I love to read fantasy, and particularly enjoy expansive world building and character development. Although I gravitate toward the magical and extraordinary, I will read anything highly recommended to me. Give me a series because I don’t get enough details in a standalone novel. I adore the zero to hero cliché; there is nothing better than watching an underdog succeed. Some of my favorite titles are Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness, and Red Rising by Pierce Brown.
Graphic novels are another favorite of mine; I appreciate how authors can provide a full story with few words and striking visuals. I’ll also never turn down a good comic collection. Favorite titles include Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, Hark: A Vagrant by Kate Beaton, and Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh.
As for nonfiction, I’m drawn to weird stories about lesser known items or events, as well as microhistories. Stiff by Mary Roach, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty are a few titles I’ve enjoyed.
I love the theater experience and try to see as many new movies in theaters as possible. I am particularity fond of all forms of animation, especially stop motion and traditional. Animation is a medium the can be enjoyed by all and some of my favorites include; Coraline, Your Name, Howl’s Moving Castle, and How to Train Your Dragon. I tend to favor lighthearted TV series such as Parks & Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Futurama, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Some movies I always come back to are Moulin Rouge, The Big Lebowski, and Stardust.
I’m an avid gamer, and especially enjoy plot-driven video games with story building and open worlds. The Last of Us, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Fallout 4, God of War, and Bioshock are just some examples of games I have spent way too much time playing.