Guys. GUYS. I may have accidentally taken on a shitload of new contributors.
O WELLS, more awesome content for you guys!
Thanks to everyone who applied, whether you made the final cut or not. I had some really tough decisions . . . and in the end, I had to turn away a few awesome people because I wasn’t sure how many contributors I could manage at once. If this blog goes spectacularly down in flames due to me having bitten off more than I can chew, just remember that I did it to make the blog more awesome for you guys!
One thing I do need to announce before I tell you who the new people are going to be, though. Get ready. It is a sad thing.
Amy has decided that it is time to move on from writing for IB. I KNOW. We will all miss her. You can still find her over at her own site, Lucy’s Football. In honor of Amy, we are officially retiring the Death Match format, since she created it but will no longer be here to write them. We wish you all the best in your new writing endeavors, Amy!
But now! Without further ado, let’s hear from the newest Insatiable Booksluts!
Website/blog: Postcards from La-La Land
Twitter handle (if you have one): @NerijaS
Favorite book(s): the Unicorn Chronicles quartet by Bruce Coville, Castle Waiting vol. 1 and 2 by Linda Medley, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech… there are more, but Susie mentioned something about conciseness…
One book that you’d recommend to anybody, and why: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, because she makes the political and religious history of Iran more accessible by explaining it in graphic-novel form. She also shows how ordinary Iranians live day to day, even under an oppressive regime — i.e. they are not just a faceless mass of victims to be pitied. They’re human beings with differing views and lifestyles: traditionalist, non-traditionalist, religious, secular, in agreement with the regime, subtly defiant, openly defiant… and she shows all this through a very personal, and even humorous lens.
Your favorite meme: My current favorite is “Honey badger [verb] what/if/when/how [pronoun] wants!”
Any hobbies that aren’t reading: Playing Mahjong Trails on Facebook, going for nature walks…I want to take up scuba diving, but that’s not happening until I get in better shape. And that’s not happening until I convince myself to quit playing Mahjong Trails and go to the gym or something.
One thing you’d like for us know about you: There is now one month and 25 days until the U.S. premiere of Sherlock season 3. Thus, I might go into giddy fangirl mode more often as it gets closer (you are most likely to witness this on Twitter or Facebook). On a related note, I am going to have a very hard time not going into said mode (with the volume control turned up a few notches) when Bilbo and Smaug are onscreen together. And every time Smaug speaks. Just a fair warning in case we somehow happen to be in the same theater.
Name: Tess Burton
Twitter handle (if you have one): @tesscatiful
Favourite book(s): This year? World After by Susan Ee, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon…I could go on…
One book that you’d recommend to anybody, and why: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Because John Green.
Your favourite meme: Either Grumpy Cat or Misunderstood Spider. Oooh and Slenderman and Ermahgerd girl! Inglip! Nicholas Cage! All of the memes!
Any hobbies that aren’t reading: Writing, scrapbooking, cooking, collecting weird things, spending far too much time on YouTube…
One thing you’d like for us know about you: My posts run the risk of being fairly Brit-centric (gotta represent!).
Name: Samantha Owens
Twitter handle (if you have one): @sowensphoto
Favorite book(s): The Shining, Northanger Abbey, To Kill a Mockingbird, Cat’s Eye
One book that you’d recommend to anybody, and why: Northanger Abbey. It’s a much better introductory Austen book than Pride and Prejudice in my opinion. It makes fun of gothic romance and makes me laugh out loud at more than one occasion.
Your favorite meme: Hyperbole and a Half “X all the Y!” READ ALL THE BOOKS!
Any hobbies that aren’t reading: photography, writing, Blizzard games, wining and dining my way around Napa Valley (funds allowing), and sleeping. (Sleeping’s a hobby, right?)
One thing you’d like for us know about you: I’m kind of shy at first, but once I start talking you might not get me to shut up.
Website/blog: The Upstairs Window
Twitter handle (if you have one): @socomeslove
Favorite book(s): Slaughterhouse-Five, She’s Come Undone, A Prayer for Owen Meany
One book that you’d recommend to anybody, and why: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. It’s beautifully written and incredibly powerful, and it’s accessible enough for younger readers but complex enough for adults. I loved it, my bookish friends loved it, my non-bookish mom loved it. I feel comfortable suggesting it to pretty much anyone who asks me for a recommendation.
Your favorite meme: Grumpy Cat
Any hobbies that aren’t reading: Writing, people-watching, and getting my money’s worth out of my Amazon Prime membership
One thing you’d like for us know about you: If Burt’s Bees ever stops making their minty lip balm, I will become a recluse and pine way until I am a shadow of my former self.
Website/blog: The Museum of Joy
Twitter handle (if you have one): @JerichaSenyak
Favorite book(s): The Man Who Was Thursday, a 1908 detective novel about anarchists, poets, and God. It is a perfect book, and anyone who disagrees can meet me on the duelling field at dawn. Bring your seconds.
One book that you’d recommend to anybody, and why: Oh, The Man Who Was Thursday, of course — for the simple reason that your ability to appreciate it to a large degree defines how well we’re going to get along. (Oh, you meant a book I’d recommend for other people’s enjoyment? Um. Come back to me when you’ve asked everyone else.)
Your favorite meme: Possibly Rule 34e (a subset of Rule 34: if you can think of it, there’s bad erotica about it), because true. Speaking of which, Because Noun is now a real thing, apparently, because linguistics.
Any hobbies that aren’t reading: trying not to overexercise my snark muscles on white people on the internet who still think other people’s cultures are viable costume ideas. Failing to finish my novel. Attempting to convince innocent bystanders that they really, really want to know some true facts about the history of bellydance. Making ridiculously tiny and ridiculously large things out of bits of paper. Obsessively eating artichokes.
One thing you’d like for us know about you: The sarcasm’s all a front for my giant quivering marshmallow heart.
Website/blog: shortygetdown.blogspot.com (My Short Story Blog)
Twitter handle (if you have one): @KCoWrites
Favorite book(s): The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
One book that you’d recommend to anybody, and why: Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. It’s about how to write but mostly about how to free yourself from the damning pressures of perfection.
Your favorite meme: As in French grandmother? My grandmother was half-French so I’ll go with her.
Any hobbies that aren’t reading: I quit Facebook a month ago so now I have more time for these entirely scholarly pursuits: puzzles, running, yoga, Netflix, online Bingo, online Monopoly.
One thing you’d like for us know about you: I get defensive when people talk about New Jersey and gluten-free diets.
Name: Kate Sherrod
Website/blog: Kate of Mind and also Sonnet Stories – the first is my cultural reportage rambling, the second is my new experiment in daily sonnet writing with the twist that this time they’re NARRATIVE! Short stories as sonnets! A different genre every day of the week! What could possibly go wrong? Er, don’t answer that.
Twitter handle (if you have one): @KateSherrod
Favorite book(s): Foucault’s Pendulum (Umberto Eco), The Gold of the Tigers ( poetry by Jorge Luis Borges), Nostromo (Joseph Conrad), Landscape and Memory (Simon Schama). Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color (Philip Ball), Cryptonomicon (Neal Stephenson)… I should probably stop.
One book that you’d recommend to anybody, and why: Cryptonomicon, because it explores in the most entertaining way possible so many different things that have shaped our current culture, through dual narratives set in the sort-of-present (late 90s/early 2000s anyway) and in World War II. And it’s incredibly quotable and that way you’ll know what I’m talking about way more often than you do now.
Your favorite meme: Meh. I’m sick of those, mostly. They seem lazy.
Any hobbies that aren’t reading: Hiking with lots of stops to look at insects and birds and wildflowers, cooking/gardening/canning, writing sonnets and sometimes prose fiction, listening to classical music at unreasonable floor vibrating volume, narrating creepy short stories for podcasts, Twitter.
One thing you’d like for us know about you: I wrote at least one geeky pseudo-Shakespearean sonnet every single day in 2009 and 2010, posted them all to a blog (suppertimesonnets.blogspot.com). Some of them have been used to promote Shark Week at Discovery Space, as teaching aids in Belgian university classrooms (well, one) and a scattering of American public schools and one even got read on George Hrab’s Geologic Podcast. My standing record for sonnet composition is two minutes, 25 seconds, just under Christopher Tietjens’ record in Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End. Except I’m a real person, yo.
Name: Nikki Steele
Website/blog: www.bookpairing.com (just think booze and books)
Twitter handle (if you have one): @bookpairing
Favorite book(s): Hell. Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. The Secret History by Donna Tartt. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Then again, these change monthly.
One book that you’d recommend to anybody, and why: I honestly think you can put any Ray Bradbury book into a person’s hands and they’ll find a certain bit of delight. They’re also unfussy and accessible at first glance, but then packed with ALL of the emotions as you dig in deeper.
Your favorite meme: Um Lawyer Dog representin’. The internet may be made of cats, but snarky dogs always win. Totally Team Dog over here.
Any hobbies that aren’t reading: I do things that don’t involve books! Cast iron skillets are my main jam in the kitchen, but then I’ve got a garage full of home brewing equipment, a closet filled with hiking supplies, and a laptop of half-finished stories. (And alliteration. Can that be a hobby? What about just, like, booze? As a hobby?)
One thing you’d like for us know about you: I once went to a fortune teller to hear about my past life. I “learned” that I had been a poor Russian midwife in the 19th century. This story has no bearing on my actual life, except for the fact that my friend who also went was told that she had been a beautiful Aboriginal princess. Why? Why Russian? Why poor? I wonder, did that fortune teller see some sort of yearning in me for placenta? I’m still not sure.
Website/blog: Between the Covers
Twitter handle (if you have one): @Between_Covers
Favorite book(s): The Handmaid’s Tale and Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series) by Douglas Adams, and a whole slew of others.
One book that you’d recommend to anybody, and why: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series) — it’s hilarious, easy to read, and if you haven’t read it by now, you’re seriously missing out.
Your favorite meme: I don’t really get into internet memes. I don’t pay enough attention, really.
Any hobbies that aren’t reading: Dancing, listening to music (I’m a Hip Hop Head of sorts), participating in the awesome Watch/Drinkalongs on Friday/Saturday nights with my internet peeps
One thing you’d like for us know about you: I have a total aversion to belly buttons. I don’t like mine touched, I don’t like to see other people’s touched (or just see them, period), and I can’t stand the thought of myself or anyone else being pierced there. Touching my own belly button too hard kicks my gag reflex. It has been this way for as long as I can remember. Gross.
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