Reader’s Parlor is a weekly feature in which I interview readers! Please welcome today’s guest, Sophia Rose, a reviewer for the Delighted Reader blog.
Cara Bristol: What do you like to read?
Sophia: Anything and everything. Okay, well not really. But I have grown careful about sweeping statements like I won’t read horror. Well guess what? I’ve read a few books that fall into the horror genre and loved them. Size? I welcome all comers from short story to Encyclopedia Britannica sized books. Heat and content? Again, pretty open about that- sweet to sweltering, inspirational to taboo. I’ve pushed my hard lines a few times and discovered that it wasn’t so bad moving that line.
Cara Bristol: Why do you read? What do you enjoy most about reading?
Sophia: I’ve been reading since I was four years old so it’s hard to say exactly why I read. Bottom line, I love it and I need it.
I enjoy escaping into a book or learning new things. Books can be a solace when I’m sick or having a bad day, but also make boring times like sitting in the dentist’s waiting room more than endurable. Books take me to places I’ll likely never see in real life and they stretch my imagination muscles. Even fiction stories can teach about real life and living as I read about people who are very different from me. Haha, guess many of these reasons I enjoy reading can also answer why I read, too.
Cara Bristol: What do you love to see in a story? What are your pet peeves?
Sophia: I love to see a story that grabs me from the first paragraph, has a clever and creative world, wit and humor, good pace and development, has characters I can like or hate and root for or boo (must count a good villain in), characters who act and think with authenticity. Stories that may be flawed, but can still take my breath away. Sometimes I like the comfort of a book that fits a pattern, but most of the time I adore being surprised.
As to the peeves, there are many, I suppose. I try to avoid them because many of my peeves boil down to personal preference and are no reflection against the book itself.
Some examples of my peeves: secret baby (when the dad is not a homicidal maniac), unnecessary love triangle (spare me your selfish indecisiveness), most cases of infidelity, stupidity that is harmful to others (usually in an action plot), long mental monologues (let me out of your head, I beg you, LOL), and screw-ups with no apology or change in behavior.
Cara Bristol: What’s on your TBR list right now?
Sophia: My TBR list makes Mt. Everest run away to mommy. I have 3355 books on my actual, my electronic, and my audio shelves. I’m slowly remedying the problem by fewer purchases or freebies, not taking as many review commitments, and reading more from my shelves.
Cara Bristol: 3355? Holy cow!
Sophia: My next books from my TBR pile to be read are:
- Cress by Marissa Meyer
- Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
- Elsker by ST Bende
- The Knight’s Scarred Maiden by Nicole Locke
- Stranded With the Cyborg by Cara Bristol (oh, look at that, I’m finally going back for the first book since I read the others. LOL)
Cara: When you’re not reading, what do you like to do?
Sophia: Cooking, gardening, walks, writing cards & letters, organizing (not crazy, but I do like my lists and uncluttered spaces), visiting historical or natural points of interest, my volunteer work, writing, very amateur photography, watching movies, play cards, and playing the piano.
Cara: If you could meet one fictional character, who would it be and why?
Sophia: Amelia Peabody from Elizabeth Peter’s Amelia Peabody series. I’d love to experience an Egyptian archaeological adventure with her.
Ebook, print or audiobook: all the above
Your favorite place to read: back porch
Number of books you read in a year: usually 400+
Haha. It will only take you 8+ years to get through your TBR list! A favorite childhood book?The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
Favorite beverage while reading: water
Sophia Rose bio
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.
Sophia has been a teacher, family researcher, small business owner, family service worker, family literacy and fatherhood initiative coordinator. Recently, she was a winner of a short story writing contest that led to three more short stories being published. Thus, checking off a big item from her teenage Dreams list. There are still living in Alaska, traveling to Scotland, and working as a marine biologist left on the list.