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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

The Gauntlet Thrown (Gauntlet Trilogy, #1)

The Gauntlet Thrown - Cheryl Dyson I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was offered for free through the B&N Nook store, and I wasn't real sure if I'd like it -- she appeared to be a new indie author, the book was distributed through smashwords, and (in short) it had all the hallmarks of the type of book that is usually poorly written and poorly edited.Instead, it's . . . pretty cool. I mean, it's possible my rave review is in part a reaction to my (much, much) lowered expectations, but I really liked this book. I liked the plot, the characters, the description, the pacing. It's a typical fantasy plot, nothing innovative here, but the world building is just excellent. I love how she focuses on the friendship dynamics instead of the romantic entanglements. I love how she actually addresses things that happen when you're camping or trekking through the woods. I just love the book, and I'm still kinda surprised by that. I was expecting it to suck and it didn't.