Booking Through Thursday

Have your reading choices changed over the years? Or pretty much stayed the same? (And yes, from childhood to adulthood we usually read different things, but some people stick to basically the same kind of book their entire lives, so…)

Superficially, yes. I started reading kids’ books such as Pippi Longstockings and the Famous Five. (Also Pekka Töpöhäntä and about the Twin Detectives but I don’t think those have been translated into English.) Then it was the horse books and detectives such as the Black Stallion, Nancy Drew, Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators, and Hardy boys. I was also very interested in Native Americans and read comics and books about them. I also read the kids’ version of the King Arthur tales and Robin Hood, and watched “Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds” almost religiously.

I also read Tolkien’s Hobbit, E. R. Burroughs’ Barsoom books, and Susan Cooper’s the Dark is Rising but I didn’t really get into fantasy until I was 12 or 13 and started role playing (the pen and paper variety. Home computers didn’t even exist then.). Then I went through a serious epic fantasy phase with Eddings, Weiss and Hickman, Hobb, and Salvatore. This is when I started to read in English with, yes, Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms books. I dabbled in science fiction but it quickly became clear that women were Not Wanted as characters or readers, so I quickly dumped it.

Then I started to burn out of epic and I didn’t really know that any other form of fantasy even existed. Luckily, I bought Zelazny’s the Great Book of Amber (I though it was just one Fat Fantasy book. Heh!) and promptly fell in love with fantasy again. I found Lois McMaster Bujold and realized that women can be in SF books. When I was in the university, I got a Minor in history and started to read historical fiction again. These days I read fantasy, SF, historical mystery, and mystery.

So, it’s pretty clear that I’ve always looked for adventure and excitement. In that sense, my reading hasn’t changed much.