I am E_bookpushers and I am addicted to books. I have to thank my mother for my addiction because one of my fondest memories involves bedtime stories. No, I am not talking about Dr. Seuss, Bernstein Bears or Madeline, those were daytime learn to read books, but I am talking about Tolkien, Richard Adams and Asimov… She also encouraged me to get my own library card as soon as I could write. I do not know what deal she struck with the local librarians but I was allowed to check out any book I wanted without any questions. If I read something I didn’t understand she allowed me to ask her, and she explained without embarrassment, shock, horror or disgust.
My first adult science fiction/fantasy book I read, she had checked out of the library and I thought the cover and title sounded interesting. Some of you have probable heard of it THE WHITE DRAGON by Anne McCaffrey. In fact the first adult romance I read was also my mother’s. Now this one I snuck because the cover to my young eyes was something people didn’t do outside in public. I mean a clinch with flowing hair and overflowing bosoms. That book was the hardback of A ROSE IN WINTER by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. I still re-read those titles on a regular basis along with Julie Garwood’s THE BRIDE, which happened to be the first romance novel I bought.
Thanks to my mother’s open mindedness I did not grow up a genre snob. While I tend to read and enjoy SF/F in its various permutations, romance and its sub-genres I also read and enjoy westerns, murder mysteries etc. If a book can capture my attention, spark my imagination; carry me into a different world/reality than I am willing to give it a try. So bring on your recommendations so I can update my TBR list.
I hail in Merry olde Englande, and I am totally addicted to books. My first real book that hooked me to the love of reading was The Neverending story, which I think is quite apt because my love of books is neverending. I can’t remember my first ever romance book, but I do know it was a Harlequin Historical and I soon got the bug and devoured most of the romances I could find in my library. Ever since then I am a voracious reader of Romance, UF, Paranormal Romance and YA. I also like to read fantasy and sci-fi (although I prefer them having a core romance or subplot). My all-time favourite authors are, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Tamora Pierce, Ann Aguirre, Nalini Singh, Linda Howard, Lisa Kleypas and J.D Robb.
I have also recently discovered and loved newbie authors like Thea Harrison and Veronica Roth, where I had that giddy feeling of discovering an auto-buy author, and it is a feeling I would love to experience again and again. I am also a geek who loves all things sci-fi and cult, and have an unfortunate ability to come across the brain bleach links (I really don’t go looking for these things – honest!). I hope my reviews will help to pass on the love of books that I have to others especially about the books and authors I love!
Hi, I’m Marlene and I’m a biblioholic. I fully admit that I’m addicted to reading. And caffeine. Not necessarily in that order. (Instant human, just add tea. Or Diet Coke) I currently live in Atlanta with my husband and the three cats who own us, but we are professional nomads. In the last 15 years, we’ve moved from Chicago to Anchorage (Alaska) to Tallahassee (FL) back to Chicago to Gainesville (FL) to Atlanta to Seattle to Atlanta. We used to have over 4,000 books. But we started the big switch to ebooks a few years ago, and I’ve become a major ebook advocate, so we’re down to 2,500. What do I read? I started with The Lord of the Rings and Star Trek and Pern, but now, I’ll read anything with a really good story.
I still love science fiction and fantasy (I get a membership in Worldcon every year just to vote on the Hugos!) but I also read mysteries, especially historical mysteries, and I love romance. But I really go for the things in the spaces in between, so science fiction romance, and urban fantasy and paranormal romance and steampunk absolutely float my boat. And I don’t just read great stories, I play RPG videogames like Final Fantasy and Dragon Age because I love being inside the story. And I’m not just an amateur book pusher, I’m a professional. I’m a librarian!