Who I Am:
I am a Storyteller and Youth Services Librarian, living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Among other things, I love stories–storytelling, books, movies, television, theatre–and I love to connect other people with stories that they will engage them as well.
My Taste in Stories:
My personal tastes are somewhat eclectic. I love folktales and legends. I often enjoy children’s books and young adult books as much as–or more than–grown-up books. I have a hard time choosing a “favorite genre,” but I tend to read and watch a lot of science fiction and murder mysteries. I am also drawn to humor–from witty word play, to sarcasm, to slapstick. If you show me a humorous sci-fi murder mystery, you’ve pretty much got me sold! But my favorite book in the world is actually historical fiction: Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief.
I also enjoy a well-performed audio book. My favorite audio recordings are Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, Stephen Fry’s fantastic reading of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, and the Hank the Cowdog books by John Erickson (which are actually more fun to listen to than to read–try them out on long family car trips!). I also enjoy graphic novels and graphic memoirs, but prefer those originally written in the graphic format; I’m not much of a fan of the “graphic classics” and similar adaptations.
And I love films. Film is a great vehicle for story, and that is why I include them in this “reader’s” advisory blog. Although some may call this blasphemy, I even think that film adaptations of books have the potential to be as good or better than the book itself–not that this is always or even usually the case.