In his NY Times critic's pick for the movie "Gattaca," A. O. Scott said, "the best science fiction...is extrapolated from contemporary anxieties and hopes." That pretty much sums up why I read. Good stories possess an imprint of their times, and I enjoy reading all the imaginative ways that authors weave their concerns into writing.
My favorite genres are fantasy, sci-fi, and fiction. I especially like stories that take place on the fringe of society, with characters that are often impoverished, outsiders, runaways, or deviants. As through a slanted looking glass, these stories show the world from a different perspective. Plus, they make for lively book discussions.
I also read for sheer enjoyment. Whether it's Napoleonic frigates broadsiding each other across the open seas, or a chance romantic encounter between lonely urbanites, a good yarn is hard to put down. Many of my selections aren't "high literature" but they're worthy of reading nonetheless.
Working at a library, I hear lots of people talking excitedly (or vehemently) about books they just read. It's one of my favorite parts of the job. If you'd like some readings recommendations, or have some to share, fill out the My Perfect Read Connector form and let's talk books.
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