Monday, August 28, 2006

Five little things that say a lot: My Reading Habits

1) My favorite genre is and has almost always been science fiction/fantasy.
2) I tend to devour a book in a very short amount of time, usually within a day or two.
3) I often miss details in my first reading of a book due to my desire to find out what happens next.
4) I reread favorites regularly, discovering new details, interpretations, and levels of meaning each time.
5) After immersing myself in a new world, I require some time to ease back into real life.

2 comments:

bubandpie said...

I'm the same way - I like re-reading best, especially if the book is suspenseful. I'm a suspense wimp, really - I used to read the last page first, and now if something gets too tense I skip ahead just to reassure myself that it all turns out okay. Right now one of my favourite things to do is re-read the Harry Potter novels. The first time through, I'm always a bit disappointed, so I enjoy the second read-through more.

What fantasy/sci-fi books do you recommend? Aside from HP, I've read Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin on hubby's recommendation, and I liked those.

Mouse said...

My favorite, favorite fantasy writer is Robin McKinley. Many of her books are retellings of fairy tales, and I love the way she fleshes the characters out. Most of the fairy tales and Damar books are aimed more at teenagers,* but they're so well written I still can't wait for new ones. She recently published her first book intended for adults, Sunshine. It's a quasi vampire/sci-fi/love story, probably a good pick for Buffy fans. I have just decided that I am going to reread it after my exam next week since I've only read it once at this point.

Rather than continue ad nauseam, I will probably post sometime soon about other authors I really like in this genre.

*Deerskin is likely intended for older teens. It's based on the fairy tale Donkeyskin, which is a little skeezy anyway. Her version is super intense, but riveting.