By Pamela Moeng
Thanks to Damaria I've been reading an author I never tried before, not that she hasn't been proclaiming her enjoyment of him for many years. My first thought was, "This is scary!" But I continued reading to the end and enjoyed the book: Cold Fire by Dean Koontz.
The closest I'd been to this kind of thriller was Stephen King's Thinner and John Gresham's law-oriented crime thrillers. My partner is a lawyer and he introduced me to the author and after reading one, I haunted bookshops looking for more.
Ken Follet's Eye of the Needle was something I had read in high school and reading his Jackdaws reminded me how much I enjoy his work. Now both my man and I are hooked on finding more.
A person's bookshelf speaks volumes, I think. Mine probably shouts, "Split personality!" Romances share space with language teaching books, business and marketing books, what my mother dubs New Age hooeyness, children's books, religious books from a range of religions, and self-help pop psych(o) books.
Variety is the spice of life, I'm told and certainly my reading pleasure has been enhanced by forays, reluctant or not, into genres I had hitherto scorned. In the USA, I think Oprah - wouldn't you just love to be so famous someone simply breathing your first name was enough of an introduction? - singlehandedly revitalised the book industry.
I like to find out what genres and which authors people read. Not pretend to read because they think everyone else is, but really read for pure pleasure. I'm not ashamed of my love of chick lit and romances.
What is on your bedside table? What is your favourite genre and why?