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mephistia

attempting obscurity

I mess around with writing, but deep down I'm pretty sure I'll never actually get published because I treat it like a hobby and not a passion -- I write when I have time, instead of making time to write.

 

When I read, I prefer YA sci-fi/ fantasy as my go-to fiction reads. I tend toward this genre because I read fiction as an escape from the daily drudge of life. YA sci/fi-fantasy usually has more upbeat/ hopeful endings, while adult fiction of any genre (except romance) tends to have more depressingly realistic endings. Sometimes I read romance novels, but I really prefer the type with plot/ character development between sex scenes, and I don't like having to hunt for them.

 

In non-fiction, I prefer history, biographies, psychology, gender studies, social/applied sciences, and law/ public policy.

Currently reading

Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps -- And What We Can Do About It
Lise Eliot
White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race
Ian F. Haney López

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Book 1 of the Millennium Trilogy (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson I don't normally read mystery/ crime books, but I decided to give this a go. Everyone is talking about it, and I was curious to see what the fuss was. Of course, last time I bowed to curiosity and read a much-discussed book, I found myself reading Twilight, which I still regret.This, though, is great. It took me a bit to get used to the someone choppy writing style -- and to be fair, that may have been more due to translation and ebook formatting issues -- but the book itself is great. Everyone is talking about how pro-feminist it is (which it totally is), but it's also very pro-mental illness. With Lisbeth, the stigmatization of being "other" is clearly highlighted and her role and rights in society as an "othered" person are very clearly addressed. I highly recommend this series to proponents of mental illness awareness and rights as well as feminists.There are some rape triggers in this series. If you're triggered by graphic and/or violent sexual assault, be aware that there are a few scenes in this series that deal with serious physical and sexual assault.