Dead words in bundles, when ploughed through, enlightens the soul, filling the void, throwing light on unfamiliar events, taking through the reverie, probing into suppressed misdeeds, spurring emotions, turning abstractions into reality; books bring souls to the body, food to the thoughts, and peace to the heart.
Book reading is when the brain and the heart merge. From increasing knowledge on a subject, to improving the functioning of the brain, reducing stress, improving imagination, clearing the air on a topic and boosting self-esteem, books serve innumerable purposes.
An international survey on book reading reveals an interesting observation — people who read books show a 20% reduction in the risk of mortality. Also, the one who reads books is said to be more content with and happier in their lives when compared to those who don’t.
Some people, including myself, prefer physical books to .pdfs and audio books. However, it is the individual’s choice. Some find convenience in audiobooks, while others love to soak into the tangibility of a book. Printed or screen-based, reading a book is what matters, as long as the reader finds it comfortable.
Some psychologists say that reading from a screen has a poor narrative-orienting effect than reading a physical book. The added advantage in reading traditionally is that it grips the attention of the reader the more they see, touch, and feel what they read. On the other hand, while listening to an audiobook, readers easily tend to get diverted.
As I am not an expert in this field, I can’t take sides; moreover, I find it uneasy to read for long hours on a screen. I do listen to small podcasts or articles, but I don’t admire audiobooks.
List of Books I Loved Reading & Highly Recommend (the list isn’t exhaustive)
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (must read)
- Becoming by Michelle Obama (must read)
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson (must read)
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (must read)
- Life Is What You Make It by Preeti Shenoy
- The Diary of Anne Frank (must read)
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (must read)
- I Romantic by Rajeev Jhaveri
- The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma (must read)
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
- Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (must read)
- Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of Abdul Kalam (must read)
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (must read)
Books In My To-Read List
- A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
- What Makes a Politician by Rwitwika Bhattacharya-Aggarwal
- The 5 Am Club by Robin Sharma
- Everything Is – : A Book About Hope by Mark Manson
- Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
- 1984 by George Orwell
- I Am Malala a book by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
- Partitions of the Heart: Unmaking the Idea of India by Harsh Mander
Every person has their own preferences, and this is true when it comes to books. Don’t take my suggestions as is. Go with your taste. If you are an amateur reader, read books with easy language. Read autobiographies. Set everyday goals of reading at least x number of pages (even it is a one page), but be consistent in your reading.
I believe that just like there is a shoe that fits every leg, there will be a book that fits each mind. You just need to explore, dive in, and find peace in books.