On Siblings and Reading Habits
This week’s Booking Through Thursday question was about siblings and reading habits:
Do you have siblings?
Do they like to read?
Do/did you have the same taste in books?
(the last question is my own addition)
As most of my regular readers know, I have one brother, six years younger than me. Going by my memories, in childhood I think I might have read more ‘books’ while he was more into comic books and non-fiction – like the Guinness Book of World Records for example. (He always seemed to have a knack for remembering odd pieces of facts!) He was/is also more into science fiction than I was.
We do not read all the same books, but through the years there are some reading experiences that we have particularly enjoyed sharing. For one thing, we are both Anglophiles (loving all things British). For another, we both like listening to audio books, and prefer to read/listen to English books in English rather than in Swedish translation. We also both enjoy for example some of the same books in the fantasy genre, classic mysteries, and some historical novels.
One author that my brother introduced me to is Terry Pratchett; and as he has kept on collecting the audio books and feeding me with them, I think by now I have listened to all of them (and some even twice or more). I’ve never yet read one printed on paper though, which makes it a bit difficult to write proper reviews, go back and find quotes etc.
Between 1983 and 2011 there have been 39 Discworld novels published! Each book is a complete story, but there are also subseries within the series. The Wikipedia Discworld article gives a good introduction and some advice on reading order, if you’re not already familiar with the series and don’t know where to start.
The first one that my brother tempted me with was Guards! Guards! – the first in the City Watch subseries. It had dragons in it, so then I was hooked…