My name is Amanda, and I’m addicted to books.

I read all.

Pic from my wedding.

Pic from my wedding.

I started my reading adventures as a 5 year old…with Dr. Seuss and “Fox in Socks”.  I was one of two kindergarten students in my class who could read.  I moved on to “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.  Riveting.

My parents, especially my dad, are avid readers.  Proof that if you read to your kids, and your kids see you reading, they will follow your example.

I was obsessed with “The Babysitter’s Club” books (and yes, I still have them).  Then I started devouring all the paperbacks I could find in the house.  This led to finding Stephen King.  I read the unabridged version of  “The Stand” when I was 11 or 12.  I read “It” and promptly became terrified of clowns and sewers.  I discovered James Patterson and “Along Came a Spider”.  I found sci-fi type books in “Jurassic Park” and and “Outbreak”.

I became a history nut in high school, thanks to a combo of a wonderful A.P. history teacher and wonderful English teachers.  The assigned books usually didn’t hold my interest unless they involved history.  But I do remember liking “The Great Gatsby”, “Catch 22”, “Catcher in the Rye”, “Johnny Get Your Gun”, and the ones centered around the holocaust.  And of course I continued my own reading.  I always had my nose buried in some sort of book.

The birth of the internet brought me amazon.com.  And more access to books that I might not find in my local half-price book store or B&N.  Those smiley boxes sure come in handy around Christmas time.  I started a pretty hefty collection of Civil War books, and then started moving on to WW2 after reading some of Jeff Shaara’s historical fiction.  And of course I continued reading James Patterson and swapping books with my dad like Michael Crichton.  The books I swap with my mom tend to be more spiritual in nature, “Many Lives Many Masters”, “Journey of Souls”.

And then the birth of the Kindle.  OMG.  Cheap and sometimes free books.  Transmitted in seconds.  And I don’t have to leave the house.  And the thing can hold hundreds of books?

I originally got one for Christmas two years ago.  My husband stepped on it a few months later and I cried.  I was eventually able to replace it and I make sure it is not in a location to be stepped on.  It was an older version.

I received a Kindle HD for Christmas in 2012 and I love it.  But now I have to compete for “Kindle Time” with my seven year old.

Due to life circumstances, I have developed some rules, as I am a very emotional person.  See my post about “Da Rules“. But usually I am always willing to give a book a try.  I also write reviews on Amazon if I really like it for the books that I like and the few (if any) that I don’t.

There are some books that have truly impacted my life.  Some stories that I still think about long after I finished reading it.  There have been some instances where I have not been able to put a book down and have stayed up late attempting to finish it.

Overall, I love reading.  Everything.  And I have eclectic tastes.


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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thesweetreview
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 13:58:25

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  4. Stephen Stark
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 05:28:08

    Hi, EB. Thanks for the very nice review on Amazon of my novel The Final Appearance of America’s Favorite Girl Next Door. The review was insightful—and I just love it when readers connect with the characters, and what I am trying to do.

    I spent something like ten years writing the novel, and one of the reasons it took so long were my own health problems, which are more or less okay now. There was a whole lot of other stuff, as well, but the other main thing was that—you know how they always tell you to write what you know?—I wanted to write something I didn’t know. I have three daughters, have had two wives, and I have spent a lot of time trying to ‘get’ women. But I also thought that fame was an interesting metaphor for identity. I have made my living as a writer for a long time, but almost none of it from my fiction writing, which is the part that I love most. And so while I have worked in large and small companies doing their work for them, it always seems to surprise the people I meet who know me as a writer of copy for marketing, internal communications, etc., that THEY are surprised that I am also a novelist. I didn’t really know that I was writing something I knew (the sort of multiple personality disorder of comtemporary life) until I was way into the novel. That happened somewhere during the time I was writing the interview with Ellen and she talks about her tutu as sort of her Spidey constume. It also never really occurred to me until after I’d finished it that the novel was about ambition and the dangers of it. My own ambition, likely. I see Michael and Ellen’s ambitions as the sort of yin and yang of my own—she is wildly successful and he is banging his head against the wall. In some ways, I’d argue that he’s the one who’s happier, in some ways at least, because he’s still got his arm outstretched, reaching for the brass ring, while she’s got the brass ring and really isn’t sure what to do with her ambition any more.

    I really appreciate the feedback I’ve gotten to the effect that “it’s hard to believe a man wrote this” but I got a whole lot of advice and feedback from women friends as I was working on it, so I don’t take all the credit.

    I spent a lot of the first portion of my fiction writing career trying to write a very narrow kind of present tense fiction that was straight realism. But things have gotten so much weirder in the life over the last 30 years that straight realism just seemed inadequate to express the kinds of ideas that really interested me. That’s part of the reason that the novel is written nonsequentially. I know the first chapter may seem to be confusing at first, but I also wanted to put up a billboard right from the start that said, This is different. Everything in the first two thirds of the (chronological) story is right there, in that chapter. It’s one of my favorite pieces of writing of mine. It also sets up (I hope) the Black Box as a metaphor for television, and for life.

    It’s curious to me that the genre mashup—I love the way you described it—is so easy for readers to get, but mainstream publishers are just flummoxed by it. In their view, it seems, everything has to be able to fit neatly into a little category. I get it. I worked in publishing many years ago. Still, it seems weird that ‘I love it but I don’t know how to sell it’ even comes up.

    Thanks again,



    • Mommabel
      Jan 15, 2013 @ 18:49:06

      Thank you for the feedback. I love it when authors let me know that they like what I posted. Its a shame that publishers like to fit everything into a set category. I have read many books in which I read it for one aspect (romance, humor, memoir) and found that I wanted to try another genre that I haven’t before. I see these kind of “mashups” as an introduction to something that I might not have even considered before. I think that publishers could reach many more readers through these types of books.

      Thank you for writing this book. I love books that make me think.


  5. Tony Bayliss
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 07:23:50

    Thanks so much for your enthusiastic review of my book ‘Future Perfect’, and for putting it on the US Amazon site. Would it be possible for you also to put it on the UK site, since reviews don’t automatically go on all Amazon sites ? – it has t be done manually, for some strange reason

    Hope you also enjoy Past Continuous.

    Tony Bayliss



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