HOW READING CAN CHANGE OUR LIVES?
“I believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
Have you ever read a book that has changed your life? I like to believe that there is no only one book but every book that I have read created me who I am today and the road I am walking. It is my own spiritual journey that I took, since I was a 7-year-old child and proud owner of my first library card. That was a sunny day and my granny took me into the school library and told me that I should meet the best friends I will ever have, books. She was so right. There is no more loyal friend as a book and I am always sad when I finish reading the book. It is like a los, my own los of someone or something I like and need. The last page is goodbye to the wonderful moments I shared with the book and the writer who opened his own universe of thoughts for me.
The modern and instant world that lives on social media is not a big friend of reading. It is almost like that reading is a wasting of time in the age of constant measuring of likes and comments on digital empty fields. The most important thing is a picture that will be liked and commented with chopped language, short statements and expressive emoticons in expressionless way of communication. How can anyone read when reading is not in? I will tell you something: the reading can never be out for the great people and for everyone else, books are dangerous since they can damage their ignorance. The book is a dangerous weapon, could change the minds and hearts, could influence the future and change the past in the memories. The book is a more than writing, it is a mirror of ourselves. We are what we read so not every book is for everyone but everyone has own partner in crime, among the books.
What do you read this December ? Did you get a book as. Christmas present or did you one gave as a gift yourself ? The books are the ideal Christmas gift because they give a person the whole new world, full of magic, possibilities and dreams to believe in. It is always impossible until someone has done it. The books are the different dimensions of life, the never ending stories of our can and can’t, the confessions of our broken hearts, healed souls and the bodies on rise. The naked tales of the humanity and the little battles of human beings that turn into wars for a justice and love. There are no bad books but the books read in the wrong time.
When I was a curious child, I used to read Five edition by Enid Blyton. Those books have designed my childhood and learnt me to be brave, to explore and to never regret about being the warrior princess and not just a princess. I wanted them so badly in my home library that my parents gave their last money in that period, to provide me those edition, full of undiscovered challenges for me. I may say that I was obsessed and possessed with the spirit of those books, I was their slave and their master. Later, during the high school, I turned into fan of historical love stories. The Bronte Sisters and Jane Austin has profiled my feeling for a true love and senses for the people who can give that to me but Alexandre Dumas books sent me to learn a fencing. I wanted to be a musketeer. When I think of it, I can smile since fencing has been and will always be my favourite sport, the elegance and the skills, all in once.
In my university years, I started being interested in reading bloody thrillers and that has never changed after. This genre is still my number one because I like dark human psychology, the one that is meeting forensics psychology, criminology and psychiatry. I am fascinated with the criminal minds and their modus operandi. Nevertheles, I am planing to write a book myself but it wont be about serial killers but about deadly virus from the rain forest . The love for this field of research and my professional background in Biological counter terrorism will help me to shape the book as a thriller, exciting for reading but with objective perspective.
Today is a Christmas and I want this article to be positive, optimistic and cheerful. That is the reason why I will come out with some book recommendations for a holiday, so you can all embrace the free time and books, with tea or coffee, ensuring the good vibes and eliminating any kind of negative mood around.
So, I suggest you to pick up Friend Request, signed by Laura Marshall, if you are follower of psychological thrillers. Whats happening in this book? Love, friendship, murder and betrayal. It is like a magic circle till the last chapter. The novel is written in the time mixture style so you must be focused on the past events that impact the present situations. Maria Weston sent a friend request to Louise Williams but how that could be possible? Louise knows that Maria is dead. Who is playing behind the social media profile of dead Maria? The setting is more lucrative as it seems at the beginning and the writer doesn’t let us sleep till we read the last sentence of this awesome book.
If you are more inspired with personal development and daily life coaching, there is one book that can make you smile and ready to deal with difficult people. Thomas Erikson has made a boom with his Surrounded by Idiots, showing as all revolutionary methods in communication with uncommunicable, trying to come out with the 4 main type of human behaviour. This Swedish author gave as an opportunity to catch the tricks of successful ongoing with people we should be happy not to have anything with.
The Silent Patient is definitely must read this year and if you do not manage, then in the coming year. The perfection of writing brings Alex Michaelides among the top thriller writers and his Alicia Berenson is actually the portray of human mysterious soul and mind. She was a happy woman in the great marriage but she killed her husband. Why? Nobody knows since Alicia has never spoken again. Her criminal psychotherapist takes that as a pure challenge, he is trying to make her speak again and tell us why she killed her beloved man. The mind-blowing journey into the deepest parts of the human heart and the dark secrets that are buried there.
There is nothing better than to take your book and chose your own journey today, tomorrow and on every coming day of your life. It is something you owe to yourself and your own soul. It is your right to be happy and to meet the worlds you have never known that they exist.
Enjoy it. Merry Christmas and happy reading.
2 thoughts on “THE BOOKS: PORTABLE MAGIC AND SOUL JOURNEY”
Sarah’s delightful and inspirational article induced me to ponder the original books of humanity. For example, ‘The Epic of Gilgamesh’ (c. 2100 BCE); regarded as the most ancient surviving work of literature. It was thanks to the advances in writing by the Mesopotamians that the exiled Hebrew-Jews in Babylon adopted the culture of inscribing upon clay tablets and to evolve through papyrus scrolls later on when manifesting religious texts in Greek to create The Old Testament (originally, written in Ancient Greek by a variety of authors).
According to Herodotus, the Phoenicians brought writing and papyrus to Greece around the 10th or 9th century BCE. The Greek word for papyrus as writing material (biblion) and book (biblos) come from the Phoenician port town Byblos, through which papyrus was exported to Greece.
Whether made from papyrus, parchment, or paper, scrolls were the dominant form of book in the Hellenistic, Roman, Chinese, Hebrew and Macedonian cultures.
The earliest surviving examples of wood or bamboo slips date from the 5th century BCE, during the Warring States period of ancient China. Though, references in earlier texts surviving on other media make it clear that some precursor of these Warring States period bamboo slips was in use as early as the late Shang period (from c. 1250 BCE).
Like Sarah, I believe books reveal to us information about ourselves (e.g. cultural belonging), and prose takes on journeys that may indeed influence us…
What an enticing subject, Sarah !
I totally concur with you in that books are irreplaceable and that this Internet age will never replace books and reading ! We learn so much from books that we can’t learn elsewhere. History is one of my favorite subjects, which is ironic for an engineer, especially World War II.
As a child, I loved new books, be they academic or otherwise, and would enjoy their smell !
Thank you so much, Sarah, for bringing back such wonderful memories !