For as long as I can remember, I have loved reading books. The transformation from "mommy, read me a story" to "I can read them myself!" in first grade was nothing less than thrilling.
Both of my parents were voracious readers. My father's love was newspapers - politics and current events - and my mother's love was fiction. I remember going to the public library once every two weeks. I would pick out two books - and my mother would carry out a stack of ten.
My love has not diminished with the years. Even though I read newspapers and the internet for news political commentary and personal stories - I find that I need a daily dose of fiction to wind down at the end of the day. Life in Israel can be intense - so a shot of escapism on a regular basis is very important to me.
Living in my little village has a lot of advantages - but English books in the tiny library we have is not one of them. The English speakers on my yishuv regularly trade books, which we purchase in the used bookstore in the nearest city. Depending on others for books has one advantage - I read things that I would probably not pick up on my own. My first love is mysteries, but lately I've read both historical fiction and fantasy (Eye of the World).
Lately I've come across a used bookstore with a web site where you can order books online and have them delivered by mail (local postage!).
Sounds great, right? It would be, if I knew what to look for! I usually choose books by reading the first page. I ignore all of the blurbs on the cover, which are written by marketing people who only want to SELL. It is sort of like ignoring the used car salesman's pitch and just taking the car for a test drive. The problem with this method is that I can't do it virtually.
So this is where you come in, my dear blog readers. What books and authors do you recommend? I love good mysteries - my favorite authors are P.D. James and Elizabeth George, but I am also up for any good fiction, including historical fiction and fantasy.
Thank you in advance.