In a book club discussion, not too long ago, someone said, “I don’t read fiction. It’s just a waste of time.” The remark stung me a bit because I read a lot of fiction. But as is usually my wont I did not say anything at the time because, maybe, the person was right. Maybe reading fiction was a waste of time.
I had, however, forgotten all about the discussion and was merrily going on with my fiction reading routine, until something brought the subject back to my attention. Not surprisingly, I turned to the Internet for answers and found that reading fiction, especially literary fiction, made you a better person indeed. There is even a published study and a review that talk about how reading fiction is good for you, even more than reading non-fiction.
My faith in fiction being restored, I then decided to look into my own experiences to figure out how reading has helped me.
Most people will agree with me when I say that being happy is simultaneously the easiest thing and the most difficult thing. While some find happiness in the simplest of things, there are others who are unhappy even when they have almost everything. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the search for happiness is one of man’s oldest quests.
Today’s man is no different. We are always striving to be happier than we were the day before. But, unfortunately we don’t always succeed. In reality, we are mostly less happier than we were the day before because the past is usually remembered with fondness, and the present always seems like a tough time. So, here are three things that I am doing to be happy, and you can try them too.
Till date, I have never read a complete book on an electronic device of any kind. But, that is about to change as I recently acquired a Kindle device. One of the advantages of Kindle is that the eBooks are cheaper than their printed versions. In fact, there are many great books that are available for free on Kindle.
Here, I have compiled a list of 35 great novels that are available for free on kindle. Now, you have no excuse not to read them.
To Buy, or Borrow?
Recently, one of the authors I follow on Twitter tweeted something about people borrowing her book to read, instead of buying it, being heartless. Being an aspiring author, who hopes to sell a lot of books someday, I could understand where the author was coming from. But, being an avid reader too, I could not help but wonder whether it was possible to buy all the books that one wanted.
So, I decided to make a case both for and against this dilemma that every book lover faces.