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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Radio Silence, A Solar Ocean

I love to read. When I read, it's almost as if the world goes silent, and all that's left is me and my book. I read almost anything, from teen urban fantasy to contemporary realism to whatever folks are calling it now. Mostly, I just say if it's a book, I'll read it. I don't promise to enjoy it, and I don't promise to finish it. But I'll read it. There's some books I refuse to read, and that usually because it's on a topic I don't agree with, or I already know the ending and I don't want to bother with a book where I don't like the ending.

My favorite books are the strange ones. Books like The Book Thief, where Death is a character and the writing is beautifully sad, and most of the book is told through observations that challenge how you can write a book (or at least challenge how I write a book). I like books like The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland (...), books written for a child but equally as readable by an adult. The Girl (...) is a beautifully written fairytale that I feel like I can enjoy, childish or not. It is for these reasons that I like books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a book so strange that I'm almost tempted to not like it, except that it challenges, and builds, and causes me to ask questions of myself. Even more so, though, it is because of this that one of my favorite genres is steampunk. Steampunk takes history and edits it, melding bits of past and future and creating a world that exists within our own. Lastly, I adore dystopian fiction because it just plain challenges. It makes me think about my world, and about the rules and ideas that are instilled in us, and it makes me wonder.

Not surprisingly, that pretty much describes me as a person. I like to think that the types of books a person reads can show somewhat of an insight into their character, and I think that's very true of me.


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