Earlier this week, I was honoured to be featured as part of the Triple Choice Tuesday series at Reading Matters, the blog of Australian reader Kimbofo (a.k.a. Kim). Reading Matters is a lovely blog, and one I have read right since I first discovered blogs (before I began one myself). That, together with Light Reading, showed me the true way. The true way being that one could write about reading on the Internet
and hence find other people, from Australia to Spain, from Canada to Denmark, from Ireland to the USA to New Zealand, or scattered throughout England, who share one's interests in this strange but compelling solitary pursuit of the mind.
I've been a keen reader since (apparently) the age of about three, when I am told I read out letters from slogans on the side of buses. I remember learning to read: the books were the Janet and John series and my father underlined every new word we encountered with a yellow crayon. I have my late father to thank for instilling in me a love of reading, and both my parents for always buying me a stack of books for every birthday and Christmas while I was growing up. As a family, my sisters, parents and I spent many an evening in quietness, all reading books.
I have read many great novels in my time, but these days I read mainly crime fiction. It's not great literature, but some of it is definitely superior fare (particularly translated novels). I feel a lot, and learn a lot, from reading it. As one who lives a largely solitary life even while surrounded by people, whether work or family, the books I read are my friends.
Enough of all this unusual introspection. Please do check out Triple Choice Tuesday to see my selections of a favourite book, a book that changed my world, and a book that deserves a wider audience. If you don't already know Kim's blog Reading Matters, I highly recommend it as a regular source of reading information and reviews of "mainly contemporary and modern fiction", often with an Australian or Irish accent.