My reading preferences lean toward science fiction/fantasy and mystery. I also like various dystopian series that typically fall into teen fiction: The Hunger Games series, Uglies series, etc. Stephen King is an author I really like, but other than his works I tend to stay away from horror. I like to read graphic novels, especially the Batman series. A favorite work from my childhood that I still re-read occasionally as an adult is The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.

I also really like non-fiction that reads like fiction. Any of Erik Larson’s works are big favorites of mine. Growing up, and even as an adult, I enjoyed reading about UFOs, ghosts, and cryptozoology. If you haven’t heard about any before, ask me about the hauntings at Benet Academy and Benedictine University.

I like to cook, but I don’t “read” cookbooks. Well, the exception to that is anything authored by Alton Brown. I like to look for recipes in multiple sources and then amalgamate them together or put my own spin on them.

What I look for in any media format is a protagonist, or at least one character if an ensemble, who I like and can root for. If I don’t like any of the characters I will dislike whatever I’m reading or watching, to the point where I will close the book or stop watching – I’m looking at you Holden Caulfield and any of the characters from How to Get Away With Murder.

In terms of visual media, I like dark comedies and some slapstick, if done well, and science fiction/fantasy. I’m a big Star Wars and Star Trek fan as well as Peter Jackson’s work set in the world created by Tolkien.

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