Dear readers hope your Wednesday was more productive than mine. Thanks to blogchatter atleast finishing this blog had a deadline or else this would have been sacrificed by my procrastination monster too.
Well, today I want to jog your memory and take you back to the days when reading a novel on a Kindle wasn’t a phenomenon.
I am a mother of a five-year-old daughter and about to bring another child into this world. The first novel that I read was “The stars shine down” written by Sidney Sheldon. My journey of reading novels has gone through a roller coaster ride. Over time it became my best companion however, it wasn’t the case since the beginning.
I am a true romantic at heart and like others believe that one can’t forget the first love of their life, I believe, one can’t forget their first read as well. If their heart was in it and it left a long-lasting impact.
How it all started?
I am a product of a government school and books never fascinated me. I was in 12th standard and wasn’t very bright when it came to academics. All thanks to my economics teacher, I was intrigued to test if my interest was not in books or the way it was introduced. She asked me to pick a novel and come back after 10 days with the story. I had no one to rely on because my parents weren’t into novels and this idea didn’t please them much. Board exams and Indian parents are a match-made in heaven, I swear. Anyways, I was gifted a novel by a friend who thoroughly enjoyed reading novels. Although, as per my teacher Sidney Sheldon’s novel wasn’t really the ideal type that she advised but okay with it given she didn’t want to discourage my enthusiasm.
I went to her after 4 days and narrated the whole plot. She said the gleam in my eyes was different that day. That is how I was introduced to the world of books and their magical world. We worked together and ma’am made sure to teach a lot of topics in a way of stories and not just what’s written in the NCERT book. Not only did I score the highest in economics in my class, but I also managed to score more than my parents ever expected.
First pregnancy and reading
On the days when I don’t want to see the outside world or people who make it worse, I find my escape in books. Contrary to others, my reading has increased post I adorned the hat of motherhood. I absolutely abhorred when people passed their opinions and advice on me and as a coping mechanism, I found my solace in books.
From reading “Inferno” to “Tamas” and from Haruki Murakami to Jane Austen, I found my world in these stories and authors. I know, my choices were and are pretty eclectic when it comes to books.
To be honest, my choices often depend on my mental state at that point in time when I am deciding to pick up a book. Well, the days I read Tamas instead of reading something to make me happy I chose what reflected within me, I was battling postpartum depression and wanted to know how bad the world can get. It was absurd, I know.
Anyone with their right frame of mind would have deterred to pick such a choice but my heart found some weird calmness reading the book. I felt the pain through that book and that deviated my thoughts of feeling empty from inside.
How is it going?
I read books with positivity and happy endings when I feel happy from within because somehow I can relate with the emotions there and other days I just scoff at happily ever after. I don’t know if it’s just me or anyone out there who can also relate to such a thought process of deciding to read a book.
For the last few years, I have a routine, and not a day goes by without reading a few pages of a novel. I use to be afraid of reading new authors or usually stuck to the romance genre. A lot has changed and now I feel more comfortable with other genres too, non-fiction still seems a bit odd to me. Reading debut novels doesn’t give me jitters anymore, thanks to this, I have discovered a few fabulous reads.
Currently reading Norwegian Woods by Haruki Murakami and soon will be back with its review 🙂 till then don’t forget to share your first novel and its memory in the comment section below.
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