Chava is a former soccer player/cross country runner/gymnast/yogi who now spends her time watching her muscles atrophy and pretending to understand whatever everyone is saying in whatever country she happens to be in lately. When not reading novels, wasting time on the Internet, sleeping, or talking about herself in the third person, she occasionally goes to karate or salsa class and even manages to go to school/study every once in a while - though the latter is useless as her trusty osmosis technique (falling asleep on her textbooks) does not seem to work in foreign languages. Whoever said studying abroad was fun? Interning abroad in Rome all summer with plenty of time for partying is fun. Traveling around Europe on vacation is fun. Studying abroad, not so much (especially in the midst of severe Super Wal-Mart-, mall-, English-language bookstore-, English language in general-, places that stay open later than 8PM-, and AMERICAN TV!!!-withdrawals).
I'm not a writer on this site, due to a lack of inspiration and an editor's complex that makes me hate everything I write, and lately, I'm not even a frequent reviewer (I just realized my bio was over three years old . . . jeez, time flies), but I love reading and editing and talking about reading and editing, so I'll always be back - especially when there's procrastinating to be done! I have issues with rambling, overanalyzing, and nitpicking, and I am a serious grammar nut (I read grammar manuals for FUN), but hopefully I am a helpful reviewer from time to time. I love any and all human communication, particularly now when I sound like an idiot 90 percent of the time because I'm horribly inarticulate in Italian and Spanish, so I feel quite special whenever someone takes the time to reply to a review! (Pathetic, but true.)
Here are some of my favorite books and authors - if you're ever looking for something to read, these should help keep you busy, plus I'll describe them a bit so you can decide if it's your thing or not.
A Swiftly Tilting Planet, A Ring of Endless Light, and everything else by Madeleine L'Engle - fantasy so real that I hesitate to call it fantasy . . . more like a very mystical, spiritual view of the universe I guess. And lots of non-fantasy books as well, very keen, wise, and understanding of human nature. Probably my all-time favorite author
Jane Austen - gotta love Mr. Darcy. And yeah, her other characters are cool too, plus love the subtle social humor and commentary
Jane Eyre - a classic. Jane is a great narrator and she and Mr. Rochester are very interesting and flawed characters
Robin McKinley - amazingly well written YA fantasy and fairy tale retellings, particularly The Blue Sword, Spindle's End, and Beauty
Donna Jo Napoli - another great author for YA fairy tale retellings, Zel being my favorite, and her historical fiction Song of the Magdalene is beautifully written
Ella Enchanted - charming take on Cinderella, way better than the movie (though that was cute, for what it was), and Ella is one of my favorite protagonists
Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer - an awesome new vampire-romance-suspense series, I can't wait for Eclipse!
Harry Potter series - well, duh
Meg Cabot - light, fun tween and teen chick lit; the Princess Diaries books are always great for a laugh, though my faves are her paranormal 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU and Mediator series, which are seriously addictive (thank God they're complete now - though I am still compelled, often, to reread them)
Crown/Court Duel by Sherwood Smith - a classic romantic fantasy for teens
The Hitchhiker series by Douglas Adams - HILARIOUS British sci-fi (again, way better than the movie)
Laura Kinsale - classic historical romance writer with interesting, flawed characters (the flawed ones are just so much more interesting!) and an excellent writing style that outclasses all other romance writers I've read (and I've read A LOT); famous for being innovative and stretching the genre. My favorite is probably Flowers from the Storm
The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon - VERY popular time-travel historical series with lots of adventure and romance, but also written intelligently enough to make you think . . . extremely addictive
Karen Marie Moning - fun Celtic fantasy/time-travel romance novels, great for readers interested in Celtic lore who like wacky, sexy brain candy
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King - a great mystery with very involving characters, one of the best Sherlock Holmes pastiches ever
W;t (a play by Margaret Edson) - gorgeous play, makes you think, ranges from extreme John-Donne-metaphysical-poetry complexity to shocking simplicity, I would so love to see this live someday . . .
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (a play by Tom Stoppard) - crazy-complex metaphors, humor, absurdity . . . AP Lit class was never this fun. Better if you read Hamlet first, though
Enough rambling for now . . . BTW, I post my old poems sometimes on fictionpress when I'm feeling bored. I would LOVE to get any reviews at all on those; I adore constructive criticism, and I very rarely get reviews since I don't write stories.