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What should I read today and how can I make time? (blog marathon post 7)

Thank you to all your 'get well soon' wishes, I am feeling so much better today. No fever, just a running nose, and my eyes feel like they have to be propped up with toothpicks, to be kept open.
Nothing that a little bit of rest won't cure. And yes, as soon as I finish this post, I am curling up in bed and going to sleep---only after I finish reading though. I need a book to fall asleep. I read till the  words blur and the lines merge. I am currently reading 'The Magic strings of Frankie Presto' by Mitch Albom and enjoying it thoroughly. His writing is sheer poetry. His 'Tuesdays with Morrie' remains my all time favourite book. I also LOVED his 'The Timekeeper'.

One of my favourite quotes from the book:
 There is a reason God limits our days.'
'Why?'
'To make each one precious.”
                         ---Mitch Albom in The Timekeeper.
The philosophy  behind this, is something  I try to embrace. Every single day that we are alive, is a gift. We need to use it well.
I had highly recommended this book to a good friend of mine, who is an avid reader, and who devours books. She read it and she disliked it. She said she found it 'too abstract'.

That's the thing about books. They are so personal. Once an author finishes writing a book, and it reaches the reader, the book becomes the reader's. To interpret as they like. To read when they want. To close it, if they get bored.

When people ask me to recommend a book, I always hesitate. It is like asking someone 'What should I eat today?'
The answer would be 'What you enjoy eating'.
In the absence of any information about preferences of taste, recommending what they may like to eat, would be a wild guess. To elucidate, the person may like Chinese food, but you may recommend a South-Indian dish. The person may or may not like South-Indian. If he/she does, it could be by a sheer chance. A better way to narrow down their preferences would be to ask how open minded they are when it comes to food, do they like spicy or bland, do they have any preferences of cuisine etc, before recommending a dish to them.
It is the same with books. Unless you know something about their reading tastes, and what genre they enjoy and a little bit about their personality, it would be very hard to recommend a book.
At most you can peep into their minds, to see what they enjoy.

That's all from me for now folks. See you tomorrow. Till then, pick up a book and read! Reading makes you smarter. (research based fact). If you say that you lack time to read, then here are five ways you can make time to read:

http://blog.preetishenoy.com/2013/06/5-ways-to-make-more-time-to-read-blog.html

Till tomorrow, keep smiling.






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  2. Reading is like peace to the soul. Thanks for the lovely write up Preeti madam.

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  3. Good post Mam...If we are really interested to do something, we find time to do it, same is with reading, if we are really interested to read, we surely find time.

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  4. Good post Mam...If we are really interested to do something, we find time to do it, same is with reading, if we are really interested to read, we surely find time.

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  5. Truly agree with ur words. Me n my brother have the reading tastes which r the opposite poles of a magnet. And he wants me to read his favourite adventurous fantasies which I can't read more than a few pages no matter how hard I try. We have a small sibling debate over this topic every now n then.

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  6. And yes one should never stop reading, no matter how busy he/she is. I too read atleast half an hour daily and when I don't read till night, I feel the day is not worthy to be labelled complete.

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  7. Someone rightly said reading lets you live a thousand lives before you die

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  8. Someone rightly said reading lets you live a thousand lives before you die

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  9. Reading is really a stress reliever for me and sometimes when I stop reading, I could not imagine that it had been more than 3hours, I have been reading. Some of books really connect you well with it that you want to keep it going on and on. Get Well Soon, Take Care..!!!

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  10. When I was a kid, I used to read a lot. Then as time changed, so did my habits. However, after your book, "The Secret Wishlist" was launched, I started reading again and since then I have bought all your books which I enjoy reading. I have also let my friends read your works and they feel happy to be able to connect to your stories. Eagerly waiting for your next book to be released, Preeti! Thanks to you, I started reading again :-)

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