Who am I?
My name is Penny, I am twenty two, live in Lincolnshire and have an adorable hamster named Gus. Oh, and I like to read books. So much so that I have decided to start up this little blog to review and recommend books I have loved to other people.
What do I like to read?
Everything! Ok but seriously, I mostly read fiction, both adult and young adult, although I do enjoy the odd autobiography if it is a person or situation that I am interested in. I love fantasy, anything involving magic will usually appeal to me. Books with interesting magic systems particularly catch my attention as I love reading about different ideas for how magic works.If an author has thought out the capabilities and limitations of magic, and how and why it works and where it comes from I will be queuing up to read the book.
Dystopian novels are also a particular favourite, partly because I half believe that we will one day end up living in one and I like to be prepared, but mostly because of the imagination that it takes to create a whole new world and I love seeing where that imagination takes people.
Who are my favourite authors?
The first person to come to mind whenever I get asked this question is always Jodi Picoult. Just don’t ask me to pick a favourite of hers, I love each of her books for different reasons. Aside from her phenomenal writing and beautifully created characters, the reason that I love her books is that she does not shy away from any subject no matter how controversial. School shootings, the death penalty and the right to die are just some of the many topics her books have covered. To deal with them so sensitively and yet so honestly is a feat not many authors could manage.
J K Rowling needs a mention here, she of course brought us the magical world of Harry Potter which has become like a second home for so many people, myself included. Richelle Mead, Sarah Fine, and Rachel Vincent have written some amazing books involving supernatural creatures, from vampires to succubi to grim reapers. Kathy Reichs and Jeff Lindsay write great crime novels from both sides of the law. I will read anything written by K.C Wells or Cherise Sinclair. They can do no wrong in my eyes!
That was longer than I expected it to be and I think the list will continue to grow as I find more new authors to add to it or remember those I had forgotten about when writing the list.