Reading has always been one of my favourite pastimes. To me, there is no other activity that is more peaceful or relaxing than snuggling up with a great book.
Of course, as I just wrote that, I realized that much of what I read is neither peaceful nor relaxing. I love dramatic fiction, gravitating most towards stories where families are dealing with a traumatic event that either draws them together or tears them apart. Often the traumatic events are those of a criminal nature and often lead to me drifting into the psychological thriller genres. And while I love the suspense of these books, there have been many of nights where I have been wide awake in bed, aware of every creak and rumble in my house, wishing that I had NEVER brought them home.
Thinking about that, I should maybe just stick with biographies for nighttime reading as they are usually a guaranteed hit for me. I have always been interested in the lives that people have lived (entertainers, activists, historical figures, etc), their struggles, their victories, the stories they are compelled to tell and the style in which they tell them, hopefully with a laugh or two along the way.
I was an avid reader as a child and always, always had my favourites. However, also employed as a Library Technician with the school board, I have definitely found both laugh-out-loud and make-you-think titles that have become new favourites and that I have loved sharing with students.
When I’m not reading, I love board games, bowling, concerts and live music, walking my dog and laughing with friends.
Biographies and Real Events