11 November, 2021
For die-hard book fans, there is no such thing as a good time to read a book. Once they start reading something, it almost always is hard to put it down. Of course, once in a while, there could be a book that doesn’t seem to agree with you. The best part of reading is you could do it anywhere, even while on the move. You could read one on a flight or a train journey, or even during a local commute. You could easily carry on from where you left off, albeit if it’s a thriller, you may feel a bit anxious to pick it up at the earliest possible instant.
Perhaps, there is no better time to pick up a book and start reading than winter. The weather is cold, and your outings may be limited. The couch or bed looks comfy, and there is only so much TV you can watch. You might find that you have more time on your hands. Picking up a book may provide you with much more than mere time pass! Also, whatever is your favourite genre, there are always some new books and old classics available to start anew.
Benefits of reading
Reading is not just a hobby, nor is it done just to gain knowledge. The benefits of reading are immense, and at times, life-changing. It opens up a whole new world of fiction, fantasy, thrills, self-exploration, and more. Many books serve the purpose of being educational for people from the life experiences of the authors. Also, autobiographies and biographies take us through the hidden life paths of famous people. Most authors are readers themselves, and they say they get inspired by the books read by them. Many are highly creative in thinking up great characters and storylines that touch a chord with millions.
If you are tech-savvy, you could opt for the e-readers like Kindle or download books onto your smartphone. If you find reading a challenge, then you also have audiobooks to be explored. With the approaching winter, if you were trying to fix up your reading list, here are a few titles to egg you on.
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
Perhaps, reading this book in the current context may seem more relevant. Born in Afghanistan and now settled in the USA, this book comes from the author of The Kite Runner. This story is set in Afghanistan, across the last few decades. It covers so realistically the tales of Mariam and Laila, taking us through their lives. Through their lives, you see the Afghan history also unfold, from the Soviet invasion to the Taliban takeover and the subsequent rebuilding. It is a breath-taking tale of war, personal struggles, unlikely friendships, betrayals, and more. It is a revelation of sorts of the lives of Afghan women through it all, narrated brilliantly through this story.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
Murakami is one of the most popular and contemporary authors from Japan, to have made a mark internationally. This book narrates a gripping story about Toru Okada, a young man in Tokyo. His journey starts with his search for his wife’s cat and, later, the wife herself. Many describe reading this book as a surreal experience. He weaves a mysterious tale that takes you deep into a world of fantasy and reality intertwined beautifully. Many reviews dub it as a masterpiece, one that leaves you bewitched, and you may want to look up his other books.
Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
Sometimes, a lot of what is around us makes sense when you read a book like Sapiens. This book is a brief history of humankind, and it tells you facts, theories, and stories from all parts of the world. The author touches upon essential points like the cognitive revolution, the agriculture revolution, the unification of humankind, and the scientific revolution. The author brilliantly tails the human species from the stone age to the 21st century. He manages to give you the different perceptions about the most important happenings that shaped us and made us what we are today. This one makes for gripping, thought-provoking reading.
The author first published the book in Hebrew in Israel, based on his lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2011. The English version came out in 2014 and made the New York Times Best-seller list. It also received quite a few raving reviews and endorsements. There have been some mixed reviews from the scholarly side as well. However, overall, Sapiens keeps you engaged and takes you on an engaging journey, leaving you wondering about the future.
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