1) Before I began my book blog, I was a big re-reader. I’ve read the Harry Potter books at least four times each. Ditto for The Millenium Trilogy, and James Ellroy’s “American Tabloid” and “The Cold 6000.”
2) Since I began blogging, I find myself reading a lot more non-fiction–biographies, history, political screeds, spirituality, etc.
3) I rarely like main characters. Until “Deathly Hallows,” I thought Harry Potter was a whining sack of crap, quite honestly. Somebody always had his back.
4) Accordingly, I am generally attracted to quirky characters. For example, my favorite Potter character is Luna Lovegood. I can totes see my 15 year-old self making-out with her in the Ravenclaw common-room, nargles be damned.
5) Sadly…I am a grammar Nazi. Nothing inflames my wrath more than stupid errors in a published work. (Seriously, send it to me first. I’ll proofread it for you!)
6) I get geeked when an author reads my review and responds. I’ve had some authors get really enthusiastic, and want to link to my blog from their website. That’s pretty cool.
7) Since I started book-blogging, I have read a wider variety of fiction. Before, I was reading a lot of YA books I could punch through in a night. It’s nice to read grown-up fiction again.
8) Most of what I read are advance copies–books that won’t be released for weeks or months. Every now and then, I like to take a break, and read a “classic.” I’ve reviewed books that won’t come out for five months, then I read “Lysistrata,” a truly funny play from 2000-plus years ago.
9) My friend Kelly is my book-blogging idol. She bangs out a book a day, and she always shows enthusiasm for what she reads. She roots for books to be good, and she often wants to be best-friends with some of the characters. KELLY is a reader, and my YA Maven. On Goodreads, I have a shelf called “Books Kelly Told Me to Read.” She has an excellent record. So thanks, Kel. 🙂
10) My favorite books to read are trade paperbacks. I like the way they fit in my hand, and the quality is such that I don’t end up with an inky thumb when I’m done.
11) That said, I’ve read 103 books so far this year, and only two were actual, palpable, paper books. The rest were just electrons in my Kindle or Adobe Digital Editions reader.
12) My only regret about reading so many e-books is that I miss the ritualistic act of handing a book to a friend and saying, “Read this!”
13) I’m sort of a language whore. Most books have similar narrative styles, which is fine. But somebody like F. Scott Fitzgerald or non-Catcher J.D. Salinger gets extra points for writing beautifully.
14) Even though I like YA, I swear that I don’t care how big the narratrix’s boobs are compared to her cool, cheerleader BFF. Seriously. Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia did not compare boobies whilst driving King Lear mad.
15) Like Kelly, I’m always rooting for a book to be good. I feel bad when I have to two-star somebody’s work.
That’s it for Day One. More inane blathering from me tomorrow. Happy Tuesday, y’all.