Books are one of those few addictive things that my mom has no problems with. In fact, if you are looking for something that can help you kill time productively and is interesting, then look no further than books – storybooks, if I am to be precise here.
Interestingly, my initial interest in books was motivated by jealousy. After all, who wants to lag behind their friends? I still remember how, even before entering the class, I kept my bag on the floor, unzipped it and slowly pulled out an all-new copy of Geronimo Stilton. It was in vogue back then, and I walked straight into the class with the book held up in my right hand. Obviously, I expected a hero-like welcome, with my friends lifting me up in the air and celebrating… well, me.
Unfortunately, I was too early, and no one was there to take notice of my achievement. I spent the rest of my day reading it.
I feel books fuel our imagination. For example, if someone were to describe a place with huge, pointed castles and magnificent grounds, my mind would immediately travel to Hogwarts. Books also improve our sense of humor. How often have you found yourself guilty of quoting a phrase from some book you read, even at the risk of making a fool of yourself? Lastly, I feel books also enhance our vocabulary. In fact, they could even motivate someone to become a part-time writer. I would go so far as to say that I got a major chunk of my vocabulary from the books I read than from the classes I attended at school. I am sure many people can relate to this, especially the ones who used this as a launchpad to start writing – like I did!
Since my affair with the Geronimo series, I have been lucky to have read several wonderful authors such as Enid Blyton, the author of the renowned Famous Five series, and J.K. Rowling, whose Harry Potter series needs no introduction, among others.
Currently, I am reading some of the works of Agatha Christie, and I must say that I have been mighty impressed with the character of Hercule Poirot. It is strange how an author, who died decades ago, continues to inspire millions of readers worldwide with her legacy. In fact, this is probably the most fascinating series I have ever read. The unpredictable twists and turns can be a real challenge for even the most seasoned readers of the genre.
Anyways, to put it short, I have been reading for over eight years now. I have read some quality books over this period and have wasted quite a few days of my life deciding upon the next books to read. Years of reading have turned me into somewhat of a ‘storybook nerd’ – I tend to panic if I find that someone folded the pages of their book instead of using a bookmark!
Looking back, I am still grateful to the younger me for being jealous. Who would have known that it would go on to make such a huge difference in my life?
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