I am a little bit of everything. I write, read like crazy, paint, sew, draw, cook, teach and practice yoga, gymnastics, Pilates, and an occasional senior weight training class. I love trying new things - including book genres. I am currently in school studying to become a licensed Dental Hygienist. Being in school, reading books that are not about teeth are an escape for me, where for a few moments I can visit another world and enjoy the fantasy of someone else's story.
As far as writing goes, I have four self-published novels: Escaping Fate, Twin Souls, Shaxoa's Gift, and Qaletaqa. My newest book, Inquest, is under contract with Briona Glen Publishing. As soon as the release date is pinned down I'll be sure to share.
My reading interests are as eclectic as my hobbies. My first love in books is Young Adult and middle grade. I still have a collection of books like Which Witch and The Enchanted Forest series on my bookshelf, and I love rereading them with my kids. I also enjoy thriller/suspense mysteries like The Romanov Prophecy, fantasies like The Mistborn Trilogy, dystopias like The Hunger Games, and I'll admit it, gushy, girly teen romances like Twilight.
What I look for in a great book is strong characters, a plot with no holes, and a captivating story. I can't stand stereotypical or "token" characters. Even side characters should have an element of depth and uniqueness. I don't like female characters that are pushy, loud, and overly tough, because that quickly gets on my nerves. Male characters should never be perfect, and if they have a secret, all the better. Plot holes, or plots that get lazy at the end and don't wrap up everything are a big pet peeve of mine. If I get to the end of the book and am confused and unsatisfied, it's very likely I won't read that author again. Storylines can be well thought out and intelligent, but if they don't pull me in quickly I get the urge to start skimming.
Having said that, I do not skim books. I have a strange compulsion to finish a book I start no matter how good or bad it might be. There is only one book I have ever not finished in my entire life. I bugs me still, but I've forgotten the name of the book, so it's hard to remedy that now. Have no fear that I won't finish a book that is sent to me. So, on to the reading!
About this blog...
The Edible Bookshelf is a place to share thoughts about the books you're reading, good or bad. I love to read, but I don't want to keep good books to myself. Not to mention, I don't want anyone else to have to suffer through a terrible book. Nobody wants that! I read fast, and I read a lot (although lately much of my reading is teeth related). Plus I write, which means I might be a little more critical than other readers, but I also read books for enjoyment. I don't like books with holes in the plot, story lines only put in purely for shock value, or token characters thrown in to appease critics. What I do like are books that have realistic characters that make me care about them and stories that pull me in to the point that I can't put them down. So here's a place to find out what at least one avid reader/writer thinks about the books you've been hearing about. I'll give you my honest opinion, take it or leave it. And if you have a book you've read, or one you want me to read, pass it along. Happy reading everyone!