Jonathan Meyer, contributing blogger
Jonathan graduated from Indiana University in 2004 and has been steadily losing maturity ever since. When he's not reading fantasy novels or catching up on DVR, Jon makes his living as a treasury bond trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, but finds it difficult to focus while daydreaming of playing golf on the coast of Oregon or drinking Cruzcampo in Sevilla. A passionate sports fan, Jon can be found yelling at his television on lazy Sunday afternoons, attemting to compensate for the fact that he'd rather be playing than watching. He is excited to be a part of Oy! and looks forward to sharing his unique and often curmudgeonly views.
ARTICLES BY THIS AUTHOR
On August 20, 2010 I experienced a life changing event. I was told to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. "Better than Twilight, not as good as Harry Potter" was the way it was described to me. Being the fantasy book geek that I am, that's all I needed to know. As early as the last sentence of the first paragraph, "This is the day of the reaping" I was hooked.
Because my first post had absolutely nothing to do with Judaism, and Oy! just happens to be a Jewish blog, I thought I'd give a few recs of Jewish-themed fiction novels that I know everyone will love. If you're not very religious, or even not Jewish at all, don't worry, these are novels that all can enjoy, but do have either Jewish characters or Jewish themes.
"The Circus arrives without warning...It is simply there, when yesterday it was not." These are the opening words to what will probably be the next phenomenon in Young Adult literature. Released in fall of 2011 The Night Circus has all the necessary elements to captivate its readers as much if not more than The Hunger Games and its other YA/Fantasy counterparts.
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, the man who never reads lives only one." This quote from the fifth installment of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series sagely states the reason why many of us are so passionate about reading. We can project ourselves, if just for a little, into the life of a character.
When I walked into the lobby and saw house elves, my interest was piqued, but it wasn't until I saw wands and potions for sale and Snape looming that I truly felt at home. No, this wasn't Hogwarts, this was LeakyCon. Recently I had the pleasure of attending this Harry Potter conference named for the series' fictional bar the Leaky Cauldron.
It’s amazing the changes one goes through over the course of a lifetime. For example, I am now never without a book, however when growing up you couldn’t pay me to read for pleasure. I was also never very devoted to academics and yet recently I willingly enrolled myself in grad school.
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