ABOUT THE BLACK SHEEP
Who am I?
I’m a young graduate student from the Land of the Long White Cloud (a.k.a. New Zealand, a.k.a. That Place Where They Shot Lord of the Rings). I have a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies, which is particularly ironic because I’m also a staunch atheist. In 2011 I plan to begin the first year of a Law degree, combined with a second BA in English and Classics. I love reading, writing, languages, and anything that makes me laugh.
What do I read?
I might as well confess: I’m a bit of a literary snob. I love novels that are more about the beauty of the language and the internal life of the characters than actual plot. So I definitely read a lot of what you might call literary fiction. However, I am usually pressed for time and since I don’t always want to engage my brain to such an extent while reading, I also dabble in genre fiction as well. I tend to stay away from non-fiction, science fiction and romance novels, but everything else is fair game.
What are my favourite books?
Ask any reader this question and you’ll likely get a blank stare, or an impassioned cry of “I can’t choose just one/three/five/ten/a hundred…” I’m kind of the same way, but I do have a short list of books that I have adored and which I will force onto anyone who so much as hints at possibly thinking about maybe asking for my opinion as to what they should read next. Here they are (in no particular order):
The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Possession by A. S. Byatt.
What do I review?
Pretty much everything I read. I’m currently participating in a large number of reading challenges, which is what prompted me to start up this blog in the first place. This is where I write down my thoughts about novels I’ve finished, usually a few days after I’ve put them down to give myself some perspective. I don’t always have much to say about them, but what I do say is honest and (hopefully) objective.
I don’t currently have a review policy as I do not receive books from outside sources to review. I am hoping to move on to this in the future, so watch this space!
Why do I blog?
At the beginning of 2010 I joined a Social Justice Reading Challenge which has essentially shaped the life of this blog to date. I am passionate about helping others and raising awareness for global issues, so I have decided that along with a reading challenge blog (which is what it started out as) this is also a place to discuss ways in which we can reach out to those in need. I hope you’ll join me in my quest to make the world a better place one day (and one book!) at a time.