“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.
The man who never reads lives only once.”
Reading for me is like feeding my soul. There is nothing better than having a good book in one hand and a cup of coffee in other while my eyes are constantly filtering the words on those soulless pages.
Reading is an unimaginable part of my life and so does for millions of other people. For the people who don’t read, I have nothing but remorse. If you are lucky enough to be literate, you should be wise enough to understand the importance of reading books.
Those big bulky novels aren’t just stories of some non existing people written by a stranger, but those are the doors for you to travel to some other world. Humans are still trying to build a time machine but those who read books know that they can buy a ‘time machine’ any time by paying a few bucks.
Well, if I had to convince you to read books, I won’t. I would just ask you to use the ‘Google baba’ and search why should you read books. Once you do that, I know you will come back here to find out where you should start from.
For the people who are already the lucky and wise ones, I know it gets difficult when you have to choose from hundreds of books available in the market. Moreover, you cannot judge a book just by the cover page (and you shouldn’t). How are you supposed to pick up one book from the lot?
What you need is to know to make a correct choice is whether the book is of your type or not. Whether the book you’ve picked suits your taste and requirement!
I spend a lot of time in deciding whether I want to read a particular book or not and sometimes I end up regretting my decision for picking up a particular book like I did when I read Sita’s Curse. But I don’t want that to happen with you. I don’t want you to pick up a wrong book and then end up wasting your time and regretting your decision of reading books, especially if you’re a ‘first time reader’.
This is the reason why I have come up with this post where I am going to list 5 books that you should consider to read this vacation. I urge you to choose at least one and read it, in case you cannot manage to read all of them.
1. You Can Win by Shiv Khera: Who amongst us doesn’t want to be successful? Who doesn’t want to win? But sometimes nothing goes the right way and you feel too exhausted and too weak to keep going.
At such a time, what you need is a source of inspiration. You need someone to tell you that you can do it and show you a way to do it. Even if you’re not going through a tough time, even if everything is going just like you have wanted, this book can improve your success rate.
The book was suggested to me by one of my favorite teachers at school and there can’t be a better motivational book than this. At least I haven’t come across it since six years.
2. Love @ Air Force by Gaurav Sharma: If you really don’t want to pick up a book like You Can Win, then you should think about this one. It’s a very well written story about three friends and their lives.
Sushil Awasthi is a low rank Air Force officer and deals with all the things that come along with the post of a non commissioned officer in Indian Air Force. Shabd Mishra is deeply in love and has done unbelievable things for his love, but hasn’t confessed his love to the woman of his dreams – Soumya.
The story talks about what happens when these school friends meet after so many years. Does Sushil find happiness in his so called cursed life? Does Shabd confess his love to Soumya? Does Soumya reciprocate Shabd’s feelings?
The book, though often referred to as a love story, is a bit different. It ought to be unless it wouldn’t have caught my attention even when I made full efforts to ignore this book and just flip the pages and write its review.
When I read the book, my views were – “At last, a good book!” You would love the simple and impressive narration style of the author and you would be deeply involved in the book and at the end, you would smile for you would know that you have read a good book.
So if you want to read a simple but impressive story, go for this book.
3. Brida by Paulo Coelho: This book changed my perspective towards love and relationships. Every other day, I am quoting the concept of ‘soul mates’ while clearly giving the credits to Paulo Coelho.
There is no doubt about Paulo Coelho being one of the best writers of the world but still, this book is the only one which I liked so much that I am recommending it to my friends every other day.
I bet this book is going to change your perspective towards love and relationships. Try it!
4. The Steve Jobs Way by Jay Elliot: The book is written by a colleague of Steve Jobs where he has described the working style of the father of Apple Inc. and one of the greatest leaders of the modern era. There was something different about Steve Jobs and the way he used to work and the book has been written to recognize that ‘different’ thing.
The book describes the leadership style of The Steve Jobs and I find this a must read for people who want to be leaders for this will teach you what is true leadership.
Though the leadership style of Steve Jobs was very different and sometimes ‘unaccepted’ by many, we all know that this very style lead to those awesome iPhones and that awesome brand which many love.
5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: I was actually confused about this place. I had to make a choice between two books: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and The Eleventh Hour by Catherine Coulter. While first one is the story of a Pakistani boy and his destiny, the second one is an amazing thriller.
But as it is clearly evident, I would go for The Kite Runner for it is the first book that made me cry; and it didn’t for a few minutes. I cried for hours. The words and the scenes from the book haunted my mind for many days, maybe months.
Do I still need to tell why you should pick up a book like Kite Runner?
I considered the entire list of books which I have read till now and these five are the ones which you should read for sure. If you have already read any of these five books, share your reviews with me.
In case, you read a very good book which you would like to suggest other fellows who might read this blog, do share!
SO THIS SUMMER –
“Keep calm and read more books”