June has been a great reading month for me. I'm participating in the Victorian Celebration, and having so much fun with that. And when I haven't been reading books, well, I've been watching all the adaptations of Jane Eyre I could find!
Here's what I'm currently reading:
After Dark, Wilkie Collins, collection of mystery short stories, 1856
The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald, children's fantasy 1883
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, classic, 1847
Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties and Roots, by J.C. Ryle (unabridged, but I like the abridged cover better) theology, 1879
Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor by R.D. Blackmore, classic, 1869
Here's what I *just* finished reading:
Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, classic 1862
The Dead Witness: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories, edited by Michael Sims, collection of mystery short stories by various writers, 2011
The Long Earth. Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, science fiction, 2012
Becky from Becky's Book Reviews and and Operation Actually Read Bible. I love reading. Always have, always will.
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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).
I also review adult books.
I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)
I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.
Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
multicultural books and international books
I am not a fan of:
dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood
I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.
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