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June 10th, 2006 (02:24 pm)

Current Mood: curious
Current Song: She Said by Brie Larson

I'm very pleased that this little blog of mine has been getting more attention recently. I feel as though it is has been reaching a wider audience now that I am posting more not only more frequently, but with an emphasis on fiction. Thanks to the Internet, especially LiveJournal and MySpace, I've been able to interview authors I admire and get in contact with other book bloggers. I am always happy to talk about books.

So who am I? I am an actress. I am a singer and a songwriter. I am a dancer and a choreographer. I am a writer. I am a freelance journalist, publicist, and webdesigner. I am a director and a playwright. I am a bookseller. I am a reader and a viewer. I am a daughter and a sister. I am a cat owner. I value literacy and I value communication, so I love many forms of storytelling. I enjoy books. I enjoy plays, television, and films. I love musicals. I love music.

A recent email inspired the remainder of this post.

I have been reading since the age of 2.

I read very quickly. I always have. Teachers did not believe that I could read an entire book in one class period, but I did. I read an average of one new book a day, more if the titles are juvenile or young adult.

My areas of book expertise are literature, classics, children's classics, contemporary children's books, and contemporary teen novels. My favorite genres are dramatic fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery.

My favorite novelist is Christopher Golden. He has written over a hundred books. I admire him for many reasons. He has accomplished what I hope to accomplish: write for various genres, ages, and types of media, and write well. My favorite Golden books are Body Bags, the first in the Body of Evidence mystery series, and The Boys are Back in Town, a horror novel that twists memories and time travel like nobody's business.

For a book to be on my list of all-time favorites, it has to be intelligent and well-written. If it is a fantasy, it must be imaginative. If it is dramatic fiction, it must be realistic. My favorite classic novels are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, the Anne of Green Gables octet by L.M. Montgomery, The NeverEnding Story by Michael Ende, Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. The most contemporary titles on my favorites list, in addition to the Golden books I mentioned earlier, are The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I list my favorite books, songs, authors, films, and more at my website Your Girl on my sources of inspiration page. My list of favorite books is also posted at Amazon Listmania!

My non-fiction interests are extremely geeky. I enjoy researching Ancient Egypt (yes, I like to read hieroglyphs) and I have a lot of interest in the history of and advances in mathematics and science. I also have contributed non-fiction articles and essays to newspapers and books. I still get excited every time an article of mine is published.

I cannot wait until my own novels, plays, and scripts are published and performed. Someday. Someday. I'm working on it.

GottaBook asked folks to post five reasons why they blog. Here are five from me:

  1. To share my love of reading
  2. To encourage literacy (to encourage others to read in general)
  3. To encourage others to read books I love
  4. To support amazing authors
  5. Because I love when people ask me for book recommendations!

Related Posts: The Meaning of Bildungsroman, My Interview at Seven Impossible Things, Booklist: Coming-of-Age Novels aka Bildungsromans


Posted by: Susan (burstoflight)
Posted at: June 10th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
{narnia} susan

Don't forget who one of your producers will be. ;)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 10th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)

Of course! :)

Posted by: Eileen (eiwrite69)
Posted at: June 11th, 2006 02:43 am (UTC)

this was a fantastic post! you sound absolutely brilliant and very cool..and i wish you great success with everything you are set out to do!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 11th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)

That was very nice of you to say. Thank you.

Posted by: Eileen (eiwrite69)
Posted at: June 12th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)

I generally just say what i feel ..which can be a bad thing but in LJ, i read a lot of writer's posts and yours are among the best.

You are entirely welcome!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 12th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)

:) Thank you again.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 11th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
Christopher Golden

I've had Christopher Golden on my "to read" list since you mentioned him earlier, but now that I hear that he's your favorite, I'm really going to have to move him up on my list. Because I do agree with lots of your other favorites (I'm reading The Book Thief right now, and maybe 20% of the way through, I kind of want to go back and start over to read it all over again).

Anyway, glad to hear that your blog has been getting lots of attention. It's definitely deserved.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 11th, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
Re: Christopher Golden

Forgot to say that the comment is from me:

Jen Robinson

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 11th, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)
Re: Christopher Golden

Hi Jen!

I happened to post more of a breakdown for some of his books earlier today at a community -


- but if you tell me what you're in the mood for (and if you want an adult book, a teen book, or a juvenile book, because he does them all!), I can tell YOU specifically which of his books should be your first read. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 11th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
Re: Christopher Golden

Thanks for the kind words, anonymous soul, and thanks for planning to read his books. Let me know what you think when you do.

The Book Thief is so fantastic. You want to go forward and keep reading at the same time that you want to go back and re-read previous portions.

Posted by: Miss Momoko (missmomoko)
Posted at: June 11th, 2006 07:24 am (UTC)
Smiling // Momoko // Plaster on nose

Awww! of course you'll do it all! you're a wonder woman!! I've always thought that about you. You've got so much ambition...There's no doubt about it... you will achieve this!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 11th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)

Thank you. :)

Posted by: Kiba (kibarika)
Posted at: June 11th, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)

Have you ever read His Majesty, Queen Hatsheput? It's one of my favorite books, and Hatshepsut is my favorite historical figure. If I believed in reincarnation, I'd think I was her.

She's way cooler than Nefertiti or Cleopatra.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 11th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)

I love that book! YES!

Posted by: Sarah Darer Littman (saraclaradara)
Posted at: June 11th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)

Hey I can't wait till your novels etc are published either!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 11th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)

Why, thank you.

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