Books, Fiction, Non-fiction

Why I Read

Some time back I had a done a post on Why I Write. This time I want to write on Why I Read. I believe reading, like writing, is something that comes from within. One can try to inform, encourage or suggest, but unless there is an internal urge to gain and imbibe something from it, no one can get the liking or discipline to develop and nurture this hobby.

The blog world is always overflowing with posts by several brilliant bloggers on books in the form of reviews, their personal favourites or recommendations. There’s a vast pool of knowledge and information out there if someone is truly interested. With so many types of bloggers (travel, food, motivational, etc) the books you read about are also varied and cover a wide range of topics.

Having said that and with due respect to them, I for one am finicky when it comes to selecting books and generally rely on my own instinct. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. There have been highly recommended books that have disappointed me and there have been lesser known ones that have captured my heart and attention. I guess it all depends on what I’m looking forward to read in a book.

I’m more of a fiction lover, although my liking keeps changing quite often. Crime, mystery and law are my favourite genres. Think what you may of it but romantic novels make my stomach churn. The Fountainhead kind of sizzling passion is a complete sell-out for me, but Mills & Boons can put me to sleep. Although I own a few, self-help books haven’t been much of a help to me yet.

In the non-fiction kind I’m most fascinated by history and archaeology. I truly believe this was one career choice I could’ve given a serious thought to. I love to know about the world that was so different from the one we live in! Early civilisations, cultures, invasions, lifestyles and mannerisms are a pleasure and delight to study and explore.

What I like most about reading is the make-believe world it transports me to. The characters and situations created by the author become a part of my being and my world gels with theirs for a certain period of time. I laugh with them and cry with them. Their accomplishments give me a sense of achievement and their failures break my heart.

Reading gives me some much needed respite. Books have been my best friends through some tough times and my permanent bedside buddies. There’s always a book in my handbag, whether I’m travelling or off on a break somewhere. They give me a feeling of assurance and a lesson that the journey is important and enjoyable, not the destination.

14 thoughts on “Why I Read

    1. Thank you so much! Glad you liked reading my blog. Please feel free to go through anything you like. I hopefully mean to continue writing.
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  1. Always good to meet a fellow reader. I am not a fan of Mills & Boons either, and Self Help Books have me nodding my head in a NO! Glad we have common likes, and dislikes too.

  2. Great to have words given to feelings ! I think books are anybody’s best friends specially introverts like me .I really enjoyed your style of writing – straight fro the heart and so engaging !

  3. Reading gives me respite too, I can get all the earthly clutter out of my mind and get into the world of the book I am reading. Well written post Varsha.

  4. Surely reading takes us to another world. One suggestion for reading non fiction book is that you need to have a parallel fiction book too, so that once you think you have absorbed enough from the book, switch to fiction book. This way you get the best of both genres.

  5. Totally agree Varsh reading and writing are essential parts of my life too. Loved your post and the quotes in between are so bang on

  6. A very well described post about Reading and Books. As it’s said There is no friend as loyal as books. Also Reading is one of the way to enrich your knowledge. Reading and especially good books of your taste always is like going on a Journey.

  7. Varsha we are so like minded when it comes to reading books dear. I too love reading fiction and in non- fiction I too read history and archaeology. I read books as they can answer some difficult questions of life very simply.

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