Last night I woke up at 3:00 and sleep didn't come back. And why---WHY---would my self thwart myself like that? Sleep is good! Sleep is nice! Four in the morning is not a time to be sitting in a recliner with a cat and a book, however pleasant a way that might be to spend the time during the day.
I'm reading a book right now that I'll officially recommend to you if it finishes as well as it has begun and middled: The Good Psychologist by Noam Shpancer. I am mesmerized, MESMERIZED. I just love it and love it. Not only am I enjoying the plot, I'm finding the content literally therapeutic. Like, I am LEARNING PSYCHOLOGICAL TRUTHS and HAVING PSYCHOLOGICAL INSIGHTS. Or rather, being led like a willing and placid lambie to those truths and insights. You could read this book as therapy, is what I'm saying, and yet it's entertaining and it's fiction, not textbooky.
Plus, the author photo is pleasing to look at. I like a good author photo. Things that can make an author photo NOT a good author photo include but are not limited to: author putting her hands unnaturally at her face to hide a double chin; author using her upper arms to make her boobs look bigger; author looking like she had the photo taken at Glamor Shots; author perceptibly airbrushed. (I read mostly female authors. For men the pitfall list is less defined, and goes something like "Looking like a jerk.")
Good author photos are harder to make lists about. The EFFECT of a good author photo is that I feel like I know and recognize and like the author, and I want to keep looking at him or her periodically as I'm reading. The photo should coordinate with the style of the book. I shouldn't feel as if the author is trying to show us his/her most flattering angle, even if he or she IS in fact doing so.
One of my favorite author photos is this one from Suzanne Finnamore's book The Zygote Chronicles (I've deliberately linked to the unavailable hardcover rather than to the available paperback, because book cover art is IMPORTANT and the hardcover captures the book whereas the paperback does not), taken by Kate Powers:
And another good one is Noam Shpancer's, taken by Mia Lewis:
The more of the book I read, the more I like the photo, which is another sign of a good author photo.
Follow-up: I REALLY liked the book. I officially recommend.
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