5 Following

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 Tiger's Wife: A Novel

The Tiger's Wife - Téa Obreht This book blew my mind, especially when I learned that Obreht had not actually lived through or experienced life in the war-torn Balkans. It really reminds me of these quotes about truth in fiction:“A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth.” ― Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried“And in the end, of course, a true war story is never about war. It's about sunlight. It's about the special way that dawn spreads out on a river when you know you must cross the river and march into the mountains and do things you are afraid to do. It's about love and memory. It's about sorrow. It's about sisters who never write back and people who never listen.” ― Tim O'BrienHer voice is achingly lyrical, and weaves a dreamlike sort of reality that feels more authentic than an actual history or biography would. She pulls together the narrative beautifully, drawing all the different allegorical threads together to paint a delicate portrait of grief and strength and love and family.