I've always been an avid reader, but these days I struggle to get as much time for it as I'd like. I usually have several books on the go at any one time. There are books I dip in to, and books I read from cover to cover and don't want to put down.

I read a mix of different genres and authors and don't have any particular favourite style. I tend to focus on books with a connection to a place I'm interested in - this could be a book set in the place, about the place, or by an author from the place.

I'm also interested in books with anything to do with any of my interests - so books about travel, the outdoors, food, religions, maps, volcanoes, or even books about books.

When I'm tired and just want an easy read then I'll tend to read detective stories - they're my literary version of comfort food.

Authors I'm particularly fond of include Michel Faber, Barbara Nadel, Mehmet Murat Somer, Sue Grafton, Kathy Reichs, Bill Bryson, Alexander McCall Smith, and Stephen Booth, to name but a few.

Below are links to my posts on particular books.

At Home by Bill Bryson
Getting Things Done by David Allen
Independent People by Halldor Laxness
The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
The Killer's Guide to Iceland by Zane Radcliffe
Guide Books to Iceland (various)
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
The Black House by Peter May
Ice Station by Matthew Reilly