My mother was an avid reader and she instilled the love of books in us at a very young age. She’s march us into the library each week or so to check out books, and every afternoon we were expected to take a nap, or read. I was not much of a nap taker so reading became my downtime. But the more I reflect on my childhood, it was her much needed “me” time, a break in the middle of the day from raising six young daughters while my father worked—and it gave her some uninterrupted reading time. Whenever I’d wander into my parent’s bedroom, I often glanced at the stack of novels on her nightstand, a different one migrating to the top of the pile every few days.
To name a favorite author or genre would depend on my age! I grew up on Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, then discovered Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot series. I soon included Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, Sherlock Holmes in my horde of mysteries. I fell in love with fantasy thanks to Anne McCaffrey and her Dragonriders of Pern series, and then introduced to science fiction with Frank Herbert’s Dune while in college. I uncovered additional mystery and suspense writers in my young adulthood that included Ian Flemings James Bond novels and Patricia Cornwell’s Scarpetta books. As I grew older, I loved reading J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter with my son and will always cherish being swept away to such an imaginative world by an author who did so much to turn children, and adults, onto reading.
As you can see, I have eclectic tastes that shift often, but the first rule of my reading pleasure is escapism. A world unlike any other, characters that I love to hang out with, or a mystery that only I can solve, perhaps before the protagonist! I enjoy larger than life backdrops and chilling suspense. Who doesn’t?
What do you enjoy! Which author got you excited to read? What’s on your nightstand, right now? Drop me a note and let me know 🙂