I don’t think you can be a good writer without being a reader.
For now I love reading above all literary novels (a genre that covers everything from contemporary literature to classics on endless themes). To be honest I will read anything I can get my hands. The hardest thing about moving overseas to a non-english speaking country is the lack of English books.
Sicily is infamously monolingual and isn’t like other big Italian cities filled with large expat communities with access to bookshops and alike. Thank God for the internet and for the fact that we are so close to the U.K where I can get my daily dose of reading and packages of books every once in a while.
My list of favourite writers is way too long for words and my tastes are constantly changing. I basically fall in love with anything well crafted which takes me into its world. At times I can be a bit of a snob about what I read, I guess it’s because I was an English Literature major.
I have a special connection to Shakespeare. I’ve strangely always been able to understand him. I used to consider myself a poet and so sinking my teeth into Shakespeare reminds me of the magic of language, its ability to be re-invented and remain vibrant through the ages.
I love the Romantic poets (Wordsworth, Keats and Byron), world literature particularly Italian writers (Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, Luigi Pirandello) and since moving here to Sicily I’ve also clumsily and painfully read Italian dipping into the world of Sicilian literature (Elio Vittorini, Vitaliano Brancati, Matteo Collura).
Reading is a strange addiction which lasts a lifetime and is never satisfied, rather it becomes ever more insatiable as time passes. I’m intrigued by words and there are so many writers who illustrate how magical an expression writing can be.
What’s your addiction?