Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Reading - Day 18 of A to Z Blogging Challenge - Things I Love

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I already had another subject for the letter B rather than 'books', but I've been able to blag it and substitute the word 'books' for 'reading' - after all, what else would you do with a book other than read it? Apart from leaving it on the shelf .. 

I read the occasional newspaper - the only paper I buy now is the Football League Paper. I read articles on the internet. But nothing beats reading a good old book. Whilst most people prefer to read fiction books, I prefer to read non-fiction. I don't know why, but I find a lot of fiction books quite hard to get into. If there is a deep meaning behind the story, like The Alchemist, then I can get into it. But quite a lot of fiction books would likely just leave me feeling indifferent. Fiction definitely has its place, however.  

Usually, I read books that relate to spirituality and/or personal development. In the past, I have been more than guilty of reading a book in the hope that it might provide a solution or relief to my problems, or that it might contain some magic information that would change and revolutionise my life. The self-help junkie definitely likes books. Whilst I'm not quite as bad now, I still have a temptation to read a good book when I'm feeling down. I think it's better to be a little more balanced - whilst I think it's important to find the answers within yourself, sometimes a book can contain priceless information that can really help. 

My favourite book is probably still 'The Power of Now' by Eckhart Tolle, which is almost a modern day bible for anyone who wants to awaken and transcend mind patterns that have kept them in bondage. 

As well as these types of books, I also enjoy reading travel books and finding out more about different parts of the world, and also I read biographies now and again. Books are and will continue to be a vital part of western life. I hope that the kindle does not mean the eventual demise of paperbacks. I have to admit I have a few ebooks on my Kindle for PC now, but you can't beat a proper book. 

's all for now folks. Until tomorrow :-) 

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