Hey! Welcome back 🙂
Today, I wanted to talk about books and reading. After my last post (goo.gl/RTQYWP), I realised that I really enjoy talking about books. If I’m not working, you’ll see me read or write – but this wasn’t always the case. (I intend on going back to sketching and painting soon too.)
Anyway, let’s get into this blog. I thought of doing this in Q&A form to keep as short and crisp as possible.
Let’s do this!
- When did I get into the habit of reading?
I remember reading books like Jumbo The Flying Elephant, Aladin, Winnie the Pooh etc as a kid. And these used to have the loveliest covers! I still remember those colours! Then during my school years, around 5th or 6th standard perhaps, Enid Blyton and R.L Stine happened. So did, Tintin and Marvel comics.
Secret Seven, Famous Five, Goosebumps, Malory Towers – Ah! Childhood!
It was also the time I got into the Princess Diaries Series by Meg Cabot which actually inspired me
to write journals during that time. Those books were pretty cool, actually. (I still enjoy some of Meg Cabot’s books)
So, after this phase of reading, I pretty much fell out of it. I don’t really know why but I just quit reading. I didn’t find it interesting anymore and it just ended for me then. And for a very long time, I didn’t pick any book!
2. How did I find my way back into the world of books?
Actually, now that I think of it, there were times in between when I might have picked up a book or two. However, it didn’t change for me. By the time I was in 11th and 12th grade, I had friends who were immensely into reading and I used to find it annoying because maybe, in my mind, I had convinced myself that no book was worth my time and I just used to get bored with them reading around me.
Yup, I was wrong! And I’m glad I was.
Forward to my college years. It was mid of my first year, I think, that I found books that rekindled my love for reading. Honestly, it wasn’t really the books as such but just my will of getting back into reading. These books were just a start.
There were three books in particular (Sadly, I have physical copy of only one of them, with me right now):
– Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coehlo
– The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
– Inferno by Dan Brown
3. What are my reading habits?
Sounds like a funny question, right?
By this I meant, how do I like to have my reading time. I prefer reading either when there isn’t anyone around or when I have my reader friends with me and we read our own picks respectively ( shout out to my bestie, Mahak – our hangout days involve a lot of books and a lot of reading! And Hari – we tend to read the same books, together sometimes). I don’t like TV or music on while I’m reading. On second thought, I like Assassins Creed 3’s title music as my background to books with war scenes (I did this while I was reading the Shiv trilogy by Amish Tripathi and plan on doing the same now that I’m reading his Ram Chandra series.) Moving on, I don’t like to eat while I read because I hate spoiling my books. I’m a total nerd that way- no pen or pencil marks, no folds etc! However, I do enjoy a drink – a cup of tea mostly – hot during winters and iced during summers ^_^ . I like the yellow lights, in my room, switched on while I read instead of the White/blue ones. And umm, yeah! I guess that’s it.
4. How many have I read so far, this year and my reading goal?
I have read seven books this year, till now. I have also taken the 2017 reading challenge, featured on Goodreads, of reading a minimum of 50 books. Since I’m also running my own business I don’t find a lot of time to read but I still aim at reading more.
5. Which are the last three books I read?
I enjoyed all three so much! Some really nice books. Here they are:
The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon (read my previous blog to know more about this)
Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris
Last Train to Istanbul by Ayṣe Kulin
Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish Tripaṭhi.
Thanks for reading! See you in my next one 🙂