Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bookish Ruth: About Me

If I had to choose a Disney character to sum up my life, Belle from Beauty and the Beast would fit the bill quite nicely: A free spirit with endless curiosity and a voracious appetite for books. (The fact that she ended up with a library bigger than my house has absolutely nothing to do with it. Okay, maybe a little bit...)

I've been an avid reader since early childhood. I was fortunate in that I had three remarkable women -- my mother, my aunt, and my second grade teacher -- who encouraged me as a young reader. With their guidance, my early interest in reading became a lifelong love affair with books.

My taste in books varies widely. My favorite genres are classics, mysteries, historical fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction, but I will read anything that piques my interest. Some of my favorite authors are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jane Austen, Laurie R. King, Michael Crichton, J.K. Rowling, Patrick Carman, Nancy Springer and R.L. LaFevers. You can view my entire library, including my favorite books (which are too numerous to list here) on LibraryThing.

In addition to reading, I enjoy gardening, knitting, and photography. I love animals and work in coordination with a local cat rescue to care for abandoned and neglected cats.

I don't watch a lot of television, but what I watch, I love. Some of my favorite shows include Doctor Who, Torchwood, The X-Files, Jeopardy!, and The Daily Show. I love learning new things and enjoy documentaries on channels like The History Channel, Discovery and PBS.

I've been blogging on various sites since 2000, and decided to start blogging about books in early 2008. Bookish Ruth was launched on June 14, 2008 and quickly became my primary blog. I also host The Baker Street Challenge, an annual Sherlock Holmes reading challenge.

Want to learn more about me, or contact me about possibly reviewing a book? Please use the Contact Form or e-mail me at the following address: ruth at bookishruth dot com.