I have been reading for the most part of my life. Ever since Ms. Devoy taught me on the “Dick and Jane” primers in the first grade, I have been hooked! So, let’s do some math here (a mathematical whiz, I am NOT). Okay…carry the three…multiply by four…add six because six is a good number…I have been reading for going on 48 years.
In the beginning, I was absorbed with Science Fiction and Fantasy. Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert E. Howard and J.R.R. Tolkien were my best friends. Oh, and there were more, so many more. I could not get enough of the space battles, The Three Laws of Robotics, Conan the Barbarian, wizards, elves, Hobbits, and so on and so forth.
Then. my grandfather (God rest his soul), turned me on to mysteries. It all started with watching Ellery Queen on Sunday nights with him. I sat there enthralled and he said the magic words “You know, there are books.” Oh my! I had to get to the library!!!!! And go to the library I did. I spent the day there reading out of one of the books, and checked out two more. I was on the hunt for more. I discovered Alfred Hitchcock, Agatha Christie, The Hardy Boys (I went through 53 of those books) and more!
I kept up a steady diet of Sci-fi/Fantasy/Mystery and discovered the joys of Horror by way of Stephen King! I hungered for the scare, and got to the point where I needed something more hardcore and discovered John Skipp and Craig Spector, the guys who brought on the “splatterpunk” movement.
History and westerns came next. Actually, I think it is safew to say that they were there all along. I have always had a love of history, even in grade/high school. Especially World War II history. Now, I fire all over the historical map, but I always go back to my first historical love. Gordon W. Prange, Stephen Ambrose, Cornelius Ryan, Michael and Jeff Shaara, Bernard Cornwell, etc.
Westerns came on the whim of a cover. I saw a man clinging to a canyon wall, and I had to see what got him up there, and how he got down! Boom! A love of westerns was born! Louis L’Amour, Zane Grey, Matt Braun, Dusty Richards, Ralph Compton, Ralph Cotton, and the list goes on!
Then I made the jump to thrillers. I know, “Gee Ninetoes, what kind of ‘thrillers’?” Well, dear readers, all kinds. From political, to military, to spy, and everything in between! I think I have found what my reading mind has been craving! They are like being on a roller coaster without having to actually get on a roller coaster! James Patterson, Andrew Gross, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy. I can read them all the live long day!
I can honestly say I cannot wait to see what I discover next! My mind is like a sponge, it absorbs words and ideas like a sponge takes in water.
I’ll see you in the bookstore.