Books!

Reading, voracious reader

I love books. I used to read a little as a child. But  in December of 1994 I joined a library and fell in love with reading. Ever since then, books have been my constant companion. I am a voracious reader and you will always find me with a book in my hand. Every free moment is spent finishing just-another-paragraph, just-another-chapter.

I like to read a variety of literary as well as spiritual books. In the literary world of fiction, I love to read books based on reality of people’s lives, their joys and sufferings – like the present one – Mila 18. Then one by Khaled Hosseini – A Thousand Splendid Suns. I also love to read Classics, science fiction and legal thrillers. I am a Frederick Forsyth fan.

Here’s a list of books, in no particular order, that for some reason or other have stayed with me long after I turned its last page:

1. The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough

2. Only Love – Erich Segal

3. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

4. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë

5. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

6. Bridge Across Forever – Richard Bach

7. Mila 18 – Leon Uris

8. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

9. All Frederick Forsyth

10. Marker – Robin Cook

11. Disclosure – Michael Crichton

12. A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking

13. Chicken Soup for the Soul Series

14. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

15. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

In the Spiritual Category:

1. The Life of Christ – Fulton Sheen

2. A Story of a Soul – St.Therese of Lisieux

3. Confessions – Augustine of Hippo

4. The Torn Veil – Gulshan Esther

5. Rome Sweet Home – Scott H ahn

6. Prison To Praise – Merlin Carothers

7. Imitation of Christ – Thomas Kempis

8. The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life – Father Charles Arminjon

9. The Interior Castle – St.Therese of Avila

10. The Sinner’s Guide – Venerable Louis of Granada

No matter what I am reading, there is no more gratifying experience than finishing a good book. More often than not, I am transported to the world of the characters in the book. I feel one with them. Like their story is unfolding right before my eyes and I am one of them. In a very engrossing book, I stay in its world long after I have stopped reading and moved onto the next activity.

Normally, I hate waiting in queues or when someone is late for a rendezvous or when trains are running late. But with a book with me, waiting becomes bearable, almost pleasurable.

Books are a gift to mankind. And I am so glad I have found a companion in them. There’s never a dull moment, if you know what i mean. 🙂

I am trying to inculcate the habit of reading into my son. I hope he grows up to be a lover of books too.

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