Friday, January 11, 2013

Reading Profile for My Reader's Advisory Class

I am an avid reader and my goal for 2013 is to read 120 books (last year I read 102 and the year before that 65!). My favorite genre is literary fiction, classic literature, fantasy, and horror and my least favorite genre is romance, specifically romance that is super cheesey and predictable.Currently I am reading The Diviners by Libba Bray (for a young adult book club with Dr. Irwin next Friday afternoon). Speaking of book clubs I am involved in 4, one of which I started with some of my friends from undergrad. Some other tid bits about me, I am a reviewer for Tyndale Press, Waterbrook Press, and The Library Journal (yay for free books!). The staff know me on a first name basis at Half Price Books because I come in so often to sell and buy books. I own around two thousand books (maybe more, I gave up counting), I have a serious book addiction. Here are some lists for your reading pleasure:
* Top 5 books I read in 2012 were:
1. Enchantments - Kathryn Harrison (historical fiction about Rasputin’s daughter – mesmerizing!)
2. A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness (a monster visits a boy as his mom’s cancer worsens – heart wrenching!) 
3. Killing Yourself to Live - Chuck Klosterman (pop culture look at dead rock musicians in the US – fascinating!)
4. The Watch - Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya (the conflict in Afghanistan through different perspectives – must read!)
5. American Gods – Neil Gaiman (finding the soul of America through old gods and new – simply stunning!)

* My Top 5 ALL TIME FAVORITE Books/Series:
     1. The Stand by Stephen King
     2. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
     3. The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
     4. The Hannibal Lector trilogy (prequel not included, it was crap!) by Thomas Harris
     5. Welcome to the Monkeyhouse by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.


  1. Erin have you heard of ShadowApe Theatre company? They are a local group of professional actors who get together every few years and do a summer play. They have done adaptations of different stories from Welcome to the Monkey House twice and are doing it again this summer at the Fringe Theatre. They do an AMAZING job and I highly recommend it!

  2. Oh my gosh thanks for that nugget of information! I will definitely have to check it out!!