Since this is the first post to this book blog, and since I am too lazy (and you’d be too bored) to do a few introductory paragraphs, here are a few questions and answers about me, my book-reading habits, and this blog.
How old are you? Where are you from? What do you do?
I am 27, almost 28-years-old, from an undisclosed location in Oklahoma. I’ve done a lot of temporary work, and right now I am an assistant in the accounting department of a pretty sizable oil and gas company. But that’s just paying the bills. What I really love to do is write. I want to become published and eventually make it to the point where I can support myself fully with my writing.
What genres of books do you normally read?
I read young adult fantasy and science fiction, though I’m not so much into YA contemporary. I feel like I can’t connect to the characters as much anymore, being as old as I am. At least in SF/F, I can suspend my disbelief a little more since that’s not supposed to be realistic. I like adult stuff, too, and am more likely to pick up a romance or contemporary or “realistic” book if it is an adult book rather than YA. I like series. I like epic stories. I’m not so much into high fantasy (though I will read it) as I am urban fantasy and science fiction.
That is a tough one, to be honest. I don’t really have that many “favorite” authors whose books I will always pick up by rule. As for authors I’ve read over and over again? Well, I’ve read quite a bit by Jennifer L. Armentrout lately, because I find her books addictive. I don’t like everything about her writing style or her quirks, but I can read her books like they are candy. I like Richelle Mead a little better, though all I’ve read from her are the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines. Nalini Singh is an adult paranormal romance writer who I adore, though I’ve only read two books in her Guild Hunters series thus far (and loved them, and highly recommend them, by the way).
Favorite ever series.
There are so many! It isn’t a contest, but there are so many series that I just love, I feel bad about leaving them out. But my favorite ever series is, without a doubt, the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Everything about that series is so, so, so good. The plot, the action, the world, the romance (Peeta!), the implied social commentary… I could go on and on…
Favorite ever stand-alone novel.
This is a book I don’t think many people have heard of. I only gave it 4.5 stars on Goodreads, despite the fact that I just devoured it (I think I had an issue with the romance, mainly). But that book is Split by Swati Avashti which is about a teenager boy who escapes from his abusive father and goes to stay with his older brother, who escaped five years prior. That’s a one-sentence summary. The book is so gut-wrenching in the way it deals with the issue of domestic violence and child abuse, and my heart went out to these characters. I read it in a day. I remember, because my grandpa had broken his hip and I read it in the hospital while we were in the waiting room and he was in surgery for a few hours. I cried. I had to put it down a couple of times to walk around because I just couldn’t handle it. This is the kind of book that takes an emotional toll on you.
Who are some authors you believe to be overrated?
Well, keep in mind there are some authors who I love but who I know probably aren’t that great. So, hopefully, this doesn’t make anyone mad, but… John Green. I just have never been able to get into his books or characters. At all. Also, I see a lot of love for Cassandra Clare among book bloggers and vloggers but I’m not a fan, to be quite honest. Sorry!
Okay, on that same note… I know I gave The Fault in Our Stars four stars on Goodreads but it probably didn’t deserve that. I think I only gave it that many because I felt bad. I just…I felt that Gus was so pretentious and I couldn’t understand him as a love interest. Hazel Grace was okay, but not the greatest protagonist. Some of the aspects of the romance were just cringe-worthy. Making out in the Anne Frank house? No. No no no no no no no no. I’m sorry. That is just plain wrong. The cigarette thing Gus did made no sense at all. Anyway. It wasn’t that I hated the book but I just personally find it t one very overrated. Anyway, that’s the big one. I’m sure there are others, but I’ve talked too long at this point.
Okay, so what about some underrated books?
Well, there’s the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead, which started out slow but got better as it went along; it isn’t as good as Vampire Academy but I still think more people should be talking about it. Also, I really liked Allegiant even though it seems like everyone and their dog hated it and said it was the worst in the Divergent series. Same with Mockingjay, as well.
What book formats do you prefer?
Anything I can. I like having physical copies of the books I love, but I love my Kindle. I also listen to audiobooks because I work out and it’s fun to listen to a book while working out. I’ve found that there are certain books that are perfect for listening to; others, not so much.
What are you currently reading?
Right now, on audiobook I’m listening to Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison, which is an adult paranormal romance and wow! it is steamy. Oh goodness, Dragos….
I’m also reading Unwholly by Neal Shusterman, which is the second book in the Unwind series, a YA dystopia and it is so creepy and unique. In fact, I need to go read it now before bed, so: Good night!