Saturday, October 25, 2014

On Meeting Authors

I've met a few authors so far in my life. I say "so far" because I hope to meet SO many more. One of the things about being an avid reader is having a multitude of authors you want to meet. I pretty much just want to meet every author who wrote anything on my bookshelf.

A few years ago, Kristin Cashore came to a college in my area to read from her book, Graceling, and talk about writing. I had never read Graceling (gasp!) but I went anyway. And I really liked what I heard of it that day, and I liked what I learned about Kristin Cashore--she's so intellectual and sophisticated!--and so I went home with signed copies of Graceling and its sequel, Fire. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Year (So Far) In Books

This morning, I finished Sara Shepard's The Perfectionists. I've been writing down the books that I read all year, so when I went to log this book... I realized it was the 150th book I've read this year. 150 books! So I looked back at some of those 150 books. And I was surprised to find that I remember why/where/when I read a lot of these.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Books Make Me Cry

I think there are two types of people in this world: those who cry while reading books and those who don't (Of course, there are people who don't read books at all, but let's not talk about them now. That's another story). I fall into the first category. I don't cry at every single book I read, but if it's sad, or full of any emotion really, I'll break out the tissues.

I don't particularly like watching sad movies. I'll watch them, and I'll like them more often than not, but I don't usually pick a movie to watch by asking, "Which one will make me bawl?" I don't even listen to sad music a lot (it does happen, though). However, if I see a book about a girl whose dad is sick and she has to move away from all her friends and she gets cyber-bullied and her dog also dies, I'll probably read it.

(I'm going to try to keep spoilers out of this post, but be warned, they might sneak in. Spoilers are like that, you know.)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

All the Genres

Until recently, I was strictly a young adult reader (except for the occasional classic or the children's books when I was... a child). But this summer, I've really gotten into a lot of different genres. I've especially come to love graphic novels, and there are some fantastic adult books that I've found, and I just got a book of essays from the library... I'm so happy that I read a variety of books now. And I know that I have so many other things to read. The options are endless and intimidating, but also really exciting.