Book Blogger Party: 1/14-1/17

I’m linking up with the Book Blogger Hop again, hosted by Crazy-for-Books.

This week’s question:

“Why do you read the genre that you do?  What draws you to it?”

I read from several genres: contemporary fiction, historical fiction, memoir, fantasy and young adult. My favorite genre is YA fantasy. I think I’m drawn to read and write in this genre because I’ve never fully grown up. Yes, I’m in my early thirties and I’m a wife and a mother. But, when I look in the mirror, I’m often surprised not to see my sixteen-year-old self staring back, but a woman with fine lines at the corners of her eyes. I suspect I’ll still feel this way if I live to be eighty.

I love fantasy, imagining creatures and realms outside my experience: dragons, selkies, hidden kingdoms and especially faeries. My mother read a lot of fairy tales to me when I was little, usually the undiluted often sad versions, instead of the Disney retellings. As a child, my favorite was Hans Christian Anderson’s Thumbelina. When I was eleven, I read C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and fell further in love with fantasy.

Lately, I’ve been drawn to steampunk which is probably more science fiction than fantasy.  I think I started liking steampunk several years ago when I read Wells’ The Time Machine. Recently I’ve read Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker. I hope to publish my own steampunk novel someday.

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9 Responses to Book Blogger Party: 1/14-1/17

  1. Growing up is so over rated. I love YA because it’s such an escape and it’s so easy to relate to because we’ve all been there.

    Happy Hop Day!

  2. Hopping by…I was drawn to your blog title, and now that I’m hear, I’m captivated by the lovely images in the header and the cover on the book you wrote!

    I don’t usually read fantasies, although I have occasionally dipped into that stream. But I did (and do) love fairy tales and also do not feel my age. I can’t believe the mirror image sometimes, either. LOL

    Here’s my post:

    http://curlupandread.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/book-blogger-hop-1-14-to-1-17/

  3. Jo says:

    I read just about everything, although the last few books I really enjoyed were YA fantasy. Give me a good story, and I’m ready to read! :) Happy Hopping!

  4. Here I am hopping on by…

    I went all over the map with this question on my blog. I read and enjoy almost every genre of fiction out there. There’s no way I could just pick one.

    So I talked about all of them. Even romance fiction (sort of)! I invite you to hop over to my blog at http://www.howardsherman.net and see for yourself.

    Howard A. Sherman

    http://www.howardsherman.net

  5. Jenni Elyse says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m the same way too. I’m in my early thirties and I have a hard time thinking of myself as a woman. I always think of myself as a young woman something that doesn’t connote the word old. I think I’ll always be like that too.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Hi, I was also drawn to your blog title. Kudos!
    Hey, I am fifty and still love YA. Plus, I have no inner child.
    Hope you’ll come by- I am featuring Laura Anne Gilman all weekend to celebrate her new book, Pack of Lies. There is a US/Canada giveaway from Laura Anne.Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
    email: steph@fangswandsandfairydust.com
    twitter: @fangswandsfairy

  7. Madigan says:

    I couldn’t agree more. This is my favorite genre, too.

    Steampunk has been poised to be the “next big thing” for a very long while. I think all we need is a movie, or tv show to push it all the way over the edge, and then steampunk will become mainstream popular. Steampunk could be the new vampires. Yeah! I said it!

  8. Kristin C. says:

    Hopping by!
    Stop by and say hi if you get a chance!
    Kristin
    MyBookishWays

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