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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

Johnny Tremain

Johnny Tremain - Esther Forbes I haven't read this in ages and ages, but I've been telling so many people about it lately that I figured I should just go ahead and put up a review.Johnny Tremain is, quite simply, one of my favorite books ever. It's among those beautiful childhood literary experiences that introduced me to my enduring love of historical fiction -- and not incidentally, to my love of history. It's through Johnny Tremain the events of the Revolutionary War first came alive for me, and through Johnny Tremain that I first learned concepts such as "apprenticeship." It's because of Johnny Tremain that I first realized that while actual time travel isn't possible, at least books can help me "witness" events and times I couldn't possibly see in reality.I read it so often as a kid that my copy of it -- which was the edition pictured above, a paperback version with an actual paper-style cover -- fell apart due to the frequent readings. I taped it together, but by the time I was 17, all the tape in the world couldn't save it's life. I bought a new copy, which I've read often enough that the spine is starting to show abuse and the pages are worn soft, but I haven't read it in 5 years or so.