Originally from the UK but now living in Canada with her family, Pam is an active member of Bookshop Bistro, a keen reader, and lots of fun to talk to! We had a chat about what she likes about books, and this is what she told me…

What makes you want to read a book? Is it a great cover, a good blurb, a recommendation, or something else?  

The first two pages. If I can’t read the first two pages I probably won’t buy the book.

I’m the same – if it doesn’t grab me right away, I’m generally not interested. Can you remember when you first realised your love for reading?

My love for reading has always been a part of me, so no I can’t remember a specific point. I know that books were always a huge part of my childhood and my favourite present at Christmas and Birthdays. Every Christmas I received a big thick compendium of short stories.

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Did you read a lot as a child? 

CYSI was an avid reader as a child. My great-grandmother taught me to read before I went to school. I remember curling up on her ample lap and reading with her, although I don’t remember what books we read….probably the Bible.  Early books were about fairies – my mother used to leave me notes from ‘Tinkerbell’ telling me I had been a good girl or to try to be better at something or other. Throughout my early childhood I remember reading Enid Blyton books,  The Famous Five and The Secret Seven, Thomas the Tank Engine series was also a favourite.

Later in Grammar School, I read all the classics and one of my A-levels was in English Literature. I even enjoyed Chaucer (especially The Canterbury Tales) and Shakespeare. I vividly remember my father having a conniption when I came home with Lady Chatterley’s Lover to read.

Sounds idyllic – and very bookish! Do you have a strong opinion in the ‘E-Book v. Real Book’ debate? Which do you prefer and why?

No I don’t have a strong opinion either way. I think both have their place and use. Reading in the garden or anywhere outdoors, I prefer a printed book. Reading in waiting rooms or line-ups, I use my phone. Non-fiction books I prefer on my computer so I can easily take notes.

So, do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Why? 

I read both without preference. Fiction for escapism and non-fiction for life-long learning.

How about a favourite genre?

I don’t really have a favourite genre but if I had to choose one it would be Mystery and murder mysteries. Books like the Scarpetta Series by Patricia Cornwell or Inspector Rebus by Ian Rankin.

What are you reading at the moment? Enjoying it?  51QsgqmmC7L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_

In This Mountain by Jan Karon. It’s the seventh in the series of The Mitford Years. Thoroughly enjoying it, as I did the previous six! Totally different than my usual reads but given to me by a friend who thought I might enjoy them. She was right.

Thanks for taking part, Pam – it was fun to find out a bit more about your reading habits and you’ve given me plenty of shopping to do!


If you want to take part in the reader interviews, contact me – I’d love to hear from you 🙂 

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