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Reading has always been my favorite hobby since I was introduced to the magical universe of books. I love reading books as it improves our vocabulary as well as enhances our creative mind. It gives me a sense of peace and satisfaction in quenching my thirst for knowledge. It helps to know the world around you better. It is an excellent method to mitigate your pressure, much the same as a natural therapy. I love the power of books to explore our past, present, and future. Books are immortal and I can’t envision a world without books.

I was an ardent reader during my school days. But during my college days, I got busy with my college life schedule. So, I wasn’t able to focus much on reading. Apart from that, my procrastination also occupied a great role. But this lockdown has cleared me an approach to return to my old reading days and I am so happy with that.
There are many tips to help cultivate your reading habit. You can always carry a book to wherever you go, by reading at least 10-15 pages per day or read books that excite you. However, there’s more you can do. The habit of reading cannot be compelled to anybody. You ought to consistently allow yourself to stop on the off chance that you are losing interest. Before you want to start reading, ask yourself why? The answer may vary according to the personal interest of a person.

During the lockdown, I had pretty much free time. So, I thought of reading a book titled ‘Ikigai; The Japanese secret to a long and happy life’ by Albert Liebermann & Hector Garcia. It is a life-changing book. I cherished the book deeply. I completed the book in one go. One thing that I loved about this lockdown was getting on track with my reading habit. Before lockdown, I just read fiction books. But now I read many genres like non-fiction, self-help, crime & thriller, etc. Though it was a slow process, I loved every bit of being on track again. Also, I am a quote lover person.

Some of my favourite quotes from books are:

“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say. That way, you’ll never have to fear an unanticipated blow.” – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“Confidence doesn’t mean that everything will go our way. It simply gives us the ability to accept failures that we will inevitably meet on our path and move forward with hope.” – Three Thousand Stitches by Sudha Murthy

“if you have not made somebody’s day happier, if you’ve not appreciated something good that has happened to you and if you have not felt thankful to be alive, then you have wasted that day of your life on earth!” – Life Is What You Make It by Preethi Shenoy

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” – Animal Farm by George Orwell

“The words that come out of our mouths do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space, and they will come back to us in due time.” – Fourty Rules Of Love by Elif Shafaf

Earlier, I felt really bad staring at large piles of unread books on my book-shelf. Reading a book after many years was a herculean task for me as I couldn’t concentrate much. However, it was worth it. Reading books is a good quality that a person can possess. They are truly your companion because you can rely upon them, regardless of what your state of mind is.