As far as I remember, my entire life I have been a voracious reader. I love the feeling of starting a new book; it’s like some new story waiting to divulge itself. I love the touch and feel of those pages and smell of that freshly printed new book. It takes me to the world, no words could describe aptly, so I won’t even give it a try.
If writing is a solitary art, reading is a solitary pleasure.
You can be in a room full of people and still be in some different space and time, living through different characters and their stories.
I strongly believe people who read are better at expressing and can speak their mind in a much better way. They are better at relating to things and their logics are unbeatable.
Although I am not into political debates, I love to binge watch Shashi Tharoor’s talks. He is a perfect blend of intellect and charm and is the epitome of knowledge of arcane English vocabulary.
“After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colours of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer’s breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as they do for the writer – perhaps more.”
— Jasper Fforde (The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next #3))
I was very much into fictions and Nicholas sparks Cecelia Ahern kind of books as a teenager. All the characters from these novels are so close to my heart that I really get offended when they turn it into a movie and the character-sketch is not as I had it in my head.
I have transitioned from fiction to non-fiction and then back to fiction way too many times, so now I just go with whatever floats my boat.
I have got a kindle for myself because “who are we kidding?”It’s convenient and I can’t afford the luxury of one more closet for my books (F.Y.I—I already have two). Though I miss the joy of paper-back format I like the ease of having all books just a click away.
I ended up reading 65 books in the last two years and was very much disappointed with myself when I was updating it on Goodreads.
“If you aren’t on Goodreads, you should be. I’ve said it before; it’s like Facebook for readers on crack.”
— Colleen Hoover.
It keeps you motivated and gives you recommendations for next book.
So this year my goal is to read 100 books, I took this Goodreads challenge 7 days back. So far, so good (2 down 98 to go.)
If you are a reader and are on similar challenge. High five.
If you are not a reader, I urge you from the bottom of my heart to read anything that interests you.
In an era of viewers, be a reader.
“Every reader, as he reads, is actually the reader of himself. The writer’s work is only a kind of optical instrument he provides the reader so he can discern what he might never have seen in himself without this book. The reader’s recognition in himself of what the book says is the proof of the book’s truth.”
— Marcel Proust (Time Regained (In Search of Lost Time, #7))