Monday, April 05, 2010
Re: How We Choose Which Crime/Westerns/Science Fiction to Read
I am always amazed at the number of books unfamiliar to me that get reviewed on Friday's Forgotten Books. Oh, yes that's the point of it, but still....
Where were these books when I began reading crime fiction? I started reading it at the end of the sixties as a teenager, and despite reading two or so crime fiction novels a week, I've never read most of the ones mentioned here.
What I read was entirely influenced by what my local libraries bought until fairly recently. I couldn't afford to buy books-first my husband was a student, then we had two children on his small salary. So I read what my librarians bought-which were not Gold Medal crime books-or anything released in paperback at all. They also steered clear of noirish books. Mainstream mysteries.
So while most of the FFB reviewers were reading writers who often show up on Fridays, I was reading another group entirely. What my local library bought formed my reading tastes. What formed yours? What drew you to the first books you read?