Day 1: Introduce yourself by telling us about five books that represent you as a person or your interests/lifestyle.
First off, let me take a quick moment to say hello! I’m Amanda, and I’ve been blogging now for eight years (as of yesterday!). I’m the sort of person who takes a prompt like today’s as a challenge, and I will attempt to tell you all about me and my interests using just five books!
1. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson: I read adult books and love fantasy, especially when it involves heavy character development, great world-building, lots of philosophy, and dynamic friendships. Additionally, I’m a writer who discovered Sanderson through National Novel Writing Month. As an author, he speaks about writing the same way I think of it, and does the same sort of cross-book referencing that I do, which I love! Furthermore, I’m interested in theology and psychology (especially related to trauma), both explored in the Mistborn series.
2. The Painted Veil by William Somerset Maugham: Classics are my first love and what drew me into bookwormhood. This one is filled with some of my favorites: travel, world cultures, self-discovery, theology, and psychology. Plus, I feel deeply connected to a very Slytherin-like character, as I am a fellow Slytherin!
3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: I also love to read YA, especially when there are fantasy elements involved. I’ve always enjoyed occult-related things, and have been reading tarot since long before I discovered this series. Plus, this is a book I became obsessed with, and read many times in a row (something I’ve termed “multi-reading,” and which appeals to me greatly!).
4. All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior: Only about 10% of my reading is made up of nonfiction, but I still enjoy it in moderate quantities. I especially like nonfiction I can related to on a personal level, like this psychological and sociological look at the struggles of modern parenthood. Being a mother of three and stay at home mom who couldn’t be further from the norm in either of those roles, I particularly connected with this book.
5. Firstborn by Lorie Ann Grover: Last but not least, I love to read books related to gender and sexuality. Being bisexual and agender myself makes both of these topics of particular interest to me, in addition to having many friends and family all along the gender/sexuality spectrum. I’ve been an LGBTQ-rights activist for most of my life, and used to run the LGBTQ reading challenge, back when reading challenges were a thing.
There you have it…and let’s just hope the rest of this week’s posts will be a bit more concise!! Ha! I’m a talker…