FULL NAME: Jennifer Sicurella
BIRTHDATE: December 24, 1979
LOCATION: New Jersey, USA
BLOG URL: http://www.readingwithtequila.com
BLOG CONTENT: Book reviews, giveaways, contests, author guest posts and interviews, blogger interviews and reading challenges. Plus discussions and some other stuff.
YOUR TOP 5 REASONS WHY YOU LOVE READING:
1. You can escape reality
2. You get to travel to exotic locations
3. You get to become an infinite number of different people
4. Anything can happen. Unlike the movies, there aren’t any financial reasons why you can’t blow something up
5. It’s a solitary activity. Which means my husband can’t interrupt every 5 minutes asking what that guy said or what just happened.
In Which I Embarrass Myself with My Lack of Literary Knowledge
Thank you so much Pat, for inviting me to guest post on your fabulous blog. This is my first guest post (look mom, I’m famous!) so bear with me if I sound like a complete moron. Because sometime, I kind of am.
I’m a book blogger (obviously) and that leads people to believe I actually know a little something about books. I suppose I do, in a general sense. See, I’m an eclectic book blogger. I enjoy lots of different genres and therefore you can’t classify my blog as romance or urban fantasy or young adult or anything really. I have an entire brain full of information about authors, publishers, books and other reading related stuff relating to mystery, fantasy, horror, chick lit, middle grade books, paranormal, science fiction, etc.
Since I’ve got all that junk (um… knowledge?) jammed in my head, I often reveal myself to be pathetically lacking in what other people believe to be common knowledge. For instance, last year on Twitter, I shared with the world my extreme need to see the movie 2012. Someone replied that they did too, since they loved those kinds of books. Books? Huh. You mean they have books that are about end of the world apocalypse stuff? Really? Luckily, the friendly Twitter replier took pity on me and sent me a list of dystopian novels to get me started. Looking back I wonder how I didn’t know about an entire subgenre of fantastic fiction.
My current embarrassing lack of knowledge comes in the form of steam punk. I’ve been hearing a lot about novels being steam punk or that steam punk is going to be the new big thing. What the heck is steam punk? All I’ve managed to gather so far is that the characters seem to wear goggles of some nature. And maybe trench coats. Or not. I can’t get a definitive answer on the trench coats. I can’t even make up my mind if I want to try it because I don’t have any clue what it is. I feel as though I should know these kinds of things.
Did you know there is fiction about the polygamy lifestyle? I learned that lurking on Twitter today (side note: I’m a lurker. Sorry.) And something called team unicorn? This leads me to believe there are books about unicorns. And, well, the list grows daily.
See, the thing about being an eclectic reader and book blogger is that you get a small taste of many of the great books out there. You also miss out on the stuff you never knew existed. Without blogging I would never know I was missing anything, but I’d also never get a chance to learn about it either. So in 2030 when I discover a fantastic steam punk book about polygamist unicorns, I’ll kick myself for having not known about it before. But luckily for me, when I finally do read it, there’ll be a whole community to rave to. And they won’t give me crap for having taken 20 years to figure out what they learned back in 2010.