As a literature professor, much of my reading involved preparing to teach my classes or to stay up with my discipline. So some years ago, I resolved to make a point of also reading for pleasure, so as to remind myself why I got into this profession in the first place.
My problem is that, as a literature professor, my standards are high, so the pleasure reading has to be really well-written. The Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian met my criteria, and after reading all of those wonderful seafaring novels, I craved more. So I turned to the 10-book Hornblower saga by C. S. Forester. In many ways, I liked these novels even better than O’Brian’s, with their moody, introverted hero, full of self-doubts while always succeeding brilliantly, their exciting action scenes, and their twisty plots.