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Jan
20

Must read books

Hobby Reading

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am not a man of rare intellect, but I am a book lover and I think it is my duty to share my list of must read books that I have read to my readers.

Book reading is a hobby to some, addiction to others and for few people, it is the life force that keeps them going.

Books help us learn things that we could have never learnt. Books help us gain experience that we could never experience. Books let us into someone else’s mind. Someone else’s thoughts and their dreams.

Great people always read books

If you have ever read biographies of great people, you will learn that almost all of them read books and often it was the books that they read made them the way they were. Their success was not entirely because of books, but books played a big part of their growing up years, shaping them and guiding them to success.

My list of must-read books

Below I have shared few books that have guided me through my bad times. They have motivated me and helped me reach a stage from where I can see the world and form my own opinions.

  1. You can win by Shiv Khera
  2. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
  3. The 7 habits of highly successful people by Stephen R. Covey
  4. The Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma
  5. A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini
  6. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  7. The Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkien
  8. Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  9. The Diary of a young girl by Anne Frank
  10. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  11. Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan
  12. Train to Pakistan by Kushwant Singh
  13. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  14. Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
  15. The night train at Deoli and other stories by Ruskin Bond

This is just a list of books I like, and there are hundreds of awesome books that I have read but not mentioned here. I hope in future I will update this list. And possibly I will write reviews of all the books and divide them based on their genre.

Share your favorite books in the comment section below.

Jan
11

How to develop the habit of reading books

Best thing to do while traveling in a train: Read Awesome Books.

Once, not long ago I was traveling in a train. It was a long journey and the climate was somewhat cold and moist.

For someone like me, who has been a book lover all his life, the best thing to do was to curl up with a book. And I really did that, I opened my book bag (people keep laptop bags, mobile bags etc., I maintain a book bag) and took a book and got immersed into the fictional world.

A person sitting opposite to me, asked, how are you able to read a book isn’t it boring? Lengthy and takes days to complete a single story.

That was offensive, really considering Reading as a boring thing to do is offensive and it offends us, the book readers.

Boring? Is Reading boring? Do you really think reading is boring? Share your thoughts in the comments section at the end of this post.

Why People don’t feel like reading books?

I asked few of my friends, why don’t they read books? Most answered that it looks boring and why to read a book when you can watch something better on Television or on the internet.

Television and the internet are the biggest reasons why people, especially kids these days don’t read books.

Why spend days and weeks reading The Lord of the Rings when you can simply watch it online whenever you want. Why waste time, Right?

Well, these negative words about book reading will surely hurt any book lover. Surely it does hurt me when my friends brag about how they watched the whole Harry Potter series in a week.

While the binge watchers might be thinking they have watched the whole series, they surely are missing a lot of tiny details that make the Novels special.

How to get into the habit of reading books?

If you are an adult and have never read a book it might feel a little difficult to read a book. but don’t worry, reading a book isn’t a Rocket Science, it’s plain and simple.

You might not know but you have read many books while in school unless of course if you never went to a school there might be some possibility that you might not have read any book.

Important facts:

Our mind subconsciously keeps on doing things we don’t realize. It notices tiny details on the paintings, your mind sometimes counts your steps and most of the time your mind reads the text that is around you.

Your subconscious mind reads text that is around you. It might be newspaper headlines, junk mail or the hoardings and the billboards.

What I mean to imply is that no matter what, you read. You have been reading so much text and it is all stored in your brain.

By default you are a reader. You just don’t know it yet.

Now coming to the actual steps to get into the reading habit.

  1. Select a book.
  2. Start reading it.

That’s it.

All it takes to take up reading as a hobby is to buy/borrow a book. Find the time to read and start reading.

It might be helpful if you find a peaceful place to read. Keep away from distractions.

Turn that television off.

When you start reading, make sure you read each and every word. It helps, reading the details and the explanation.

If you are reading a Novel or a storybook, make sure you follow the story. Make sure that you understand the situation and the overall plot of the novel.

Do not forget to imagine. Imagination is important to understand the story. Visualize the story, the more clearly in your mind the better.

Research

Before you buy a book, it’s good to research about what books you love and what are the best selling books in the genre you love.

Well, developing the habit of reading books takes time and practice.

Just keep reading good books.

Do share your favorite books in the comment section below.

Dec
26

Why do you read books

How I developed reading habit.

I was probably 12-year-old when I started reading books. I was in the 5th grade and I had fallen ill, a bad case of typhoid if I remember correctly.

I was ill, I was young, and I wasn’t supposed to go back to school until I was well. And I got bored and I started reading books, newspapers, novels. I read whatever I could lay my hands on.

I started out by reading stories from my school syllabus. I finished reading every possible book from that particular academic year.

I went on borrowed school books from my brother, sisters and I enjoyed reading those books. When I completed reading those books, I started reading the religious books that we had at our home, finished those too.

I was still bored. I was still ill. I was hungry, I needed more books.

During the summer break, later that year, I started to read more books. In the beginning reading books was just a way to ward off boredom but later it became a hobby, a habit.

I read novels, short stories, poetry, Non-fiction. Basically, I read everything I could get.

Benefits of reading.

For me, reading has been therapeutic, motivating and something that helped me keep away from boredom. And also, I got to know the world. I gained a lot of knowledge and it helped me improve my vocabulary, grammar, and general knowledge.

To summarize the things reading habit helped my, below are some important improvements:

  1. It helped me improve my vocabulary.
  2. It helped me gain knowledge of various things.
  3. It helped me improve my speaking and writing skills.
  4. It helped and motivated me to pursue a career in writing.

I was 18 or 19 when I first read the bestselling novel The Godfather and in the next few years, I had read most of the classical novels by Emily Bronte, William Shakespeare, Arthur Conan Doyle and many more.

Each of us has a different reason why we read. I use to read because I was bored. I read now because I love gaining more knowledge. It helps me be a better person. It helps me think better and concentrate on things that are important. It allows me to stay focused. Reading is like meditating.

Why do you read? Tell me in the comments section below.