Books – Indeed Your Best Friend!

Cliche, right?

Wrong!  It’s a fact.

My tryst with Books & Reading as a child

I was never hooked to books growing up.  Reading was an activity you did in class as part of a lesson and that’s it.  I had many friends who were avid readers of novels, and I used to loan a book or two every now and then from the school library.  Some of them I remember were Enid Blyton series, yet I never got around to reading any of it.

I started reading only after I graduated high school, when a friend loaned me a novel – pure outright fiction! I still remember every page of that book (okay, exaggerating a bit!) as if it was only yesterday. I felt it brought me into a zone and I finished it in less than a day. One book led to another and before I knew it, I was buying fiction novels by the dozen.

The first novel I ever read was If tomorrow comes by Sidney Sheldon A crazy life situation later led me to selling a collection of over a 100 novels to a roadside vendor at pennies to a dollar, but that story is for another day and time.

I got a Kindle device from Amazon sometime in 2009 and immediately proceeded to download as many free books as I could.  I even purchased a few, mainly work related books.  I remember  buying Ultimate Adwords Guide by Perry Marshal and Web Analytics by Avinash Kaushik – Both books are classics, in my opinion, and I still find myself referring to them or quoting them in my daily conversations.

That ended my reading list for several years though I did buy some popular books at the time, before and after I began my serious foray into this magnificent world of photography.

Some of those books included the Hunger Game series, Freakonomics and Outliers by Malcom Gladwell.

Over the years, I’ve continued to cultivate a habit of reading, but without any success.

Sometime in 2014-2015, I was watching some videos on Youtube about start-ups where the a few different presenters spoke about a few books and I decided to give it a shot once again. For some reason, these books resonated with what I was doing at the time, and I started reading religiously this time.

As I read in one of the subsequent books, behavior needs motivation, ability and trigger, all to be present at the same time, and in this instance, they were!  My reading list is long and I not only read, but I also listen to a lot of audiobooks on audible.  For some reason, I haven’t been able to begin the pod-casting game yet, may be sometime soon enough.

I read books on non-fiction mostly, but sometimes I do pick up a book or two from the NY Times bestsellers fiction list.

One book that I find worth mentioning is The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin  I want to read it again, and will do it again in December this year, like I did in 2015, and then write about it. I don’t have anything in particular in mind, just that the concept of this book is so unique that it merits introspection, more than others!

 

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