Full name: Angela Thompson (Call me Angie)
Birthday: August 15th
Blog URL: http://angieville.blogspot.com/
Blog Content: A book blog specializing in reviews and round-ups of young adult, urban fantasy, fantasy, and science fiction.
FAVORITE FICTIONAL CHARACTER THAT YOU WISH IS REAL
Oh, no questions at all: the thief Eugenides from Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series. Because if Gen were real and prowling around there would never be a dull moment again. He's also my biggest book crush of the year.
Hi, my name is Angie and I'm a bookpusher. I last pushed a book into someone's hand last night. But she was asking for it. She needed a book. Or twelve. What was I supposed to do? Ignore her? Deny her the exquisite pleasure of discovering new worlds and new friends? I'm just not that strong. See, my problem lies in the fact that I get the most incomparable, most tinglingly delicious thrill from passing a book to someone else who is going to love it and who (hopefully) will come back and tell me about it so we can hash the whole thing out again together. This can take place in person, in the comments of a friend's blog, or within 140 characters or less via Twitter (I'm @angiebookgirl over there, btw) . All venues are welcome. It's a three-step process, really. The first thrill comes from reading the book myself. Arguably this is the most potent of the three. The second comes from re-reading said book after an appropriate amount of time has passed (sometimes months, sometimes 24 hours) and savoring those choice scenes you know are coming, experiencing them again in all their awesomeness. The third thrill comes from getting someone else to read it and being able to soak up the vicarious pleasure of someone else's first time. I know, I know. But realizing you have a problem is the first step, right?
But it doesn't stop there. This
hobby I have is exacerbated by the fact that it's coupled with an almost instinctual drive to seek out new books. And by "new" I mean new to me. They can be old, new, out of print, or yet to be published. I want them all. And to keep track of everything I keep running lists, I visit libraries and used bookstores on a regular basis, and I spend what is probably an alarming portion of my day everyday hitting all my favorite book blogs and websites and reading all your lovely reviews and spotlights. The list of books I would never have read if it hadn't been for one blogger's hearty endorsement is getting long and distinguished. Just this year I discovered the simply beautiful Marcelo in the Real World because of Leila's solid review over at Bookshelves of Doom. I devoured Perfect Chemistry based on Trisha's ate-it-up-with-a-spoon review at The YA YA YAs. And, above all, I read and fell in love with, and cannot stop talking about The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia thanks to the not-so-gentle nudging of my booktwin Martha. Special mention goes to Thea of The Book Smugglers as well for turning me on to Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series and, as Magic Strikes was, hands down, my favorite urban fantasy of 2009, I really can't thank her enough. I mean Kate is freaking awesome and Curran...rowr! And I, in turn, have pushed each of these books on numerous people, in person and online, over and over again throughout the year. It's a vicious circle, I tell you.
So I don't know if it's a sickness or a superpower but it's mine. And I don't think I want it to change anytime soon. Because inhaling good books and telling other readers why I love them, getting good recommendations from them, and falling head over heels in love myself is such a large chunk of what makes my life full and rich and sweet. And all good things. So I guess I'll continue on and hope I don't drive my friends and family too crazy with the harping and the pushing and the every time I give a gift it's a book thing. My question to you is: do you suffer from the same sickness? If so, how do you handle it? Or, conversely, are you the poor soul some wild bookpusher is constantly stalking? Do you have a tried and true method for gently-but-firmly foisting them off on someone else? Or do you accept their ravings with good grace? I'd love to know.
And that's it for me. I've got to get back to reading. And convincing Janicu that she needs to read Daughter of the Forest stat. So long, guys. It's been a pleasure. Thanks for having me, Pat! I'm sorry. What's that you say? You're looking for a good book? I've got just the thing...