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.