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Who am I?
I am Blow Pop. A genderfluid person who prefers they/them pronouns and is well over legal drinking age in the U.S. I am white and have a few invisible illnesses. I work. I get paid. I read books. I review the books I read. And spend as much time as possible in my local library. I am fun loving and reclusive. I like playing video games. I have a huge obsession with Star Wars. And I like weaponry (mostly the sharp pointy things like swords, daggers, and knives….also bows and arrows). And I’m a tea drinker. I like musicals as well. Both watching them and listening to them. I like tattoos and piercings. I also have a very diverse music library of just about everything.
What books do I like? This is a very unanswerable question really. I mean I can list off a bunch of genres but that’s not really going to tell you much about what I particularly like. I like books with diverse characters. I especially like books in which my race is either not highly represented/in charge or is the main character. I like well written and well flushed out characters. I like verbose authors who simultaneously don’t waste my time by giving me extraneous detail that matters not to the story (despite that, I am a huge Tolkien fan mostly because that was my introduction to high fantasy and I’m in love). On the other hand, I LOVE details. I like being able to picture things in my head. I like healthy relationships. I like abusive and unhealthy relationships called out as such and not romanticised. I like seeing viewpoints that aren’t from a white p.o.v. (seriously if I want that I’ll stop reading and look at the world from my own point of view and to be honest I’m kind of sick of it). I like seeing already existing cultures and new and made up cultures. I like seeing dystopian Earth and other planets that either do exist right now or don’t exist at all. I don’t have a genre I stick to. But I have a particular love of horror and fantasy. And a belief that I don’t have quite enough books yet as I don’t yet have a room that’s a library. As far as traditional vs self-publishing goes, I don’t care how it’s published. I’ll read it. Even if it’s in a google doc. Or out of an email (I do actually have a review of a book that the entire book was given to me in an email like non download in the body of the email and luckily it was a novella or else I might’ve gotten lost with it). I believe in self publishing just as much as traditional publishing. This may also help:
[image description: red text on black background reads: Overdone: step siblings and trying to emulate trilogy that shall not be named. And love triangles. Fucking hate those.
Like: well developed characters, unconventional relationships (poly, triads, etc), well researched (especially with bdsm since that’s a big part of my life I like it well and accurately represented), well edited (no obvious spelling, grammar, geographic, or other errors), non abusive and believable relationships (including friendships and if they are abusive it’s not glossed over but stated as exactly what it is). That’s about it. And diversity. Able bodied rich or well off white people don’t do it for me. And no caricatures of mental illnesses or any disabilities. By diverse I am also not just talking race. I am talking everything. Race, religion, sexuality, disabilities (mental and physical). Everything. Mind fucks as well]
Why do I go by Blow Pop? Anonymity. There’s people from my past who I don’t want to be able to contact me. They don’t know that Blow Pop is one of my nicknames. And by people from my past I mean abusive people that I won’t hesitate to slap with a restraining order if they contact me again.
Where am I from? South Western US. Close enough to Mexico that I can reasonably drive there in a matter of hours. Close enough to the Pacific Ocean that I can also drive there in a matter of hours. Close enough to the mountains I can drive there in a matter of hours. Close enough to Vegas I can drive there in a matter of hours. Basically living in rural mostly dry and arid desert. That’s all you really need to know.
For my own personal reasons I will NOT take any requests to read/review anything by John Green or Anne Rice (or any of her pen names). I may read and review on my own terms but they won’t be by request.
This is very important: IF YOU WANT ME TO READ/REVIEW A BOOK THAT HAS ASSAULT, ABUSE, SEXUAL ASSAULT, RAPE, OR ATTEMPTED ANY OF THOSE, YOU NEED TO GIVE ME A CONTENT WARNING THAT THAT IS PART OF THE BOOK. WHEN REQUESTING ME TO READ SOMETHING JUST MAKE A NOTE IN THE REQUEST SAYING SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF “THIS BOOK CONTAINS (WHICHEVER OF THE ABOVE)”. THAT’S ALL IT NEEDS TO SAY. I LIKE KNOWING AHEAD OF TIME SO THAT I CAN READ IT ON A GOOD MENTAL HEALTH DAY TO WHERE IT’S NOT GOING TO SEND ME INTO FLASHBACKS OF MY OWN EXPERIENCES WITH THOSE. You’ll also get a fairer review about it.
I have 3 dogs and a turtle.
This is my box turtle. His name mostly is just turtle.
This is Bella. She’s some sort of terrier/chihuahua mix
This is our black lab Colleen.
And our pitbull mix (that might have greyhound in her (unsure about that), Mischief.
And A LOT of books. But not enough bookshelves…yet
and the big double sided one my dad and I built and I painted. The boxes, the bottom two are full and the top is maybe 1/4 full….so far I have 1500+ physical books in my room and 5,198 books on my kindle app. None of this counts books I have on google play or in pdf form. So to say I’m a lover of books is a serious understatement.