Just few days back one of my friend asked me “if I really read books, that I keep updating my status on Facebook”. So here is the answer to it.
Reading is an old companion of mine which had somehow lost its way few years back is now back with me. I recollect very well during my school & college days whenever I had free time , apart from playing with my friends I use to read books. Well at that time I use to read comic books like Archies, Tintin, Tinkle, Phantom, etc.
As time went by I somehow lost the habit. Maybe I was too busy with other things or rather there were other things which were more interesting than reading.
After all these years it so happened that one of my friends PC send me a pdf of Chetan Bhagat’s book through mail. Initially without much interest I started reading it. As I scrolled through page by page everyday (I only use to read during my travel in train to office) That interest of reading started latched on all over again. PC Thanks for waking up the out-of-action reading habit within me. By the time I finished the book I was looking forward to more reading. I started exploring options of reading books and then my cousin SS told me of couple of places where I can get books to read on rental basis incase I don’t want to buy. Meanwhile I already had purchase few books online to read on Kindle app.
So here on again I found my old pal in way of reading books. Reading helps me get peace of mind. Reading helps me run down memory lane of my young days. Reading helps me to gain strength and become more stronger (ofcourse not physical strength). Now I always carry a book with me and always looking for an opportunity to read it.
I am not a person who can finish a book at one go but if the topic/story is interesting then I do wanna finish the book at rapid pace. I like to read more of non-fiction books. I do prefer to read paper books as compare to ebooks; the reason as to why i prefer paper books is over here…
It’s not only myself but my wife and my daughter (only during holidays) have got into the habit of reading. I and my wife between us, many times do give ratings of the common books which we read.
There is a nice handy website www.goodreads.com through which i keep track of my friend’s book list and also I can check which book has better rating and how many books an author has published till now.
You can also go through my book shelf by clicking here..
Ok, I am not here to teach you any lessons on genders. I am sure by now you all must be teaching others how to differentiate between genders.
The other day I was discussing about the types of books I like to read with one of my friend and it was anonymously decided that I like more of fiction books as compared to non-fiction. If you have a look at My Bookshelf then it will justify my answer.
Well, the next question was whether I like to read books written by Male authors or Female authors. I was surprised to hear this. I personally till now have not given it much thought. I randomly pick up books and read. I am a sort of reader who is not very curious about the author’s personal life. I have never differentiated between genders while reading any books.
My interest is in fiction books and no matter who is the author (male or female) as long as the content and story of the book is good I just pick it up and start reading. I also do take suggestions and references from SS too.
I replied back to my friend that I never think about whether the book is written by a male or a female. But yes later on I did check my bookshelf and I discovered that I have read books more of men authors rather than women authors.
If I think about the plot and stories of all the books read, I feel all of them have written well. I don’t think that only a particular gender can write interesting stories. Now after this post I have decided to balance my reading between men and women authors.
And I would be happy to know from you:
Does the gender of the author matter to you when you pick a book to read? Does writing fiction have anything to do with gender? Do you know if you’ve read more books by women than men?
When I was a child I clearly remember that all the books I use to read whether school text books, comic books or any other books; all were maintained neat and clean. I never used to scribble or mark anything with pencil or pen inside the books I read. I am a person who likes to keep all my books very tidy.
I have seen lots of people reading books with a pen in their hand – underlining paragraphs, making notes on the sides of the book, folding pages. Well I can’t withstand doing all this.
Now-a-days there are colourful highlighters available which many people use for different purposes, fluorescent green for less important, blue as more important, red as highly important :). Also now there are colourful strips of page markers available too which one can use to avoid folding page. Well, I still will avoid any such fancy highlighters in my books.
Till date I have preserved few of my engineering books as well as few other books which I felt I would need and I enjoy reading it again. If you happen to go through those books of mine then you will find them very neat and clean, maybe very few places there will be marks of brackets “( & )” that too made with pencil. I feel using a pen or highlighter on printed words is like doing cruelty on the book. A pen in hand while reading is like a hawk flying over the fields waiting to pounce for prey.
Some do say that marking helps going through the important texts on last-minute. Do marking full paragraphs and pages by pages solve the purpose of importance? Well I think that every word in the text books during school or college time is important.
I have tried reading books with a pen in hand and I could not concentrate on my reading as I was more worried that the printed text might get hurt with the sharp object in my hand. My childhood habit did not let me scratch a single line. And now with e-books and e-readers marking with pen will soon get extinct.
What about you? Do you use a pen while reading? Or are you inline with me of avoiding any marking in the books?