In fiction, characters and relationships are most important to me. I want stories with realistic, flawed, but lovable characters. I like to see characters grow or overcome darkness/adversity. Time and setting are less significant. I enjoy fantasy, magic, and stories of family and friendship. I prefer books about strong woman written by women. Some of my favorites are “A Great and Terrible Beauty” by Libba Bray, “Her Fearful Symmetry” by Audrey Niffenegger, “Moxie” by Jennifer Mathieu, and “When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandhya Menon.
Especially in non-fiction, I like it when the details of everyday life are romanticized and celebrated. I read a lot of religious philosophy, such as Kierkegaard and C.S. Lewis. I like poetry and classics, especially Rainer Maria Rilke, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emmerson, and Virginia Woolf. I’m often drawn to personal essays and memoirs, like “Bittersweet” by Shauna Neiquist and “Girl Meets God” by Lauren Winner, and “Girls to the Front : the true story of the Riot grrrl revolution” by Sara Marcus.
As a member of the Kids & Teens Department, I try to read for a broad range of ages. I read middle-grade, teen, and adult material. I’m also way into audiobooks.
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