Reading is Happiness, Reading is Everything

Two nights in a row now, I’ve fallen asleep with my glasses still on my face, the lights still on, and clutching my E-reader. I’d find myself awake a few hours later with the book still open to the page I last read. And that really painful feeling of having my glasses pressed to my nose.

But honestly, I’ve never felt happier. Because if you replace the E-reader with a traditional book, you get pretty much every night of my childhood.

There have been too many articles, lists, and posts documenting and explaining what a good book can do to someone. And I completely agree with every single one of them. I know that if I wasn’t an avid reader, I probably wouldn’t  be the person I am today.

Whenever I think about it, I always feel depressed that I let other things get in the way of my passion for books- which led me to go down from reading two books a week (yes, I read very, very fast), to maybe one every month. Because I always put everything else ahead of one of the things I could always count on to make me happy.

Currently, I’ve started with Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, a novel I’ve been meaning to read since I gifted a copy of it to a friend in 2012. Yes, I’ve been putting that off for 3 years. I blame Buzzfeed for being a distraction.

I snapped this picture of my E-reader while I was having my bowl of cereal this morning just before going to work.

And I can’t put it down. Two days into reading and I’m more than 30 percent through with it, catching onto every word, trying to visualize the characters and places and being completely taken with the dialogue.

As with every book, I am transported to the time and place and tend to forget about what’s going on around me. To the point that I know I’ll be the kind of person to completely ignore all the pending housework and making food for the sake of finishing the story.

So if you’re like me, and you’ve been meaning to read a book but just can’t,  remember you’re the one that’s stopping yourself. All it takes is to get the book and start. You’ll get to the end, I’m sure

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Uday says:

    Well we bookworms are pretty much the same I guess. 🙂 When I was in college I used to devour one book per week, sometimes more. Now I pat my back if I finish one book per month!

    For me, the worst part is how people think I’m being selfish when I sit down with a book, ignoring everyone around. They’d rather see me making idle chatter to them!!

    1. TK says:

      I especially hate it when I’m at the airport, on a plane, or at the beach and people want to be friendly while I’m reading! I’m sorry but my book is more interesting!

      Are you reading anything at the moment? I would love some recommendations for when I finish this one.

      1. Uday says:

        Oh tell me about it! I lost count of the times I’ve been made to close my book because people thought I was being rude! *sigh*

        Umm I’m currently reading a supernatural thriller set in India 🙂 It’s a new genre for me too but I am liking it so far! The book you’re currently reading is on my TBR!! If you’re on Goodreads, we can share recommendations there as well! 😀

  2. artman413 says:

    Yet again, we find ourselves in the same situation!

    A voracious reading habit during high school and the early years of college has been reduced to a book every couple of months, if that.

    In fact, I’d say the majority of my reading nowadays is blog posts. Not a bad thing at all, mind you, but I’d love to sit down with a good book again soon.

    1. TK says:

      At least it’s not Buzzfeed. Those listicles are addictive- but nowhere near the feeling of a good book.

      Also, we have got to stop echoing each other’s thoughts and experiences… This is getting creepy 😛

      1. artman413 says:

        I know!

        Good thing I’m not getting married, or we’d basically have the same blog!

  3. Karthik says:

    One thing I absolutely hate – interrupting my reading.

    What’s worse than being pulled down from your imagination ?

  4. HumaAq says:

    Lol.. I used to do that, clinged on a book once started till I would end it. Even remember to read books in cell phone light after mom scolded enough to go to bed. Nice blog

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