Blogs to Stalk: The Compulsive Reader!

Every week, Figment features a blog that we think is all kinds of wonderful. This week, we’re featuring Tirzah Price of The Compulsive Reader!

The Compulsive Reader was born in 2007 when Tirzah Price, tired of having few people with whom to communicate her love of fiction and driven by her desire to share books she was passionate about, found blogging as an outlet. Her blog has become the go-to spot for finding informative and timely YA reviews.

Figment asked Tirzah: What is your earliest memory of books, or of writing?

Books and words have always been such an integral part of my life, it’s hard to distinguish between any one memory, especially when I start to reach way back. My parents like to tell everyone who asks that they started reading board books to me the minute they brought me home from the hospital. I do remember having a picture book about eight cats and their owner, a little girl, that I made my parents read to me so many time that I memorized every sentence and where it appeared on each page before I even learned to read. That impressed the babysitter.

If you wrote your own YA novel, what do you think your story would be about? What are some of your favorite YA tropes?

I have pages and pages of writing, mostly YA. One idea I’ve been playing around with is the concept of the catch-all box, or memory box, as the focal point of a novel. I have this weird obsession with never throwing anything away, and I have shoeboxes full of random little things that are associated with miscellaneous memories. I thought I was the only weird one that kept those sorts of boxes, until a friend revealed her own memory box to me, only hers was full of items she collected from her relationship with her ex-boyfriend. So, of course I had to write that into something, and The Ex Box was born.
I don’t know as I have any favorite tropes, but I love it when authors are able to move back and forth between past and present with their stories. It’s an art I’m working on perfecting…with interesting results.

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