Are you really surprised to hear that writers love to read as well? Of course not. As authors we create imaginary worlds but it is as much, if not even more, FUN to escape to someone else’s imaginary world as often as possible too.
As the third child in a family of six, my mother didn’t have time to read us all bedtime stories. Fortunately, I was blessed with a vivid imagination. I’d tell myself stories of fairy princesses and mythical creatures until I nodded off to sleep, and eventually moved on to making up new ones for my nieces and nephews as they grew up. You’d think that would mean I took to reading like a fish to water. Nuh-uh! School nearly squashed any desire I might have had to read a book when they put Thomas Hardy’s ‘The Woodlanders’ on our required reading list. It wasn’t until my early teens that I met Agatha Christie (fictionally speaking, of course) and discovered the real joy of reading. I still read mostly cozy mystery and quite enjoy the new-ish subgenre of light paranormal mystery.
Writing a review helps other readers to find a good book so I make an effort to write up my thoughts about a story I’ve enjoyed and then post it on GOODREADS – and no, I don’t take author requests or compensation of any kind; I’m strictly being a reader here! If you are also a reader, feel free to add your favourite mysteries in the comments for others to try along with why you enjoyed them. Nothing feels better than helping another reader find a great book. Here’s a list of books I think you might enjoy: