We all love to read, to talk about reading and to share recommendations. We hope to expand our circle of sharing through this blog. Join us! What are you currently reading? What is your favorite author? What is your all-time favorite book?
Archivist Prime: While I’m a voracious reader of many topics and genres, my main areas of interest have always been biographies, science fiction, and comics & graphic novels. My favorite authors include the likes of Jules Verne, Piers Anthony, Peter David, Jim Butcher, and Ian Fleming. I also love pulp and adventure heroes like The Shadow, Flash Gordon, and James Bond and devour anything I can get my hands on. As a general rule my tastes tend to reflect my boundless love of many of the shows, cartoons, and music of the 70s and 80s.
In comics I like a lot of Marvel and DC, although these days I’m not very current and tend only to dabble in them. Lately I find myself less interested in ongoing series and reading a lot of graphic novels, miniseries, and “one and done” stories. Avengers, Iron Man, Green Arrow, and Batman are “evergreen” favorites of mine, but it’s also easy to sell me on space adventure stories and anything that appeals to my previously-mentioned loves.
BiblioMecha: Your friendly neighborhood nerd/ reference librarian!
I have a passion for books, movies, and comics, as well as Star Wars and giant robots.
I’m the daughter of a bookworm, so you will usually find me reading something- any graphic novel under the sun, history books (especially on lesser-known events!) and Margaret Atwood. Really, when it comes to what I read, my answer is simple: Whatever interests me. I am my father’s daughter, after all!
In addition to books, I love film. I like anything from blockbusters to 1920’s German science fiction fare. To no one’s surprise, I’m a huge fan of the Criterion Collection. So if you have a movie question, I’m your gal!
When I’m not at work or consuming media, I’m usually at the gym, walking around Boston, or at an anime/comic convention. Who knows? I may wear cosplay to work in October!
The Detective: I’m an avid reader of fiction, science fiction, mystery and poetry. I grew up reading Garcia Marquez and Borges and fell in love with magic realism. I also love reading the classics.
Later in life I was attracted to the works of Chuck Palahniuk and Douglas Coupland who I still adore. Right now I’m reading a lot of cozy mysteries and thrillers . I guess we all go through phases where we have different favorite authors which doesn’t meant we stop loving our older favorites. I love David Lynch, Cameron Crowe and Paul Thomas Anderson films too. I’m really all over the place because I enjoy pop culture.
Luckily I don’t have to choose anymore because I get to enjoy everything from the whimsical to the serious and dark.
I think you can always find something new in a book when you re-read it, maybe it’s because of a new perspective but I love the feeling of going back there (time permitting) and immerse myself in a book that I haven’t read in a while and find a hidden detail. Maybe because we are always changing/evolving, we don’t see the books in the same way every time.
I’m a true believer that a great book (just like a great song or a great movie) can change your life and there is no truer pleasure than reading.
Lax Literarian: I am an expert in Young Adult fiction, including Dystopian and fantasy literature. You can often find me in the YA stacks perusing new books. I also enjoy adult fantasy and historical fiction (when I’m in the mood for it). I love to read different authors’ takes on historical events, especially if they have a magical or supernatural twist.
Some of my favorite writers include Sarah J. Maas, author of the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series; Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series; and V. E. Schwab, author of This Savage Song, Vicious and the A Darker Shade of Magic series.
Poly-Morpheus: My reading tastes run to mysteries, fantasy, and non-fiction in specific areas of interest.
The mysteries I most enjoy are ones with science underpinnings (forensic science, archaeology, anthropology) and “cozies”. So among my favorite authors are Kathy Reichs and Aaron Elkins (both forensic anthropology authors), Margaret Coel and Dana Stabenow (Native American protagonists), and others. I liked the early Patricia Cornwell books, but eventually I found them too dire, and stopped reading her. Same thing with Jonathan Kellerman. (But for readers who like their suspense and a good fictional thrill, they are both excellent writers!)
In fantasy (and some “hard core” sci-fi, as well) I love interesting, unfamiliar scenarios with relatable characters and novel plots. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, I enjoyed “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (by Ransom Riggs) and “The Night Circus: A Novel” (by Erin Morgenstern). Most good fantasy has some darkness that can be unhappy to read, but most of the time the “good guys” win! And it is intriguing to me to see how the imaginations of outstanding fantasy writers work — worlds of wonder I never could have come up with!
Non-fiction I read for interest, education, and self-improvement, so that category might include works on healthy eating and living, financial management, crafts, and various aspects of science. I am a gardener, so I like plant books and things like “All New Square Foot Gardening” (by Mel Bartholomew). I am a crafter, so I enjoy books on beading and papercrafts, among others. So many books, so little time!!
The Professor: As an avid reader, I read for so many different reasons: to learn something new, to escape, to recapture childlike wonder, to immerse myself in someone else’s reality, to get a better understanding of another culture, or gender, or age, to appreciate the poetic possibilities of language, etc. etc…
Some (and by NO means all) of my favorite authors are Polly Horvath, Kate Dicamillo, Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, Reza Aslan, Alan Lightman, Mary Roach, Joseph Ellis, Lesley Hazelton, Kurt Vonnegut, John Steinbeck, Emily Dickenson, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Nicole Kraus, Shakespeare, Italo Calvino, Jonathan Safran Foer, Yann Martel, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Robert Frost, Catherynne Valente, Billy Collins, Margaret Atwood, Jostein Gaarder, Charles Yu, Neil Gaiman, Tea Obreht, Alain De Botton, Julia Stewart, and Jared Diamond.
Silvertongue: I love reading adventures, nonfiction, literary fiction/award winners and books that give me a new look at the world. I also like books with strong voice or a unique premise. I’ll read from the children, teen or adult collections, and I prefer a variety of perspectives.
The Source-ress: I love reading mysteries, but not of the gory, existential, dark variety. Not of the fluffy, poorly written variety either. I love great stories, with well developed characters whom I would like to know. I read somewhere that people like mysteries because they are reassuring in a chaotic, confusing world; good conquers evil, things happen for a reason, questions are answered, and wrong doers get their just deserts. In fact, I find I rarely remember the solutions to mysteries I particularly loved. It’s more typical for me to get so involved with the characters, I remember their names and lives, but not their authors’ names. Good thing library catalogs are online and can be searched with keywords!
I have to also admit to loving almost all things related to Jane Austen. I can’t defend that preference, except to assert her characters are memorable and her writing is beautiful. I’m not obsessed, however. I never noticed, for instance, that The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was really a re-working of Pride & Prejudice until my daughter pointed it out to me. Nor can I be bothered to read Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, even though the concept amuses me.
I have very little time to read for fun. So when I sit down with a book, I want to be transported and uplifted. Real life is sad and tragic enough; I don’t feel like reading about it. I especially love finding series with characters I really enjoy. Sometimes, after reading most titles in a great series, I put off reading the last book – saving it up for when I need a special distraction.
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Widget Grrrrl: My tastes run toward fantasy and sci-fi, although I am not above a good fiction read. I love dystopian novels such as The Road, Handmaid’s Tale, Hunger Games, and Eternity Road.Classic fantasy novels such as The Lord of the Rings, Mists of Avalon, and Game of Thrones certainly sparked my love of that prolific genre. Anything by the lyrical Guy Gavriel Kay. And works like Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, Dune, Stephen R. Donaldson’s Gap series opened my eyes to innovative new worlds.
But sometimes I enjoy more popular fiction such as Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Memoirs of a Geisha, Never Let Me Go, California, Cloud Atlas, and The Night Circus
Oh, and don’t forget magical realism. Anything by Alice Hoffman. She’s such an evocative writer.
These are only a few, of course. Since I work at a library, I am privileged to see countless wonderful books daily. A really nice perk! 🙂