I enjoy reading a variety of genres from literary fiction to bestsellers to fantasy. I use reading as a form of escapism, so I appreciate a book with good world building and a descriptive setting that lets me immerse myself in the story’s location, be it a fantasy world, a foreign location in our world, or another part of the country. I also like books with good character development and likable characters.

I love the romantic classics by Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Thomas Hardy, and Daphne Du Maurier, and also enjoy watching cinematic or TV productions based on their books. My all-time favorite Mr. Darcy is Colin Firth in the BBC series of Pride and Prejudice.

My love of fantasy began with the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. Some other favorites are A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice, The Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones and The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington.  Other books with elements of fantasy are Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, The First 15 Lives of Harry August by Claire North, and The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley.

I also like to read historical fiction, particularly wartime novels or books set in Asia. I love the poetic writing style of Michael Ondaatje in Warlight and The English Patient and Gail Tsukiyama’s The Samurai’s Garden. Other favorites are Shogun by James Clavell, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, A Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh, and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres.

When it comes to movies I enjoy romantic comedies like Love, Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral. I also like The Princess Bride and Ever After. For adventure, I like all the Indiana Jones and James Bond films. For a good laugh I like The Full Monty, A Fish Called Wanda, and Monty Python movies. For television, nothing beats a good British detective drama. Some I have enjoyed include Shetland, Broadchurch, Happy Valley, Hinterland, Death in Paradise, Spooks (MI-5), and Sherlock. For reality TV, I prefer the gentle competition of The Great British Baking Show and the Japanese dating shows Ainori: Love Wagon and Terrace House.

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