Bookaholic Diaries

“At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book spoke to you, gave up its secrets. At that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader.”
~Alberto Manguel
 
“If it’s a good book, anyone will read it. I’m unashamed about still reading things I loved in my childhood.”
~J.K. Rowling
 
“There’s no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love reading, and kids who are reading the wrong books.”
~James Patterson
 
“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.”
~Marcel Proust

Our book club here has settled on the theme of “Childhood Stories” as the genre of the month – Read a book you have already read as a child, and discuss what you make of it as an adult. So the weekend was spent digging into the childhood library (at least what’s left of it), and sifting through the treasures of my younger years. Books have been an integral part of my life – I have been surrounded by them for as long as I can remember. Books served as a respite from academics, and I feel I did better at studies when I interspersed  study books with story books. Years later, I learned how different kinds of reading material affect the two hemispheres of the brain differently – unknowingly, I was working on logic, analysis and language, along with creativity and intuition. Taking regular breaks to read something completely different from study material helped me concentrate and retain better when I was actually studying. Sifting through the vintage library brought back some fond memories of reading as a child. Many of the gifted books mention the date and my age along with my name and the sender’s name. These have been hung on to all these years for memories’ sake. Many books from the collection have been given away over the years – either to nephews and nieces, or donated to libraries, or schools for the underprivileged.

This is one drawer containing some of the older books.

15 Jan 2018 (9)

These are the books I selected to read for the genre of the month.

15 Jan 2018 (10)

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3 thoughts on “Bookaholic Diaries”

  1. adult books are disappearing into tablets but kids’ books still seem to be floating around. I’m glad. It’s like looking (and holding) old friends. I remember that Nancy Drew book from when I was a kid. i hope it addicts the kids to reading.

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