We are a family of proud bibliophiles. My parents were readers and many evenings everyone read together. Our meals were infused with the stories mom told us from Ramayana, Mahabharat & Shakespearean plays. Grandpa encouraged reading by presenting first grader me with Robinson Crusoe. Growing up on Bakor Patel and Amar Chitra Katha was pure bliss.
As a child, while my peers played in school yard, I grabbed a bunch of books and read. On lazy summer afternoons, I got lost in a book & went on an adventure. I was not very good at games and was a somewhat shy kid. Books allowed me to explore the worlds and get lost in the stories. I am not much different today. I continue to read, and be amazed by human nature, grit, complexity and hope.
Image: The Bhagavad Gita
I read from a wide range of books. I read picture books, comics, graphic novels, YA books, juvenile books, chapter books, bibliographies, self-help books, fantasy, science fiction,….I enjoy Eric Carle as much as Jodi Picoult and Amish Tripathi. I will to read anything from Amy Tan , Maeve Binchy and John Grisholm. Just like many of you, I went to midnight celebrations of Harry Potter books from J. K. Rowling and cried while reading Jacqueline Woodson’s Hush. What can I say about Tagore? He, the writer of Gitanjali, the Nobel laureates, the sage poet who knew a child’s heart!
There is not what I do not read. OK. So I do not read: horror, slash n dash AKA gory detailed, murder mysteries, and bodice rippers style books. Therefore, no Fifty Shades of Grey or Games of Thorn are banished from my bookshelf . Janet Evanovich & Mary Higgins Clark, you are wonderful writers but your books are not for me.
I shared my book choices with you. Now it is your turn. What kind of books you like to read?