I’m just an ordinary guy who through circumstances has had four careers – farming, aviation, international transport and until recently, translation. This has taught me a lot about various interacting parts of society and cultures. I now know that our basic interests are the same – we wish the best for our families and ourselves – but we have to bow to the customs and usages of the country where we live.
I think it is very useful to read or re-read books or their translations written a hundred or more years ago to realize that language has changed but people have not. I love reading Russian, French and of course English authors of that time to which I would now add Italian (think of Buzzati, more modern) and some North African writers.
But good thrillers like John Grisham’s are more than worthwhile (read them all!) where there is never a dull phrase -amazing.
Could go on and on but won’t. Just keep reading anything and everything you find interesting.