The common habit noticed in all the achievers is – regular reading. They try to spend their maximum free time in gathering information, which is ultimately the best way to nourish and enhance oneself. Billionaires such as Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill Gates consume a great amount of knowledge and information through books every day. For some people, reading is just accumulating information, whereas for some it’s a hobby and for a few, an escape. Isn’t it? When was the last time you read? Well, scrolling through your social media doesn’t count for reading. If you’re one of those who doesn’t like reading on a regular basis, then here’s something you must heed to.
WHY SHOULD ONE INDULGE IN BOOK READING?
Even if you are not a bookworm, it is highly recommended to read the whole article because, you wouldn’t want to miss out on any of the benefits which will be mentioned below. Here are some amazing facts about book reading:
No matter how much stressed you are at work, in your personal space or due to several other issues, it all just seems to goe away when you lose yourself in a good story.
It’s very simple. When you read, you automatically learn and get to know about the things you weren’t aware of. And hence, you’re informed now! Well, it’s true, knowledge is the only power which nobody can take away..
Improved Focus and Concentration
Try reading a book for 20-30 minutes every morning and you’ll be surprised to see how much more focused you are the whole day.
The more you read, the more words you learn. Even if all of us may not essentially become Shashi Tharoor, being articulate and well-spoken turns out to be a great help in any profession today.
With that established, let’s look at 10 books one must give a shot to – for a wholesome book reading experience!
1. Half a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata
A must read for all middle school students. Award-winning author Cynthia Kadohata tells the story of Jaden, a troubled 12-year-old Romanian boy who was adopted at age 8 and was brought to the United States. He lies, steals, and breaks promises to his adoptive parents. But over the course of the novel, his emotional growth is unbelievable and moving.
2. The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
Deborah Ellis in this book appraises the story of a young Afghan girl, Parvana, and showcases the various tragedies she and her family undergo during a period of war. This book gives the reader an understanding of the world outside while teaching them to value the little things life gives.
3. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
This is a story of a girl named Willow Chance who lost both of her parents in a car accident, but she is able to make her life better eventually. Books which interprets that tragedies can be survived, definitely makes one stronger. It’s undoubtedly hard being a middle school kid, but it’s a little easier knowing what’s possible.
4. Ghost by Jason Reynolds
This story is about Castle Crenshaw, known as Ghost, who is a wicked fast runner. In this book he’s not only running for sports, he’s running from his past and anger that are buried inside him. This book will help you realize your lost value and worth.
5. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wonder tells the story of a 10-year-old boy named August, who is an ordinary boy in many ways but is born with facial deformities and looks very different from other students. After joining the school, August was stared at and tormented but he eventually finds friendship and love. Auggie’s story will change the way we see people with deformities.
6. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist describes a tale of a young shepherd named Santiago who is able to find a treasure beyond his wildest dreams. Along the journey, he learns to listen to his heart and, realizes that his dreams are not just his but part of the Soul of the Universe. You will feel that this journey is yours and it will help you find the courage to follow your dreams.
7. Wings of Fire by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
Wings of Fire is an autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam written jointly by Arun Tiwari and Abdul Kalam. It covers Kalam’s life before he became the president of India. This book will teach you how to stay focused on your life and how to persist in spite of all failures.
8. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
This book is about life, without exaggeration. It tells the story of Amir and Hassan, the closest of friends, who also are experts in the art of kite flying. The two young boys live in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and this year they are going to try harder than ever to win the local kite-fighting tournament – a popular Afghan pastime. But just like the kites battling in the sky, war comes to Afghanistan, and the country becomes an extremely dangerous place. This book makes you reconsider your actions, your attitude towards life and your loved ones.
9. The Road Ahead By Bill Gates
Founder of Microsoft and one of the richest men in the world, this book by Bill Gates is both thought-provoking as well as inspiring. This book has the ideas, dreams, and predictions of the future of computers and technology, drafted by the man who himself changed the nature of how people communicate with one another.
10. Rich Dad, Poor Dad By Robert Kiyosaki
Personal finance author, Kiyosaki writes an incredible theory on economic disparity. He uses two different protagonists to highlight his views on financial success and monetary literacy – his own highly educated but financially unstable father and the multimillionaire eighth-grade dropout father of a close friend. The book teaches you various important things that you should be aware of before stepping out of your high school.