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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

God Against The Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism

God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism - Jonathan Kirsch This book was fascinating. It covered the decline of Hellenism and the rise of Christianity in ancient Rome, all the while examining the core differences between Hellenism and Christianity. Namely, that the polytheistic approach of Hellenism is essentially tolerant and kind (accepting of all beliefs and approaches to worship), while the monotheistic approach of Christianity is essentially rigid and intolerant (accepting of only one way to correctly worship and be blessed). I honestly didn't expect that when I picked it up. I thought it would be something anti-pagan listing all the reasons why monotheism triumphed. Instead it was a great read that focused on the historical elements of the rise of Christianity, debunked some pervasive myths and was just overall interesting.I 100% recommend this for anyone interested in theology or history.