What up, internet? I’m Anastasia (don’t you love a good alias?), another of your friendly neighborhood bloggers here at Rampant Reads. I was in the book business for a very long time, starting as book seller and ending up as Wearer of Many Hats at an independent children’s book publisher. One of my job titles was Slush Editor, so that should tell you a bit where my sense of humor comes from.
Though I’m no longer officially in the book business (I’m now a technical writer), books, especially children’s and YA, are my passion. So I’ll be bringing a bit of a dual perspective to my posts.
Like my other fellow bloggers, I don’t have a library – I’m stuck with multiple bulging bookshelves scattered around my house. I’m gonna steal an idea from Princess Consuela and will share a few of my favorite books with y’all.
This is a copy of Squire, by Tamora Pierce, who was a huge influence on me as a young girl – she wrote strong, powerful female characters, characters I wanted to be. I also wanted to bring those types of characters to other kids – she inspired me to become a book editor. Tammy was a featured guest at “The Witching Hour”, a Harry Potter conference I went to in 2005, and when I went up to meet her, I was so nervous, excited and overwhelmed that I almost couldn’t speak to her. She is a lovely person and didn’t mention how badly my hands were shaking.
My aunt bought me this edition of Jane Eyre for my 13th birthday. Some of my fellow bloggers here are, how shall we say, not so fond of Jane Eyre, but it’s always been one of my favorite books. I’m a sucker for Jane’s practical mind yet passionate heart. Plus, this edition is so gorgeous. This book was my gateway into the classics.
Neil Gaiman. Incredible author and a true gentleman. I was at the same signing with Princess Consuela & Elaine, and after he did his reading, he signed books for over 10 hours. We got to him at hour 4 and he was chatty and friendly to everyone. I got him to sign my copy of Good Omens, which was already signed by Terry Pratchett (thanks, Erin!!!). This would be one of the first things I would save if my house was on fire.
Finally, my copy of Tithe. This is the original cover of the book – I discovered this book before Holly broke big with The Spiderwick Chronicles, which are also brilliant. I got Holly to sign this at The Witching Hour, where she was also a guest speaker. She signs all her books with a riddle that goes along with the theme of the book – here’s the one for Tithe.
So, that is me! I’ll be seeing you again with my review of Meg Cabot’s latest, Abandon, in the next few days.