I’m so excited to announce a new contributor to Playing Jokers! Calvert is another book lover who I know personally through my sorority and university. She is very eager to join the Playing Jokers community. Expect to see posts and reviews by her in the future! So, please make her feel welcome! – Michelle
My name is Calvert, and I am one of the new additions to Playing Jokers! I am a student in the DC area pursuing a Chemistry major with a double minor in Forensic Science and French.
Like Michelle I was raised without much television, in fact the only programs I watched with any frequency were on Animal Planet! However, I was encouraged to read whatever and whenever I wanted. I was such a speedy and voracious reader that eventually my mother gave up on actually buying me books, and instead would just let me sit in the bookstore. After a few hours I would have quite a pile of finished books.
I find reading is a great escape from the weight of the world. As much as I enjoy spending time with friends, there is nothing I enjoy more than curling up with a good book.
Types of books I read:
I gravitate mostly towards fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers/mysteries. I will read just about anything though. The only two genres that I just don’t like at all are political and romance.
When I review I take into consideration grammar/general writing level, plot construction and resolution, character development, and my level of enjoyment. But ultimately it is subjective.
I definitely prefer physical books. There is just something about the experience that is so satisfying, it engages all of your senses. Plus you don’t have to worry about it running out of power. I do have an e-reader app on my iPad though, but I find that I rarely use it.
What are your favorite authors, or in other words, your must-buy authors?
This is a hard question for me, but I would have to say Neil Gaiman (for the darker fiction), Terry Pratchett and Piers Anthony (for the fantasy that really spoofs the genre), Edgar Allen Poe (the only poetry I actually enjoy), and J.R.R. Tolkein and George R.R. Martin (though both can sometimes lose me with their longwinded nature).
What was your favorite book assigned in school?
I actually have two, and they were both assigned in 4th grade: The Phantom Tollbooth and The Hobbit.
Which book do you have strong feelings about (really hate or really love, or anything in between and sideways)?
I don’t really have books I hate. I have ones I didn’t enjoy or couldn’t finish and I have authors that I refuse to read, but I would never go so far as to say hate. Currently I really love the Song of Ice and Fire books, even though sometimes they get a little too involved in the politics and forget the fantasy aspects. Good Omens is also one that I tend to recommend. I love the dark humor.
How many books are on your ‘to read’ list?
I honestly don’t even know. I don’t have an actual list, I tend to just look around till I find a book that catches my eye. Sometimes I do stumble upon something that I’ve heard about and grab it, but it’s definitely more of a spontaneous choice.
Do you have a preference between short books or long books?
I loooooooove long books. I don’t want my books to feel like an episode of a tv show, I want to be drawn into the world and devastated when I’m kicked out.
What book are you looking forward to reading the most?
This goes back to the reading list question; I really don’t choose the book ahead of time. However, I do want to read the newest Gaiman book The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and am eagerly awaiting the next SoIaF novel to be published.