BookBlogWriMo. Book Blog Writing Month. Created by “Book Bumblings” as a book bloggers’ version of NaNoWriMo. I found it through “Shattered Hearts Reviews“.
Day Fifteen – Favorite Book Blogging Things
The Books, of course. I love to read. I like helping others, teaching others, giving great recommendations to others. While I don’t necessarily categorize myself as a “book blogger”, I like to think that someone will read my review of a book and find their next favorite book or avoid reading a piece of crap. I also like the occasional back and forth in blog comments about why a book was good or not.
Day Sixteen – Least Favorite Book Blogging Things
Finding/making the time to do it. I think I’ve already established my super-slackerness.
Day Seventeen – Favorite Book Tropes
While I really like deep, multi-dimensional characters, I am also quite fond of the stereotypes. I love a good fantasy with the haughty, law-abiding paladin, the sneaky rogue that the party doesn’t even know if they can trust, the bumbling gnome, the mighty moronic barbarian, the in-fighting between elves and dwarves, the wizard who can devastate and entire village with one fireball, but can’t fight off a kitchen rat. In the horror, realm, I still love a good classic vampire story where they are burned by sunlight, can be kept at bay by crosses, and the older vamps are always more powerful than the younger ones. I have no beef with the “our planet is dying, let’s take theirs” plot, or the search for a new Earth, or the “bug hunt” on one’s own ship. Of course, I don’t mind when stories branch out and try to make their own mark, or create their own interpretation of classics, either…as long as the characters are well-written and the story is good.
Day Eighteen – Favorite Subgenres
Fantasy – Pretty much any subgenre, including high, teen, urban, paranormal romance.
Horror – Mostly by author: Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Dan Simmons, George R. R. Martin, Poe.
Sci-Fi – Not the hard core sci-fi that gets into the weeds of how all the engines, drives, weapons, and such work. I don’t care about all that, I just want the characters and story to be good…like those of Robert Heinlein.
Poetry – Keats, Frost, Wojtanik (if you don’t know his work, you should check out his latest collection: Dead Poet…Once Removed).
Self-improvement – Fiction and poetry writing, leadership, management, motivation.