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.
Did you read a lot as a child?
I 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?
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 🙂