Before I could read on my own, my sister read to me, narrating stories from classics and whatever she was reading (animation and background music were included by her!) When I started reading on my own, I used to maintain a little notebook and fill in the names of all the books I read- highlighting the ones I really liked. Sometimes I would go back to those names and relive the stories again.
The last day of school before any kind of vacation was when I would eagerly wait at the library with my card. Ten books- that was the maximum number we were allowed to borrow for vacation. So I also got a library card at a private library. I still remember the kind old lady at the library there, who let me borrow as many as I liked. Very Matilda vibes she gave me! I remember cycling at breakneck speed to her little house cum library to hoard my bag with books- all set to enter the world of reading. Did I finish all those books by the end of the vacation? Why yes, I did. Sultry hot summer afternoons meant I would find the coolest place in the house, windows covered by drapes so just enough light entered for my eyes to adjust to the magical words on the fading yellow pages. Evenings were for reading in the balcony and nights in my room at the desk.
Fairy tales, both rosy and Gothic, picnic turned adventures, brave little children conquering the world, classic characters that stand evergreen even today- so many tales those books held.Tweet
Those were the best days of my reading and like Neil Gaiman says, ‘I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else’. Reading not only transferred me to a creative world, but it also made my reality more beautiful.
The TBR pile keeps getting taller, as it should but I definitely wanted a direction to my reading. Growing up, ‘life happened’- as clichè as it may sound and I longed to go back to the time when what I loved to do consumed me! That is why I was super excited about participating in the Reading challenge on Blogchatter. The #TBRChallenge is an encouragement and reminder that you can always do what you love if you choose to, no matter how busy life gets. I selected books that I wanted to read for quite some time and along the way I have found several more. Ticking off two by the end of January, I just know, 2021 is already a great reading year! Do you love reading challenges too? Tell me the story of your journey with reading.