When talking about my passion for reading and my reading tastes, I always say that it is largely influenced by my Dad. When I started reading, it was love at first sight and since then I have not stopped reading. Some friends say I seemed to devour books because aside from the fact that I am never without one, I also read very fast. And most of the books I read are those that my Dad has read and recommended. I guess it’s because these are the books and authors I see at home.
Once I graduated from the nursery and children's books, I went on to read Bobbsey Twins; I went on to read Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and realized I loved the mystery type books. The first fiction book from my Dad's that I read was the Godfather by Mario Puzo. And though I did not understand some of the terms, I was not hesitant about asking my aunt what they meant. There was a time that I read romance books like Mills and Boon, Harlequin and Silhouette books, in time I would return to the mystery, thriller type of books. So far some authors remain to be a favorite such as Puzo, Ludlum, Archer, discovered a love for new authors such as David Baldacci, Vince Flynn, Jon Land and Daniel Silva and Mary Higgins Clark. Oh, let us not forget that I also finished all the Harry Potter books.
When my brother sent his books I discovered a new genre that I also learned to love...I even now look for some of the David Gemmel and David Eddings books.
Yes my tastes vary a lot but essentially it is still reading. And I certainly believe that reading has taken me more places than watching TV has ever done. And that is one thing I hope my son also discovers.