For The Love Of Reading Books

 

This one if for the love of reading books. To say that I love reading is like saying the sun rises in the east. It’s a known fact, a universal truth which doesn’t need to be reiterated. I cannot go a single day without reading even if a page. Of course, such days come at times but those make me nervous and uncomfortable. As long as I get to read a page or two every night, I know I’m fine or that I’ll be fine.

 

I love books. I love everything books. The scent of new books and the old ones. The crisp pages, the noise they make while being turned and the warmth of owning one more of them, all of it makes me happy like a little girl in Candyland. Does that make me a book lover then? Of course. And I carry that badge with pride.

 

As you might have figured out by now, this post is going to be about all things books and reading. I have been meaning to do this for a long time now and ever since I have read Esha and Anamika’s version of this post, the need to do this myself has been gnawing at me. And today seems to be just the day for it.

 

So, here I go.

 

Do you have a specific place for reading?

 

Not really. I can read anywhere. Once I have even read outside a movie theatre, until the very last moment when I had to walk in. So, as long as I have a book I can read anywhere. After having my daughter though, it’s mostly while putting her to sleep or at night in my bed once she has gone to sleep.

 

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

 

I used to use bookmarks earlier. Or, even fold the pages. But ever since I became a Kindle user there is no need for any.

 

Do you eat or drink whilst reading?

 

Sometimes when I carry my kindle to work, I read while having lunch. It’s like I want to use every free moment to read one more page, one more chapter. And if it’s while eating or drinking, I don’t mind.

 

Music or TV whilst reading?

 

Music for sure but I prefer if it’s instrumental. I can also read with the TV on because everything becomes a blur when I’m into a book.

 

One book at a time or several?

 

One. I tried a couple of times reading more than one but didn’t quite like it. Let’s just say, I like immersing myself in the book, the plot and the characters. And trying to do that with two books takes away from the experience of it.

 

Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?

 

At home, without a doubt. But like I said before, give me a book and I can read anywhere.

 

Read out loud or silently?

 

Silently. In my head, I go into the setting of the book and for that, I need to retire to this corner in my mind where I’m disconnected form more or less everything else. Can’t do that while reading out loud.

 

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

 

Sometimes I do when I can’t wait to know what happens. But then I come back and read what I skipped in peace after knowing where the story is going.

 

Break the spine or keep it like new?

 

Keep it like new. I take care of my books like they are my children. And I don’t let anyone use them. In fact, I even let my sister use my books reluctantly and keep reminding her to take care of them.

 

Do you write in books?

 

I used to when I was in school. They used to be filled with interpretations and meanings. I used to underline almost every single line as well. But I don’t do it anymore though I still highlight quite a number of passages on my kindle.

 

What books are you reading now?

 

I just finished ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Stockett. What can I say, I’m in awe of that book. Trying to get me out of Jackson, Mississipi slowly. Trying to get over Skeeter, Hilly, Aibileen, Celia and Minny. And I have picked up Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris to help me with that.

 

What is your childhood favourite book?

 

David Copperfield and the Nancy Drew Series. I also liked The Diary of Anne Frank a lot.

 

What is your all-time favourite book?

 

This is difficult. I cannot pick one. To Kill a Mocking Bird, Gone with the Wind, All the Light We Cannot See, The Nightingale, The Kite Runner, Purple Hibiscus, The Help, Dear Zari, Mossad, Spymistress and so many more. I’m sorry, it’s just too difficult to pick one. It’s like asking a mother which of her children she likes the most. I just can’t.

 

Well, that was me. That was about my relationship with books. Take away all entertainment from me and give me a book. I promise I’ll never complain.

 

Feel free to take up the tag and if you do let me know.

 

And before you go, tell me, do you love reading books too? If so, which one are you reading now?

 

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This post is a response to the 13 Questions on Books – A Book Lovers’ Tag

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23 thoughts on “For The Love Of Reading Books

  1. I love reading books and I loved reading your answers. I am getting a Kindle soon but paperbacks continue to be my first love. There is sunshiny about holding a book in your hands that is quite amazing.

  2. Oh yes I know your love for books. And I know you’re done with your challenge (and I’m not!) ! I don’t know how you find the time Naba. There were almost two whole years when I gave up reading after the twins were born. It was such a relief and delight to be back.
    I loved The Help. And then there was this whole talk about Stockett being sued because apparently she’d ‘stolen’ the real life story of Ablene Cooper. That was sad.
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  3. No music for me while I’m reading and I do skip pages if the book is boring or if I’m too impatient to know what happened next. Gosh, and I munch a lot while reading. Sitting in the winter sun or with my comfy quilt is a blessing.

  4. yeah.. I read while I eat, I also used dog ears, now have shifted to bookmarks, though I have not yet got on kindle. I read silently though I do burst out laughing at Berite Wooster, capt.haddock or what ever

  5. You know I am making a mental note of people who read one book at a time because I have found fewer people who do not read more than one book at a time. And you are the newest addition to my list 🙂 I don’t like to lend my books to others and the good thing is I do not have book lovers or readers around me in real life who will ask me for my books or D’s. I won’t even part with our picture books. The exception is my sister-in-law who reads and takes care of books like me. We exchange our books.
    I am happy to see David Copperfield. I had read it at 10 years of age and it seems so ancient now that I should read it again, maybe with D.
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  6. I think we book lovers are the same everywhere. We can read anywhere and treat our books like they are our children!
    So many similarities in the two of us, Nabanita, where books and reading is concerned! I, too, love the smell of books new and old, and the sound it makes while we turn the pages….aah…I go mushy just thinking about it all!
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  7. I have started reading two at a time, else I will never be able to complete the reading challenge. 🙂
    Out of your all time favourite I have only read Kite Runner. Your tastes are so different, I will try to grab some of your reads.
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  8. Your answers made me smile 🙂 It’s pretty much obvious how much you enjoy books. It’s a different kind of love-the love for books, isn’t it? Plus books forgive you, even if you don’t keep in touch with them everyday. That’s what I love about them. They are like a cozy piece of family you can come back to any day.

    May you always have this eternal love and ability to read books anywhere.
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  9. I was also tagged by Esha for this and I loved writing the post. It was great reading your post on the same. I have quite a few common books in my reading list with you.

  10. I do love books, reading as a child was truly a magical experience that would take me places new and far away. When I first became a mum I got lost in reading parenting books and magazines on how to be the best mum I could, I sort of lost that love for reading. Then I joined a bookclub and it all came flooding back, so many talented writers and so many worlds we can be part of when we embrace the characters. #mg
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  11. I love reading too, but I don’t read enough. I try to read a bit everyday, but there are some days when I just don’t have the energy or my eyes close before I even get through a page. Reading keeps me (vaguely) sane though – it is really important. Pen x #mg
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  12. I do love to read. Right now I am reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I read it at night to help me wind down before bed. I make hot chamomoile tea, get comfy in my bed and read a couple chapters every night. That’s the only time I really have to read. Though sometimes I can read at work too, which most people can’t say they have that luxury. I might take up this tag. I love a good tag and this one is about books:) #mg
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  13. So glad to see you’ve taken up the tag, Nabanita. Loved reading your answers and getting to know more about your reading habits. Need I say, I’m glad to see one more addition to our group of one-book women. 😀 I think reading is a real luxury that many of us are fortunate enough to enjoy, and I never forget to thank my stars that I can immerse myself in a world of thoughts and words that allows me to traverse varied worlds even while I’m sitting in my quiet corner! I’m so glad my son is also a voracious reader and is at his happiest when he is lost in the world of books.

  14. It was pleasure to have a walk through a book lover’s life! I could see that you love for the books runs in your blood and surrounds you like the air, Naba! Read more and share more…
    You have tempted me to have my own take on this topic…some day, one day!

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  15. It’s interesting to read how with the invention of the kindle your reading habits have changed. I still like the page turners and feel of them as I turn each page. #mg

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