Peter from Worldman left an interesting comment about reading all kinds of books. A few years ago some people I know were clearing out their book shelves. They had both worked in New York for the United Nations before they retired and had a pile of English books which they passed on to me. There were books of many different styles of writing and I decided that I would make an effort to read them all, even the ones that I thought I wouldn’t enjoy. I loved them all and they opened up even more avenues of reading for me. The only book I didn’t finish was a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. I will read it one day.
The second point that Worldman’s comment brought to mind was about re-reading books. As I’ve grown older I’ve revisited many of the books I enjoyed in the past, some of them several times Its been interesting to see how my ideas about the characters has changed as my own experiences have made me hopefully wiser. I recommend this exercise to everyone – I think that you would be surprised!