As a reader, I’m captivated by a strong narrative voice and compelling characters that I can truly connect with. I find immense delight in stories that showcase a central character’s growth and transformation, as well as explore deep and meaningful relationships between individuals. Diverse voices in literature always pique my interest and I’m constantly excited to discover books from underrepresented authors.
I equally enjoy books that provide an exhilarating reading experience and those that tug at my heartstrings, as long as there’s a glimmer of hope shining through. I have a particular weakness for slow-burn relationships, whether they blossom into profound friendships or romantic connections. Give me characters who initially have their doubts about each other, but eventually form a profound bond. Currently, I’m actively looking to build my collection in the genres of adult upmarket fiction, young adult, and middle grade.
Middle Grade and Young Adult
Within the middle grade and young adult genres, I have a special fondness for heartfelt contemporary stories and character-driven fantasy novels. While these are my favorites, I am also open to exploring other genres such as horror (especially supernatural or cosmic horror), science fiction, adventure, historical fiction, and rom-com. Additionally, I’m particularly drawn to projects that skillfully blend multiple genres, resulting in unique and creative narratives.
In the adult fiction realm, I am particularly interested in upmarket and commercial fiction, with a focus on contemporary, speculative, and historical works. What truly captivates me are books that possess a strong hook, an engaging plot, well-developed characters, and resonant themes that linger in the reader’s mind long after they’ve turned the final page.
I am actively seeking adult fantasy novels that possess an element of grounding, whether they incorporate contemporary elements, possess a distinctive world-building or magic system, or exist in a world that feels closely connected to our own. Recent favorites of mine in this category include “Every Heart a Doorway” by Seanan McGuire, “Witchmark” by C.L. Polk, and “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern.
Beyond fiction, I am also open to select graphic novels, narrative nonfiction for both children and adults, as well as picture book projects that have the potential to thrive in educational settings.
Here are some additional specifics that consistently pique my curiosity:
- Stories featuring diverse queer characters, particularly narratives centering around transgender, nonbinary, and asexual individuals
- Engaging genre-blending narratives
- Settings within boarding schools or universities
- Tales set in the theater world
- Sports and competition stories that showcase underrepresented characters
- Dark academia narratives
- Nautical settings, including ships, lighthouses, and anything with an oceanic atmosphere
- Stories that revolve around found families and sibling relationships
- Fresh reinterpretations of timeless classics
- Surprising subversions of familiar tropes
- Narratives that explore the power of language
- Unique interests or communities that are often overlooked
Although I have a wide range of interests, there are a few areas that are not the best fit for me:
- Parody or satirical fiction
- Legal thrillers
- Stories centered around deadly viruses
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