Why do I love books? If I had to put my finger on one reason, it would be escapism. To briefly live out someone elses life via pages. I’ve read intensively from quite an early age, always reading ahead of my age group. Not too much of a boast since a lot of things I was behind on 😉
I remember teachers being exasperated and not knowing what to give me to read and trying to find suitable things. I just loved it! I think my love of re-reading stems right from then as there just wasn’t enough out there to satisfy my voracious appetite.
I get such an excited feeling of pleasure when I get a book I haven’t read yet (something which gets harder all the time!) especially if it’s a book I’ve been waiting for and really anticipated. I get a lovely warm feeling when I pick up a much loved book to re-read, always discovering something new each time I do and it’s like greeting an old friend. I read very fast which means I can miss a lot of subtle things so on a re-read, I pick those up.
My dad used to make up bedtime fairy stories for me and my sister and I attribute my love of fantasy to him 🙂 I think I was about 13 when I was bored one summer holiday and picked up J.R.R. Tolkiens – Lord of the Rings (all 3 books in one volume). I didn’t understand half of it but I loved it anyway and every couple of years I would re-read it, getting more and more out of it as my understanding grew with maturity.
Anne McCaffrey was a firm favourite early on as well, my school librarian was a fan so there were a good few of her books available – I never looked back! and still love her work some 17 years on. David Eddings, Terry Brooks, R.A. Salvatore, David Gemmell also became much loved around that time.
My tastes have evolved a lot, Fantasy is still my first love but there just simply isn’t enough in the genre to support my ‘habit’ so I pretty much read anything I can get my hands on although I never could read non-fiction apart from the odd comedy book – I think it interferes with the escapism I so love with fiction. I already know how bad or ugly the world today can be, I don’t need to read about it. I also particularly enjoy crime, urban fantasy / supernatural fiction and lighthearted chick lit, but as I said, if it’s fiction, I’ll give it a try 😉
My name is Grete Evans… and I am a book addict… 🙂