I’m currently a graduate student in microbiology; in college I studied biology, creative writing, and French. I love glass-fronted bookcases, textured bookcovers, and the smell of yellowed paperbacks or glossy full-color pages.
I grew up on fairy tales, mythology, and The Hobbit, so fantastical fiction will always be my first and true love. I’m a sucker for the weird and Gothic, massive short story collections, comics and manga, and anything involving vampires. One of my current ambitions is to read and collect the entire works of Tanith Lee.
I don’t often talk about poetry here, but I do love it. Some of my favorite poets are Seamus Heaney, Rainer Maria Rilke, Emily Dickinson, W. B. Yeats, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Wislawa Szymborska, Sarah Arvio, and Edward Thomas.
Take older ones with a grain of salt, please.
Growing up, my fantasy ‘canon’ was Meredith Ann Pierce, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Patricia McKillip – specifically and respectively, the Darkangel Trilogy, The Lord of the Rings (duh), and Winter Rose.
Other influential books are Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Gérard de Nerval’s Aurélia, and Tanith Lee’s works.
The books that I most frequently re-read, apart from the above, include Elizabeth Marie Pope’s The Perilous Gard, Barry Hughart’s Bridge of Birds, Robin McKinley’s Sunshine, Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom series, just about all of Sarah Waters’ works…