Is it Ever Too Late to Start Reading Books

People often ask this question that, “Is it too late to start reading books?”, some of them don’t know where to start and some of them drop the idea of reading even before start doing it.

Of course, it’s never too late, how can it be.

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Picture Clicked at Spell and Bound Bookstore, New Delhi

If you want to start reading then don’t just think about it but start doing it.

Reading is good and reading good stuff is even better.

To start with you can make an account on Goodreads so as to discover good books and to keep track of all that you have read and all that you want to read.

Also, don’t just read about everything and anything available out there. What I mean is try not to read trash because there is a whole of trashy stuff out there. It won’t help you. Read good stuff and do a productive reading.

Start with reading something that interests you and then discover new books that you may want to read.

While reading books:

  • If the book that you are reading doesn’t interest you then just leave it and move to another one. There are so many good books out there, don’t just hang around with one book.

 

  • Also read kind of books that will have some impact on you, books that will give you a sense of realization, an epiphany.

 

  • Find your purpose for reading.

 

  • And rather than speed-reading do an effective reading. Try to understand what you are reading rather than how much you are reading. Quantity doesn’t matter.

 

  • And actively remember what you are reading. I adhere to it while reading non-fiction. I always ask myself while reading what all I want to remember out of it. I’m talking about the key points.

 

  • One additional step you can add to your new reading habit is writing down your takeaways.

One should never ask if it’s too late because it’s never too late, at least when it comes to reading and learning new stuff.

Most people don’t read because they find reading intimidating or maybe they don’t really like silence and solitude that comes with this activity or maybe because they can’t read as faster as their peers(don’t compete, it is no competition).

Books will open a whole new world for you and then one day you will ask yourself, why didn’t I start reading books earlier.

Enjoy it and don’t just get lost. Form opinions and have fun.

You, Yes, You. The one reading this if you are a reader then tell me, “When did you start reading books?” For me, I started reading when I was 13.

Btw Happy Reading!

Why I Write

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”- Anaïs Nin

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  • I write because I read:

I’m not a good writer but who really cares. Writing is fun and everyone can’t be James Joyce or Oscar Wilde. But I do care about me being a good reader and I definitely like to form opinions about the text I read.

  • I write because I’m a bad story teller:

I’m not good at telling stories. I make them dry and brief, or for some reason uninteresting, I skip the little details. I’m working on it though. And I want people to know the story and love the story as much as I loved it.

  • I write because writing is only way I express better:

I already told you that I’m bad at story telling and on top of that I’m neither very talkative. So, for people like me writing can do wonders. I express better and I explain better and construct my thoughts and feeling better.

  • I write because I like to collect good memories:

I have pen down all my memories, I haven’t read them. But I know I can re-visit them anytime I want to. They are vivid, detailed and evocative. I love doing it, writing down the good memories because after a while memories just fade away.

  • I write because I want things to make sense:

Yes, I always want a paper and a pen to make sense out of things, that is how it works for me. Writing is the best way I share ideas and make people understand what I want them to understand. I always have many things going on inside my mind and because of that everything get mixed up. So, to make things clear I have to, necessarily pen them down. Because I know other person won’t understand and I won’t be satisfied with my explanations.

  • And I write because I want to release all my thoughts:

I have so many things to say but I often keep them in my mind. So, I write them down. And also I like my thoughts to have a voice.

Why do you write?

How Do I Choose Books to Read

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”- Francis Bacon

How do i choose books to read

I always take sometime before I decide if I want to read a book or not because“knowledge is power is time is money”(I deliberately made that mistake so refrain from correcting it.) I’m very choosy when it comes to books or anything for that matter. No place for trash.

Coming to the point.

How do I choose books?

  • Need & Content:

I choose books just because they can fulfill my needs because of their good content. So when I want learn something or I want to know about something, I choose a book which can provide me with most of the content so that I don’t have to sit with 5 different books to learn one thing because it  is such a hassle.

  • Writer:

If I love the writer, I choose his/her book if I don’t have many good options.

  • Influences:

I also choose books written by people who influenced my favorite writers. Most of them never disappointed me, just one time when I read Sartre, his book was depressive.

  • Books mentioned inside the books:

I also read the books that are mentioned in the book that I’m reading. It’s fun. I came across many good books, this way. It’s like writer recommending you books personally.

  • Current Read:

I also choose books similar to the book that I’m reading.

  • Genre:

Best books from my favorite Genre. That is easy.

  • Buddy Read:

Sometimes I also read totally random book but I mostly do it when I’m reading that book with someone else, so that if it is a total disappointment then we can rant about it or if it turns out to be a really good book then we can always say, ohh! we discovered this beauty and we read it together, it was awesome. 

  • Bookshops:

I love bookshops and I make a monthly trip to local bookstores to buy something fun, something I didn’t know about. I have favorite bookstores in different cities. So, whenever I go there, I do make a visit to these bookstores as well. Sometimes they turn out to be disappointment and sometimes I discover something good.

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Oxford Bookstore and Cafe, New Delhi

  • Goodreads:

I totally look up for recommendations there. I have found so many brilliant books there.

  • Recommendations:

I know few people who give top notch book recommendations. So, whenever they recommend me books then I always read them. No, point of doubt.

That’s how I choose books and I’m not gonna lie, I have also picked up books just because of an upcoming movie release and sometimes because of those OHHHHHHHHHH SO beautiful covers.

How do you choose book that you want to read? Do share with me.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

“I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding on as hard as they can, but in the end it’s just too much. The current’s too strong. They’ve got to let go, drift apart. That’s how it is with us. It’s a shame, Kath, because we’ve loved each other all our lives. But in the end, we can’t stay together forever.”

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My Rating: *4.5 Stars*

Science Fiction, eh?

NO!

Then what?

More of Coming to Age and Dystopian novel.

Oh!

Btw more of a mixture of genres, Gothic romance, dystopia, coming to age, a tiny winy bit of SF.

Synopsis:

Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well-tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it.

Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it’s only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.

Never Let Me Go breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. In exploring the themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date.


You know what, we do have a movie! But wait, first read the review and decide for yourself do you want to read it first or watch it. If you’ll watch it first, you’ll not be able to enjoy the very essence of the book. Read it without any hint.


Book Review:

“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.”

Well, this book shattered me, no, no, broke my heart. You know, I don’t want to tell you anything about this book but I do want to say few things about it. I’ve very conflicting thoughts about how much I should disclose so that you can also enjoy the experience of reading this book followed by watching the movie.

You come across books that are perfect and I love coming across these books and Never Let Me Go is one of them. This book have a such a powerful narrative and the story flows. I like the kind of stories where people talk about their past, they talk about people from there past, I like the small details and memories. You know how when parents or grand parents tell us about their life and what they used to do and how were things back then, it’s always intriguing. Similarly this book have it all, such a good characterization, I liked knowing about their life in Hailsham. This book have this Gothic spell but that is not the only thing that I loved about this book.

Let me tell you what I loved…

The book revolves around the life of three friends Kathy, Ruth and Tommy. The narrator in this book is Kathy who is a care taker and as I said it is more of coming to age book, because Kathy in this book tells about their life growing up in Hailsham and how their life took turns and how it turned out.

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I don’t know how to describe the beauty of this book but few morning I woke up early just to read this book. When I read it, I didn’t know what was happening, I kept on reading and reading until I understood. This book moved me emotionally and then at one instance it shattered me. I felt so bad for all of them, specially Kath. Everything was so unsettling,  this book raise questions about ethics and morals.

You don’t realize what you are getting yourself into and in one moment everything is clear. His writing and structure of the book will make you want to read the book, but on the same front you’ll find it hard to decipher what he is trying to say and where the story is going and that is what I found unsettling.

I’m not gonna tell you what this book is about, read it, struggle and enjoy.

The book is haunting, sweet and sad at the same time…

Judy Bridgewater – Never Let Me Go(Tommy and Kath made me discover this song)

Darling,
Hold me,
Hold me,
Hold meeeeee,
And never (never),
Never (never),
Never (never),
Let me gooooo

Happy Reading!

Why I love Reading Books

WP_20151206_22_17_44_Pro 2“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

I was never a people person so I became a book person. And somehow books made me a better person and they opened up the whole world in front of me.

So what made me love reading books?

Books are magical. There are many things that made me love reading books. Like how while reading books I can visit a totally different country or a different period(who said time travel is not possible?), or fall in love with a character which is a fragment of someone else’s imagination(now how wonderful is that, right?).

Books helped me leaning new things, building stuff, books made me a better person, reading them gave me a whole new perspective, provided me with new ideas, ways to solve problems. Reading books made me grow. Books transform the person who reads them and reading helped me through depression.

Now how wonderful is that? Very.

Anything you want to learn, anything you want to know, there’s a book waiting for you. Now, we are not limited to books, there are articles, magazines, many options out there.

I love reading because books take me to another world, they make me grow as a person, they make me think, they make me imagine, they make me live a different life at least for sometime. I’m addicted to books.

And for me reading is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.

I have shared why I love reading books now tell me why you like it. Why do you like to read?

Rainy Day Reading List

What can be more wonderful than curling up with a book on a rainy day with a hot cup of coffee or tea? I can’t think of anything because for once I love rains and I love books and I always appreciate a good cup of tea or coffee.

ReadingOnARainyDayThough I can’t predict when it will rain at your place, or I can’t really prepare a cup of coffee for everyone. But I can make a list of books that you can enjoy in rains. Oh! the charm of it, ahh.

I have curated a list(not exactly a list) for everyone and I believe you will like it.

By the way, what do you prefer reading on a rainy day?


Romance 

Classics

1. Jane Eyer by Charlotte Brontë

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“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.”

 2. Wulthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

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Contemporary 

1. It Happened One Wedding by Julie James

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“He took a step closer. “Think about it this way, Sidney. You have to walk down the aisle next to me
at this wedding. We’ll be in numerous photos together—photos that the entire Sinclair family will
look at for years to come. If my job as a groomsman is to complement you, do you really want to put
your faith in whatever I might come up with?”
She considered this for a moment.
“Let me just grab my purse.”

2. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

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“Alexander, were you looking for me?”
“All my life.”

3. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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“How ever, I’ve learned that the heart can’t be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to do. The only thing we can control is whether we give our lives and our minds the chance to catch up to our hearts.”


Psychological Thriller 

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1. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

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“Fight Club is not football on television. You aren’t watching a bunch of men you don’t know halfway around the world beating on each other live by satellite with a two-minute delay, commercials pitching beer every ten minutes, and a pause now for station identification. After you’ve been to fight club, watching football on television is watching pornography when you could be having great sex.”

2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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“A lot of people lacked that gift: knowing when to fuck off.”

3. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

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“This world can only give me reminders of what I don’t have, can never have, didn’t have for long enough.”


Crime/Mystery 

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1. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by  Arthur Conan Doyle

“I cannot live without brainwork. What else is there to live for? Stand at the window here. Was ever such a dreary, dismal, unprofitable world? See how the yellow fog swirls down the street and drifts across the duncoloured houses. What could be more hopelessly prosaic and material?”

2. And Then They Were None by Agatha Christie

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“The amount of missing girls I’ve had to trace and their family and their friends always say the same thing. ‘She was a bright and affectionate disposition and had no men friends’. That’s never true. It’s unnatural. Girls ought to have men friends. If not, then there’s something wrong about them….”


Classics

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1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced–or seemed to face–the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.”

2. Love in the Time of Cholera by  Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

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“But when a woman decides to sleep with a man, there is no wall she will not scale, no fortress she will not destroy, no moral consideration she will not ignore at its very root: there is no God worth worrying about.”

3. A Room with a View by E.M Foster

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“When we were only acquaintances, you let me be myself, but now you’re always protecting me… I won’t be protected. I will choose for myself what is ladylike and right. To shield me is an insult. Can’t I be trusted to face the truth but I must get it second-hand through you? A woman’s place!”

4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”


Children/Teenagers

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1. Little Prince by  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

2. Inkheart by  Cornelia Funke

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“If you take a book with you on a journey,” Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, “an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it… yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.”

3. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

4. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

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“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”


Teenage Girls

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Series

1. Shiver Trilogy  by Maggie Stiefvater

“I’d found heaven and grabbed it as tightly as I could, but it was unraveling, an insubstantial thread sliding between my fingers, too fine to hold.”

2. I heart Series by Lindsey Kelk

“Sometimes we get so used to not really feeling anything, just going with the flow, that we forget how it feels to be really happy or sad.”

Young Adult

1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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“It’s my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them.”

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

Paranormal Romance

1. Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

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“Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.”


Dystopian

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1. Never Let Me Go by  Kazuo Ishiguro

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“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.”


I hope you enjoy them and the rainy day!

So, What do you prefer reading on a rainy day?

Happy Reading!

12 Badass Opening Lines from Novels

Writers are badass people and no one can deny that fact. They take their stories from one extreme to another. And some of them give their books a badass opening. You read the first line and BOOM!

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1. “It was a pleasure to burn”Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


2. “Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure. The telegram from the Home says: YOUR MOTHER PASSED AWAY. FUNERAL TOMORROW. DEEP SYMPATHY. Which leaves the matter doubtful; it could have been yesterday.”The Stranger by Albert Camus


3. “I am a sick man…I am a spiteful man. I am an unattractive man.”— Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


4. “All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”— Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


5. “It should be sufficient to say that I am Juan Pablo Castel, the painter who killed María Iribarne.”The Tunnel by Ernesto Sabato


6. “This is not for you.”House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski


7. “Suicide calculated well in advance, I thought, no spontaneous act of desperation.”The Loser by Thomas Bernhard


8. LOG ENTRY: SOL 6

 “I’m pretty much fucked up.

That’s my considered opinion.

Fucked.”The Martian by Andy Weir


 9. “Dear friend,

I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at the party even though you could have…. I just need to know that someone out there listens and understands and doesn’t try to sleep with people even if they could have.”—The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky


10. “Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler’s pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die.”Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk


11. “They’re out there. Black boys in white suits up before me to commit sex acts in the hall and get it mopped up before I can catch them.”  One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey


12. “It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” 1984 by George Orwell


Do you have any favorite? If yes, then do share with me in the comments below.

Have a good day!