In my teenage years, a friend recommended me a book. I looked quite hard for it, but was unable to find it anywhere, until one fine day, when I got lucky and stumbled upon it in a library. It was based on Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five.

The effort was worth it: the story was quite thrilling and kept me guessing throughout. I was so intrigued by its plot that I finished reading it in one sitting. That was the first time I had understood that reading the right book was an adventure in itself.

I find the fragrance of a new book so fascinating that it’s hard for me to hold myself back from taking in its scent. For me, books are my best friends – and, of course, it isn’t just because of their sweet smell.

I am an avid reader. I’m not picky when it comes to books; I am as comfortable in reading detective novels as I am in enjoying a good biography, or any other genre, for that matter. That being said, detective novels are my undisputed favorites, thanks to Agatha Christie. I am a great fan of the way she portrays the characters and effortlessly piques the readers’ curiosity.

In addition to an enjoyable pastime, books are also a great stress buster. Not only does a good read offer an insight into the author’s psyche, but also eases the worries and anxiety we accumulate over the course of our everyday lives.

Personally, I enjoy reading a good storybook when it’s raining outside. It’s all the  better if I can get a cup of coffee to go with it.

Over the years, I have felt quite attached to my book collection. It’s like I feel restless if I haven’t read at least one page before going to bed. When the plot is too gripping to let me go in just one page, sleep is elusive for as long as I have not read through the book. And that’s the thing with the right book – it’s hard to find, but even harder to put down.


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