Some of my Books
When you take a closer look at this photo (and at this part of my bookshelf) you will learn a lot about me:
- I like to dive into strange and mysterious worlds. You’ll find two of Marion Zimmer-Bradley’s books: “Firebrand”, which is about the fall of Troja, and “the Mists of Avalon”.
- I like historical novels: Two books of Jean M. Auel, “The Valley of Horses”, and the German translation of “The Clan of the Cave Bear”. One book written by Ken Follett “The Pillars of the Earth”.
- I like any kind of suspense fiction authors – Stephen King, Wilbur Smith, Patricia Shaw and Barbara Wood.
The selection doesn’t sound very high class, does it? Not very intellectual. In Germany we have a differentiation between “Serious literature” and “Entertaining literature”, and the latter is frowned upon as sub-standard literature.Academics read that kind of literature as other people do, but they often pretend to read them only “because they have to write about them” – funny, isn’t it?
I think however, that a book which entertains the reader, which does not bore him, takes her into other worlds, makes her forget the world around her, is an excellent book.
My way of reading fiction is quite a strange one – I scan the book in order to find out if it is worth reading sentence for sentence. The second time I read the book wthout noticing how time goes by. And I have some books which I read more than once. These are the ones I keep, and some of them are among those on the shelf – the others I give away to a store where they are sold again for one Euro.
Of course I read non-fiction as well – software handbooks, biographies and autobiographies (although I would say that there is some part of fiction in autobiographies), and blog posts. But when I am dreaming of a reading retreat I dream of reading fiction.