- "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. --Groucho Marx"
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Hi, my name's Amanda. I'm a college student majoring in studio arts with a concentration in metalworking and jewelry, and I love art and reading.
For school: Art
For books: Fantasy (magic, dragons, fairies and faeries, mythology [especially Celtic], sword and sorcery, etc...) and historical fiction
Favorite Genre Of Reads
"Clearly there has been a lack of imagination about how much can go wrong."
"My gripe is not with lovers of the truth but with the truth itself. What succor, what consolation is there in the truth, compared to a story? What good is truth, at midnight, in the dark, when the wind is roaring like a bear in the chimney? When the lightning strikes shadows on the bedroom wall and the rain taps at the window with its long fingernails? No. When fear and cold make a statue of you in your bed, don’t expect hard-boned and fleshless truth to come running to your aid. What you need are the plump comforts of a story. The soothing, rocking safety of a lie."
—Vida Winter (The Thirteenth Tale)
"My headphones are not a tasty treat."
—Me to Huckleberry at least three times a day
The fairies put on their thinking caps, which were red and pointy.
—Eyes Like Stars (Theatre Illuminata, Book 1)
"What's past is prologue, and the world awaits."
—Bertie (Eyes Like Stars)
"Don't poke the crazy person."
—my aunt Karen
They say I have ADD, but they just don't understand... oh, look, a chicken!
"We blow it up so you don’t have to."
—Adam Savage from Mythbusters
“I’d rather be eaten by a dragon.”
—Princess Cimorene (Dealing with Dragons)
“I put down my book, The Meaning of Zen, and see the cat smiling into her fur as she delicately combs it with her rough pink tongue. ‘Cat, I would lend you this book to study but it appears you have already read it.’ She looks up and gives me her full gaze. “Don't be ridiculous,” she purrs, ‘I wrote it.’”
—Dilys Laing (Miao)
I've got Aspergers. What's your excuse?
Tamora Pierce, Diana Wynne Jones, and Laini Taylor are my very favorites, but I love so many authors... Jennifer Donnelly, Carrie Ryan, Meg Cabot, Eva Ibbotson, Holly Black, Sarah Dessen, Maggie Stiefvater, Cassandra Clare, Scott Westerfeld, Patricia Wrede, Philip Pullman, Eoin Colfer, Lisa Mantchev, Garth Nix, L.A. Meyer, Shannon Hale, Diane Duane, and Christopher Paolini are all wonderful. (to name just a few...)
Favorite Recent Reads
The Space Between (Brenna Yovanoff)
Plain Kate (Erin Bow)
Code Name Verity (Elizabeth Wein)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Emily M. Danforth)
If I could be any character I'd be (and why?)
From Dealing With Dragons, Cimorene (because she is funny, strong, and creative, and she doesn't care what people think of her) and Morwen (because she is smart and practical and she loves cats and books); Jacky Faber from Bloody Jack, (because she's just such a character and always comes out on top, no matter how much trouble she gets into); Alanna, Beka, Daine, and Aly from Tamora Pierce's Tortall books (because they are strong and go for their dreams); Holly Short from Artemis Fowl (because she’s just super cool) and of course Artemis (because there's a little bit of criminal mastermind in me, too); Sara Crewe from A Little Princess (because she is the ultimate optimist and dreamer); Vida Winter from The Thriteenth Tale (because I wish I could weave stories like her’s); the grandmother in A Long Way From Chicago (because she makes me laugh no matter how down I am); and Howl from Howl's Moving Castle, because he expresses himself with green slime.
If I was stranded on a desert island and could only bring 3 books, I'd bring
To Whom It May Concern (specifically, the person who decided that it was a good idea to change the question from "What are your favorite books?"):
You kind of suck. I, however, being a creative person, will not be constrained by your... um... constraints. I would bring a book about how to escape from a desert island, and once I had made good use of this book, I would go home and read all my favorite books. Which leads me to... (drum roll, please)... my favorite books.
What ARE my favorites, you ask? There's too many to name all of them, but my top picks are Dealing With Dragons, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Howl’s Moving Castle, The Thirteenth Tale, The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose, A Long Way From Chicago and A Year Down Yonder, A Little Princess, Because of Winn-Dixie, Peter Pan, Bloody Jack, the Sally Lockhart trilogy, Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Looking Glass Wars, His Dark Materials, the Abhorsen trilogy, The Hollow Kingdom, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Scorpio Races, The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Meg Cabot's Heather Wells mysteries, Code Name Verity, and anything by Tamora Pierce.
Sincerely (sort of),