the written word


The one thing you will find as a common thread along my reading autobiography is a penchant for choosing fantastical journeys, adventures, and magic over nearly anything else.

I have read many books in my life. Many, many, many books. I would go so far as to say that I read more books in a year than the average american does in 10-15 years, if not more. I started reading when I was very young–and not just pointing at a picture book I’d memorized by driving my mother half to madness, actually reading words–and I’ve never stopped. If you were to look at a list of books I’ve read (sidenote: I wish I had a list of all the books I’ve read), you’d find an incredible array of styles, authors, types, and age ranges. From D’aulaires Greek Myths to Arthur Ransom’s Swallows and Amazons, I have devoured books of every kind. I still reread these books, and find new ones, and reread the new ones.

But I come back to fantasy, even now. My tastes have changed in some ways–dystopian novels have snuck into the realm of fairies and unicorns, as have science fiction novels–yet I still have an overwhelming love for a book about otherness. About the endless possibilities of humanity, the endless possibilities of our universe, and the dark sides within both us and all existing space as a whole. For every darkness internal or external, there is a powerful and overwhelming sense of goodness and rightness coupled with our abilities to shape our worlds into something beautiful.

Make your world beautiful today.


  1. The wide range seems to include… fiction? If you are looking for some non-fiction, a great read is ‘The spirit level’
    I like fantasy too. I really liked ‘The handmaid’s tale’ and ‘The year of the flood’ by Margaret Atwood. The second is new, the first a Canadian classic!

  2. I did my senior synthesis paper on empathy as a social construct in dystopia, and used Handmaid’s Tale as a resource for that! It was really good. I’ll check out The Year of the Flood soon!

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