Today’s question from BTT is – Have your book-tastes changed over the years? More fiction? Less? Books that are darker and more serious? Lighter and more frivolous? Challenging? Easy? How-to books over novels? Mysteries over Romance?
I’ve always liked reading a wide range of books, so the quick answer to this question is “No”.
However, my reading does go in phases. When I was a child I loved fairy stories – I still like those and ghost stories, but not horror – I don’t read horror. Later at secondary school history was one of my favourite subjects and when I came across Jean Plaidy I became hooked on historical fiction. I read as many of her books as I could find in the library and any other historical fiction as well. Sadly, I never bought any of them or I sure I would have read them over and over by now. I still like historical fiction; from then on it has been a staple of my reading diet. I also like detective stories and at the same time as the historical fiction binge I also devoured many Agatha Christie books. I went back to them last year along with other detective series. I also like and have always liked science fiction, writers, such as Asimov and Frank Herbert; and the classics and early twentieth century authors.
Whenever I find authors I like I try to read all their books. I don’t limit my reading, (apart from horror) and although I do like romance and read some chick-lit I’ve never read any Mills and Boon. I read mainly fiction, but like to have some non-fiction on the go as well. In the past I’ve read a lot of religious, spiritual and philosophical books, and I still like to read something on these lines every now and then. I read and have always read lots of cookery books, travel books, biographies and autobiographies, letters and diaries, books on health, exercise and yoga, how-to books, books on diet, nature, wildlife, and mythology etc, etc. Recently I’ve become interested in the Second World War and am reading both factual accounts, diaries and novels.
At one time I thought my reading diet had become stale – I seemed to be picking the same type of books – and so I decided to take an Open University degree. This did broaden my reading and I started to read and enjoy more modern writers and writers I’d never heard of before. Since blogging I’ve come across many, many new (to me) authors, which is one of the reasons I love reading other people’s reviews in their blogs.
I just love books and reading.