What You’re Reading: Results
Well, yesterday’s exercise has proven to be a fascinating experience, both here and on Twitter. The heartening news is that we all seem to be reading far above the national average (perhaps it’s just readers on this site and similar book sites).
But I’m more interested in the quite extraordinary range of reading.
There’s very little overlap in your tastes; while crime, SF and fantasy feature quite heavily it’s not all genre reading – there’s world literature and non-fiction, and a lot of niche novels, unusual and quite hard to find books which have now been added to my personal reading list and will end up costing me a small fortune.
Reading, we all seem to agree, is good for mental health. It keeps our language sharp and our minds fresh. We’re quite casual and proud about our eclectic tastes. Ian Luck drops in a casual mention of ‘Gargantua and Pantagruel’, Kit’s reading about DNA, SteveB’s reading in German, and Nick Kirby admits to having to plough through Dr Who for his son. Roger offers the most eclectic and abstruse mix of reading, adding ‘Kai Lung Raises his Voice’ by Ernest Bramah, a book and author about which and whom I have not the faintest clue.
There’s a definite sinister edge to a lot of the reading – plenty of devils and demons – we don’t do heartwarming romance here and apparently have little time for sentiment. Are we representative of readers in general, or at the extreme end of the graph? It’s very hard to tell but I expect the latter. Only Barry Wilson had the courage to admit he doesn’t’t read and prefers cinema.
The selection in the photograph represented my current reading for the month, but I’m also reading several books about coroners by women in UK pathology departments (research) and Oliver Tearle’s ‘The Secret Library’ because we’re interviewing each other on stage this afternoon at the Stratford-Upon-Avon Literary Festival.
And yes, Brooke, that’s ‘Islanders’, and very enjoyable, although it makes me think I may not be visiting too many of the British Isles, as some of them sound pretty grim.
Have a great weekend of reading – it’s raining here in London, so after Stratford I’ll be curled up with a book, then heading for the paperback fair tomorrow.