What were your favorite books growing up? How did those influence your choice of a favorite genre when you got older?
I then moved on to pony books, which was somewhat odd as I wasn't actually a huge fan of horses and whilst I did go riding with Mother a couple of times, I didn't enjoy it.
After that I moved on the things like Sherlock Holmes, Raffles, the Star Trek episode adaptations by James Blish and crime/detective books in general.
Given my favourite genre today is crime/detective/mystery, I guess the books I read in my middle-later childhood did indeed influence me.
Plus, I tended when I got into fandoms such as Starsky & Hutch and The Professionals to read the episode adaptations. And I've just remembered I actually still have the James Blish books.
And I actually do still have a few Enid Blyton books which I read and still love.