Hey Romancing LP fans and followers! We are so grateful for your ongoing support and interest in the reviews we’ve been posting, and so we wanted to share a little more of ourselves with you as well! This new series, “Get to Know Us” will feature each one of our bloggers, so we can invade your world just a little more. Next up is Bry!
1. Who are you, and where are you from?
I’m Bry! Contrary to Fry, thats BREE, and yes its the shortened version of my real name. I’m 25 (or will be when this is posted, yay birthdays!), and I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. So far I am the token Canadian in our rag-tag band of book reviewers!
2. Tell us 3 important things we should know about you
I’m a professional fitness model and personal trainer
I’m a historian who specializes in the Italian Renaissance
I’m an ordained minister, for the sheer hell of it.
3. Have you always been a bookworm? If not, when did you start reading?
I’m pretty sure I came out of the womb reading. If not, then pretty darned close. Chapter books were my friend by kindergarten, and I read War and Peace in Grade 3, just because I could, even if some of the concepts might have been beyond me. I’ve always had a massive book collection and have always fit reading into my life.
4. What are your favourite genres to read?
Historical fiction, horror/thriller, true paranormal, and ever increasingly, fantasy. Although it has to be high fantasy.
5. What are your least favourite genres to read?
Romance (including paranormal romance, ugh), YA/NA, and the ‘survival/wilderness’ type crap that seems to be prevalent in “Canadian Literature.”
6. Do you have a favourite book of all time?
The Song of Ice and Fire series undeniably holds this spot, but out of the books that make it up I can’t pick a favourite. I hazard probably Storm of Swords for Oberyn Martell, but I love the series as a whole, and the stories meld together into one.
7. Do you have a favourite character of all time?
Oh yes. Marius from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles will always have a special place in my heart. He is the enduring artistic, historical soul, and I love everything about him.
8. Is there a fictional character you think is most like you?
Ehhh, I don’t know. Pre-whore Anita Blake and I shared a lot of saucy personality traits, but then she became a walking vagina doomcrotch and so saying even this hurts me. Fry says Margery and Olenna Tyrell would be similar to me, which I take as high compliment, and kinda see.Maybe if the Tyrells and Martells had babies… I’d be a sandy-snake-garden-hybrid.
9. Has there ever been a book that broke your heart?
I’ve read everything Robin Hobb has written, so that was inevitable. They all did. Its been over a decade and I’m still not over it.
10. Have your reading choices had any effect on the rest of your life? (ie, are you a horror junkie everywhere?)
I think because my favourite reading topic, history, is so enmeshed with who I am, that it compliments the rest of my life in that way. I’m a huge history nerd, hence my profession, but that also leeches through into my show and movie preferences, my fantasies, and even how I’d like to have my wedding. I’m pretty sure if there was active healthy LARP around her, or the SCA, I’d be a founding member. I’m renting a pirate ship for my birthday full tilt with historical pirate players… so yeah, thats me, and thats what I read too.
11. What are some of your hobbies beyond reading?
Travel, working out (including hooping, pole dance, aerial silks, spinning poi), running online RP
12. Do you judge a book by its cover?
Oh yeah, I find it impossible not to. A great cover will draw me right in, even if the content isn’t wonderful, and a cover that looks anything like YA will put a lot of distance between myself and my interest for it. Reading advanced copies and e-copies has helped that though, sometimes they just don’t even have covers!
13. Are you for or against e-readers, and why?
I used to be against them and still prefer the feel of a real book in my hands, but with my Kobo I read twice as fast, have twice as many books at the touch of my fingertips, and am saving money pretty much every day. As someone who travels a LOT, not having to lug several books around is a major convenience.
14. Give us a reading confession!
I’m judgey about what people read and I know it. I’m generally pretty good about not being obnoxious in sharing these opinions, but I DID refuse to work with people in University because I saw them reading Twilight. Harsh though it may be, it didn’t steer me wrong? I’m sorry, if you bring Stephenie Meyer into a proper university class, you asked for it.
15. Do you have a favourite quote or message about reading to share?
I have two!
“Reading makes a full man” – This is carved into the mantle of a library fireplace in Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria BC. I just loved its placement and its simple message.