I really love to read fantasy (e.g., Harry Potter by JK Rowling; The Old Kingdom Trilogy by Garth Nix) and dystopian fiction (e.g., The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; Red Rising by Pierce Brown), particularly those within the young-adult age group. I also like fairy tale retellings, particularly those with a modern twist (e.g., Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman; The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer). Asides from my main interests, I also enjoy light science-fiction that’s not too full of jargon and paranormal thrillers.
I like characters that have a strong voice, and I particularly like female characters who are 3 dimensions (neither “strong” nor “weak”, but human). I do tend to lean more towards the kick-ass females though. I enjoy romance so long as it’s not too heavy. I’m not into the whole traditional romance novel scene, however, if the romance is mixed in with some fantasy or within a dystopian society, I’m a sucker for it. Just be warned that I do have a low threshold for cheesy, cliched moments.
I really love young adult fantasy or science fiction novels (e.g. The Old Kingdom Trilogy by Garth Nix, The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley) as well as children’s fantasy novels (e.g., Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling, The Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney). I love fairytale re-tellings (e.g. Beauty by Robin McKinley, Beastly by Alex Flinn). One of my special interests is where any of these also happen to contain LGBT characters, plot, anything (e.g. Ash by Malinda Lo, anything by Megan Derr). Probably unsurprisingly, I am also a huge comic and graphic novel fan, anything from Marvel/DC to manga. Other random interest includes mysteries (Cuckoo’s Calling by Roger Galbraith) and anything paranormal (e.g. In the Forest of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes), which can both range to the adult reading level. Lastly in the fiction area, I am a huge sucker for Shakespeare.
I will also read some non-fiction. This can have some sort of relevance to literary characters or authors, or even collections of information (e.g. How to Kill a Vampire: Fangs in Folklore, Film and Fiction by Liisa Ladouceur, Doctor Who: The Vault: Treasures from the First 50 Years). I will also read true crime novels, as when I am not blogging I am a Forensic Psychology Researcher.
Like France, I love strong female characters. I tend to favor anything where the females are kicking butt, and if there is any cross dressing that is a bonus. Unlike France, I do not care for anything with too much romance. Love triangles, and the plot where the main story focuses on a couple getting together are not for me.
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