I was tagged by Norrie at Reading Under the Blankie. You can read all the fake rules at her place if you so care. She also credits the creator, so there is no need for me to. Not that I would anyway 😉
I’m busy and tired and some easy to do posts are saving my bacon right now.
1) What is your favorite genre
Fantasy, pure and simple
2) Who is your favorite author within said genre
Man, that is TOUGH! Brent Weeks springs immediately to mind. Ian Esslemont does as well. It probably helps that I’m in the middle of waiting for both of them to wrap up their current series and have been buying them in hardcover as they come out.
I would kill for a chin like that!
I think Weeks likes bacon more than I do
3) What is it about said genre that keeps pulling you back
Escapism. Fun, exciting action, convoluted plots, memorable characters, those all matter but it really comes down to escaping this current world for just 30-60min.
4) What is the book that started your love of said genre
I don’t know. I suspect that the Chronicles of Narnia had something to do with it, as my mom read those to me before I could read for myself. So the idea of books holding the fantastical within their pages has always been a part of my life. I suspect that by the time I was old enough to realize what genres were, I was already hooked.
This is the set my mother used
I do remember reading an excerpt from a collection of short stories that a friend of mine had borrowed from the library. It was about a young boy who learned some magic from his weird aunt and then saved his town from invaders by calling up fog and leading them astray. Years later I read the full novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, and loved it just as much.
I love that woodcut style cover
5) If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?
If it was a young person, I’d recommend the Hobbit. It is short, filled with everything you could want in a fantasy book (dragons, dwarves, orcs, wizards, humans, hobbits, etc), tells a fascinating story and has the added luck of being a standalone story that actually ties into a classic trilogy for when they are slightly older.
For a more mature reader, I’d go with either something by Brandon Sanderson or Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Shadow of the Apt series.
6) Why do you read
What a joke. Idiot thinking like this? That’s what’s destroying our world. You don’t get to be a Ranger or Special Forces or a SEAL because you think you can but because you actually CAN. And I don’t read 150+ books a year because I think I can but because I put in the hours to do so.
Because I enjoy it immensely. Not everyone is going to enjoy reading like I do, I understand that.
I also read because I’m an introvert and interacting with people wears me out. Reading helps me to recharge my battery so I don’t stick a fork through someone’s eye.
Reading also allows me to review and get these words out of my system. Unlike, say, Britchy, I don’t have a vast store of stories to amuse you all with. I have some, but I have to release them like a miser so I don’t run out 🙂 Reviews allow me to remember stories from my past, while creating current stories and it all comes together to be my memory.
So there we go. A nice little tag all wrapped up in a bow. I don’t tag people, as most of you know. I do encourage anyone who reads this to take it for themselves and use it for some of those dry times when writing a review just seems a bit much.