd.  I mean, I do have a degree in English and I did work as a high school English teacher, but still.  Canadian Bacon likes to harass me about getting rid of books.  Whenever he does so, I threaten to divorce him.  Most of these books were in my life before he was, after all!

Q:  Who is your favorite author?
A:  Tamora Pierce, hands down.  I love all of her Tortall books and I also enjoy the Circle books.  I have had the privilege of meeting her and she is a lovely lady!

Q:  What sort of books do you like to read?
A:  Since I read so much academic and scholarly stuff for school, for funsies I like to read Young Adult novels.  I find them more relaxing and easier to parse through while still generally having an engaging and thoughtful story.  I am a particular fan of dystopians, having become obsessed in high school with Lois Lowry’s The Giver, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

Q:  What are your favorite books?
A:  I always recommend Tamora Pierce; like I said, she’s my favorite author.  Start with the Alanna quartet, specifically Alanna: The First Adventure.  I also really love the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima (begin with The Demon King) and Kristin Cashore’s Graceling trilogy.  These are all fantasy series that have a few things in common: they’re YA, they star strong, female characters, and they generally address often-taboo topics like birth control.  For the same thing but sci fi, you can’t go wrong with Dan Wells — either his Partials sequence or the Mirador trilogy.

I am also waiting painfully for George R.R. Martin to finish The Winds of Winter and I am very sad that HBO’s Game of Thrones series will likely end before the books.

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter will always hold a special place in my heart (Slytherin represent!!!), as will Anne McCaffrey’s The Dragonriders of Pern and Tara K. Harper’s Wolfwalker series.

To this day, nothing can unsettle and terrify me like Stephen King’s unabridged version of The Stand.

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