Welcome first-time visitors, via the Armchair BEA convention, or by chance!
You have reached Bibliophage’s Book Buffet.
I’m your host, Sandy, also known here as the Bibliophage.
I blog usually from small-town Ontario, in the vicinity of Hamilton or Toronto, Canada. Reading, and these days blogging, is strictly a hobby. I work as a technology consultant; and when time and casting allow, act in amateur theater.
WHICH books do I choose? As a recreational blogger, I pick books largely ‘for fun’, in science fiction and fantasy. Other than speculative fiction, I read mystery and very occasionally non-fiction. Sometimes I’ll sprinkle in a review of a young-adult book, if I’ve borrowed it from one of my sons.
WHAT do I look for? Whatever the genre, I look for characters in a world that I can see and enjoy in detail. Characters should change and grow, and be complex and ambiguous. I like to get caught up in the story, whether it’s suspense, action, romance, or a combination. Even better, if the book pulls me in and gets me emotionally involved. Not that I want to be gratuitously weepy ;). Last, but not least important, I love it when the book makes me think. Whether it’s an emotional dilemma, or a speculative ‘imagine if’ that happened, or innovative elegant writing, and/or loads of subtext that draws me in to hunt for metaphors or themes.
HOW do I review? I am very stingy in granting stars to reviewed books; on the other hand, I avoid books if I think they won’t be better than literary junk food. But, I do love a lot of junk food.
WHY do I blog? It all started out very innocently – I wanted to keep track of the books I was reading. I like reading and commenting on other people’s reviews of books that I also have read. Gradually I got seduced by the thrill of flaunting my opinions in public. Bwa ha ha.
My Armchair for BEA is a patio chair facing the Pacific. I hope to meet up with new Book Bloggers and compare opinions on books we enjoy.