Most of you would have noticed 2014 Reading Challenge banner on my blog. Well, I thought of taking it on to myself on track of reading the books as sometimes life gets into the way, and I keep them aside to read later. I hoard books and then I feel sad to see the unread ones. They do not deserve to be unread!!
I treasure the solitary time spent with a book in hand, the heavenly smell of the pages…even the books which are old will somehow give off a vanilla essence which you can close your eyes and revel in. This private time of mine somehow erases all anxiety at the moment a book is opened and a bookmark is traced to the last thoughts when I last put it down. I enjoy every moment and its like switching into a different world altogether, so I love to be there for as long as possible.
Being the staunch bookworm I am, my mom would second it when I say that I could probably survive in a room with just books. I am always on the lookout for books to read. So much so, I need books and I need books on any topic. Almost!! I can’t agree less with C.S. Lewis who aptly said “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me“. So that makes me a bibliophile and a chai-o-holic!!
Socrates said “A multitude of books distracts the mind.” but I read many books at a time. There is something about a book which acts as a catalyst to our imagination…isn’t it?
Few rules I live by:
- Never lend a book, as chances are that you will never get it back!
- Gift a book, as chances (slim though) that reading might appeal to some.
- Keep your shelves humid-free or the books will loose their ‘appeal’ 🙂
- DON’Y fold the edges – Keep bookmarks! They have a purpose.
- Know the book-store assistant as he would trade the upcoming best deals details for his sales target 😉
Past few years saw the evolution of eBooks which is a healthy one – more books are available at a cheaper price and you can store them in one little electronic gadget to take everywhere. No, this does not mean that paper books are becoming obsolete. It simply is giving us to read more which we might otherwise miss.