“A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket.” — Chinese Proverb 

I love reading. Each time I read a new book, I am stretched as a person. I am exposed to new thoughts, I ponder over them, evaluate them, dream about them and even embrace.

“To read is to fly.” – A. C. Grayling

I am whisked away to new places to enjoy conversations with new friends. There are passages in a book that I will read a couple of times over and over again; and even out aloud to myself. There is strange comfort in listening to words said, its like the sound of the words makes them powerful and meaningful. Like listening to a a powerful orator.

“What is reading but silent conversation?” ~ Walter Savage Landor

I am definitely entertained, often very inspired, and thoughtful about what was said even long after I have finished the book.

“A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket.” — Chinese Proverb

Ever since I was a little girl I have been an avid reader. I use to get a small pocket money from my father to buy anything I fancied. I would use that money to buy a book. Though the money was enough to buy a lot of candy but just enough to buy a book. A book which I finished reading in 1-2 days. I would then reread the same book (or one of my earlier ones) maybe a few times till it was time for the next month, and next book.

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” — Walt Disney

In case you are wondering why I did that there was a reason for it. The public libraries were (still are) few and geographically far spread in my hometown. My Mother with five kids had enough on her hands from daily chores to drive me to one. Maybe the bigger reason was that my grandmother thought I read too much for a girl. She insisted that reading would really not do me any good and I would grow up with some wild ideas about the world. To scare me she would tell me very often that I would go blind from all this reading. Nothing scared me I read even past my bedtime, in bathroom if I could help it.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

I loved reading, books, magazines, newspapers, actually, I liked reading everything I possibly could. I read ingredients off the back of jars while I went grocery shopping with my mother, I even read of the cereal box while I was having breakfast. I read sign boards, I read instructions in a manual. I just knew some of the strangest stuff because I read off everything. I knew names and properties of many chemicals and I guess that was a reason why I found chemistry so interesting later in life.

“The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t.” — Mark Twain

The happiest day in my life was the day I discovered an open stall selling used books. In the price of one new book I could buy 6-7 used books and even get a free one at times because the hawker was amused by my enthusiasm.

“If a book is well written, I always find it too short” – Jane Austen

I would talk about the books I read with everyone who would listen, but especially with my school friend. We spent hours talking about the characters and their decisions, we even challenged each other to read more, and often had arguments over our version of why a character did something.

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” ― Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life


Books, reading, quotes on reading
This place always brings back memories of the Famous Five’s adventures on the beach. The hideout as the bad guys came on to the shore bringing in goods or taking away stolen stuff. Aha the mystery and the fright of being discovered.

 

Books were my escape to a world different from mine, but of people just like me. I could experience their joys, their sorrows, struggles and accomplishments. I was accompanying them to places I had never been. I was on an adventure which I most likely will never have, the pirates, the mysteries, the thieves and smugglers.

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally and often far more worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” C.S. Lewis

I started reading from Enyid Blyton books I still love reading them. The Famous Five and the Magic Faraway tree are my favourite though I loved every book she wrote. Harry Potter series was my most magical escape from this world. I loved every word.

“A good book is an event in my life.” ―Stendhal, The Red and the Black

I think I am an amalgamation of the books I have read over the years. My dreams are like dreams of the friends I met in the books.

“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” — Dr. Seuss

I love my books, actually physically I refuse to part with them. It may sound strange, but I really do. I still have a big collections of books. To me books are like friends how can you part with a friend or give it away. So I collected many. Then I read somewhere that book on shelf is wasted. It had me thinking and restless. It is true. I only got to read because of the people who gave away their books to be resold. I do admit that I feel sad to part with a good friend but now I plan to do something about it. Would like donate to a school library.

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation… A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold”. Henry Miller, The Books in my Life


Cookbooks, cooking blogs, recipes
Cookbooks, some of the ones I refer to more often. Most of what I read now is cooking blogs and articles of chefs.

Books possess unique power to entertain us, comfort us, challenge us, and inspire us. Reading is truly amazing. With life’s many distractions especially young kids it is so easy to put aside reading. I wish I hadn’t done that now that I think back I have wasted so many years of my life. There was so much I could have learned, so much I could have experienced so much better a person I could have been.

“You cannot open a book without learning something.” ~ Confucius

I enjoy reading history, especially history of objects. Museums are my favourite place and I can spend hours reading off the information. This book is well written like a story, griping and fascinating.

2017 is the year I go back to reading, maybe not a book a day but definitely a book a week. Whether it’s a thrilling mystery, a funny series, adventure or philosophical book I want to read and read. Please give me some suggestions on where to start. I have my cup of coffee ready and my mind and heart open to magical journeys.

“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” – J. K. Rowling


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