A Book Lover's Paradise
I think I have always been in love with books. My mother used to call me Hamlet as
a child, as I'd go everywhere with a book - usually with my nose stuck in it. I'm
not nearly as bad now - mainly because (sadly) it is very hard to drive while
reading! Instead, I make do with reading plenty while commuting.|
Unlike with music, I very definitely have a list of authors who I read avidly.
Terry Pratchett, J. K. Rowling, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Terry Goodkind,
James Patterson and Joanne Harris head the list, with me buying each of their new
books as soon as they are released. Next are a wider group of authors, including
(in no particular order) Katherine Kerr, Robert Aspirin, Stephen King, David
Eddings, Terry Brooks, Anne Rice, Anne McCaffrey, Stephen Donaldson, Harlan Coben,
Laurell K. Hamilton, Geroge R. R. Martin, Tess Gerritsen, Sue Grafton, James
Clemens and Karin Slaughter - in many cases I haven't managed to read all of their
existing books yet, so I'm in no position to be keeping up!
Until the last year or two, Most of my books have been Fantasy/Sci-Fi. I still
read fantasy books avidly, but have taken to buying anything that looks like it
might be interesting (or usually - has an eyecatching or graphically stunning
cover) when I run out of reading material mid-travel, and have also been getting
very into crime/murder mystery novels - both detective fiction and
Cornwell/Reichs-like medical examiner type books. I've also read a variety of
other generic "adult fiction" such as Joanne Harris and others, and on the topic
of "adult" fiction, I do enjoy the Black Lace books!
Fiction all the way?
Actually, while most of my bookshelves are usually lined with novels, various
shelf space (when I've had shelves) has also been devoted to other subjects. I
have stacks of cookery, handicraft and gardening books, and a recent interest in
herb lore and alternative therapies generated a reasonable pile.