Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Who in the world is Briar Rose?

Hello everyone! I've been wanting to start a book blog for a while now, and this is my first post. A brief introduction: I've been reading voraciously since the age of 5, and if I ever stop, it will probably be because I'm dead.

I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, as well as severe migraines, both of which are an ongoing adventure. I consider myself blessed to have a great family (including 3 beautiful nieces and 2 adorable nephews), too many friends to keep up with, a bookshelf full of books, and access to a public library.

I'm also a writer--of short stories and poetry mostly, and also of a few wretched novels when I was in my teens. I love writing, but have no illusions of being good enough to make a career of it. I would like to finish a novel someday, mostly just for my own sake.

I have a special love for young adult books, though I read quite a bit of adult literature as well. My favorite genres include science fiction, high fantasy, urban fantasy, historical, mystery, thriller, dystopian, steampunk, and many others. I am a Christian, so it's especially thrilling for me to find a well-written book that happens to also be Christian--Karen Hancock's ARENA comes to mind. I read books about, and aimed at, all different faiths and creeds, however. I'll read just about anything--including nonfiction--that catches my attention. The one genre that never catches my attention is straight-up romance. I can take romance in small doses combined with a good story, but romance being the story does not hold my interest at all.

I was raised by a single father, who is one of the kindest people I have ever known. I've been financially poor my entire life, so I tend to relate most easily to those in the working class and below.

And now that you know a little about me: on to the books! :)