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.


9 thoughts on “Book Blogger Party: 1/14-1/17

  1. 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:

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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