Love love love reading. Its not just about learning something new however, its also about relaxation, spiritual fulfilment and having fun.
Books really do open up our minds – many people say the right book can even allow us to live a different life and travel the world without even leaving our chairs! I agree totally.
They also enable us to look at the world through others eyes. We can even get to visit and experience places we might otherwise never be able to get to in our lifetimes. So its all positive as far as I am concerned.
I have listed below some of my favourite reads – different (some very) from each other, giving the reader a myriad of insights and experiences.
- The Kite Runner – If you haven’t read this one yet, please do. It is set against the backdrop of Afghanistan from around the early 1970’s through to the early 2000’s. Look it up, and give it a chance, as you will certainly gain from the experience.
- Pride and Prejudice – just love that opening line of the book don’t you fellas? “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife”. Don’t agree? If you find yourself getting angry at the many examples still (in many countries of the world) of the differences of cast and class, you will get something from this book. I believe it’s a book for the guys too.
- A Single Man – Chris Isherwood. – This one packs a punch, it’s not what you would call a light read but would be more than worth an investment of your time.
- The Reader – a telling story concerning both personal and national guilt!
As William Styron said – “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.
(William Styron was an American novelist and essayist who won many major literary awards for his work including a Pulitzer Prize. As a matter of interest amongst his novels was the book Sophie’s Choice!)