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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

1984: 60th-Anniversary Edition (Plume)

1984 - George Orwell I've heard a lot about 1984 and Brave New World (by Aldous Huxley), and decided to read them.1984 was well-written. The plot, the characterizations, everything was well-constructed. In fact, it was so well constructed and written that it's final achievement, a pervading hopelessness and a sort of apathy-induced terror linger long after the final page is finished. It is, without a doubt, one of the most depressing books I have ever read. I gave it 4 stars because it is well-written and beautifully executed. I would give it 5 stars, if it weren't for the fact that it is such a depressing piece of literature, leaving one with a sort of desperate futility toward the outcome of power, politics, and the possible future imagined therein.If you enjoy social commentary, if you relish books that predict chilling futures and have unnerving parallels to reality as we know it, then this is the book for you.If, however, you prefer your fiction to be an escape and a pleasure, not a moral or political lesson, then avoid this book at all costs.