Friday, February 5, 2016

About Reading and Books..

One of my many resolutions this year is to read more. I was really scared of losing my reading habit.
I have always been a reader but the last few years I’d been reading fewer books every single year. My work, life and other things got in the way of reading as much as I wanted. 
My grandfather introduced me to some wonderful books. I used to read voraciously during my summer vacations. We were lucky to have access to a public library close by and a cycle at our disposal. Sister and I used to go there to just sit, chill and browse through different sections. It was an old establishment and was very huge. There were different sections and there was a separate news-reading room. Both of us spent so much time there browsing through different sections. Every book was hardbound and had pages in varying hues of white and yellow. Sometimes you would find notes, flowers tucked away inside them. The other times there would be faint pencil marks to highlight a thought provoking sentence. I found the whole process so romantic. The fine was 50p a day after the due date and you could issue a maximum of 2 books. Growing up back then was such a simple thing!

When I was in Germany I joined the local library there. It was a nice setup but there were limited English books which I didn't mind because I used to go to there for German books. 
I had even joined an English reading club.  It was fun while it lasted. 

I bought Amazon's-Kindle last year and tried to read e-books. I still haven't gotten around to reading on my kindle. Needless to say I prefer paper books. Last week I went to our town's public library and got myself registered. It has been my best decision so far this year. The moment I entered inside it was like 1997 all over again. I liked their collection. The cookery section is the biggest that I have seen anywhere so far and I really like it. There is something very calming about the shelves lined with books neatly. I sat down for 15 odd minutes to read a book but in reality I was trying to re-live my past again.  I came out feeling so excited the only thing that was missing was my Hero Ranger purple colored cycle.  I came back home with three books, brewed coffee and started reading the first book. I was adjusting its cover when a dried flower fell out and I was in love with reading again. When did we stop drying flowers anyway? 

This year I have decided to read more. I have to read at least 25 books this year. For some of you it may not be a big deal but for me it is. I am always engaged in multiple activities and with so much chaos reading takes a back seat. I am proud to report that I have already finished 3 books and I am on my fourth one now. This year I will try better, harder and with more determination.



  1. Wow, that is such determination. You are fascinating and amazing at the same time.

    1. I want to be a book worm again :). It gives me such a fuzzy feeling and I feel really happy..!
      You are too kind :)

  2. Oh wow! You evoked such a lovely memory. And also painted a lovely picture o two little girls getting lost in the library. :)

    I can't remember the last time I went to a library. And it's been a while since I read a physical book. Just like you, my reading has dwindled to almost nothing over the years. It resuscitated a little bit when I got my Kindle 3 years ago. I started reading again. But now, I just have so many half-read books on my Kindle. I want to go back to reading a lot again. But that won't happen unless I have a very determined plan.

    3/25 is a great start. Wish you all the best to reach and exceed your reading goal. What are you reading right now?

    1. Yeah, I hated the fact that I wasn't reading much and buying a kindle didn't help much.
      Goodreads has some sort of reading challenge. See if you like that?

      Btw, I posted about my January books and thinking of doing a round up of my Feb books..
      (Reading - Never let me go (Kazuo Ishiguru) and then will finish Tin Sky by Ben Pastor

  3. Ah, yes! The Kindle. I've had it for a while, but haven't yet finished a single book of the many that I have started. 25 is good. I set myself for 12. :D