I'm a bibliophile. I can remember buying and collecting books as a kid. I got this habit from my Mom (Amma Jaan). She would always buy me and Areeba books . We would buy snacks and drinks and eat them while reading. It went on for years.
I got away from reading when I was a senior in high school , I hardly even had time to read magazine but when high school was over , I was back to be a vivid reader.
Mainly , I am an over-night reader. If I start a book , it's way too hard to put it down. Or characters would come and haunt me to complete the book. Haye! it's better to read the book after 12 at night. So I can read right till morning. Usually , I complete a book within 5-6 hours.
I prefer to read book with a strong plot and sensible message to be conveyed. I once heard from someone that what you learn from a book would always stay in your mind. So instead of reading disturbing literature , you should read some great books that may change your life in a good way.
There are some very good books that changed my whole perspective about life. I didn't only get to read fiction but also a great message from each book.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I have read this story in childhood , many times. But I completed the novel a while back. It was about a boy who travels to various places and learns a lot about life. This book let me explore my mind within the locations and thoughts of the boy. It was a classic , I'm telling you.
Lesson I learned : Be honest and keep a deep look round your surrounding. Good things come to those who wait , literally.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
It is , without any doubt, the most successful book of this year. or decade. Though it went all mainstream , I still think it was well deserved. This book was a mix of emotions and struggle. It's about two teenagers who had cancer and they fell in love. But no , it's not your average YA romance book.
I also wrote What I Learned From The Fault In Our Stars.
Lesson I learned : Difficulties of life shouldn't stop you from loving what you already have. Take care of the people who care about you. Love is a precious thing and not everyone's lucky enough to have found it.
If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon is an amazing thriller writer. If Tomorrow Comes is a story of a brilliant woman who had to face criminal difficulties though she was all innocent. After that , she actually becomes a con artist. Inter-pol and detectives chased her but she tricks them all.
I was so furious what had happened to Tracy Whitney (Protagonist) at first. But how she managed it and led a whole different life afterwards.
"She was going to make them pay… Tomorrow, she thought. If tomorrow comes." I loved this line.
Lesson I learned : If you're innocent , in no way anyone can do wrong to you. If you're dedicated , you can achieve ANYTHING.
Pir-E-Kamil by Umera Ahmed
This book is from a Pakistani author , Umera Ahmed. She's a wonderful writer and her books are always so amazing. I have read almost all of her books. But this one is my most favorite.
It's a story of a guy who has an IQ of 150 but he's a spoiled person. He experiments with everything , even suicide. Yes , he wants to feel how one dies. His life changes after a girl and religion. God , I couldn't put this book down. Pir-E-Kamil was published in Urdu but has been translated in English.
Lesson I learned : If you strive hard for something with honesty , you'll get it. If only that thing is good for you.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
I read this book after the movie was released.
It's a completely different story. Reminds me of Harry Potter though. The world in Divergent is so civilized. They're separated in factions and those factions are trained within their own rules.
Lesson I learned : Instead of escaping from your weakness , try to face it. Unless it will kill you and you wouldn't be able to do anything about it.
I have a lot of other books to be shared but I could only do five at the moment. BUT.... Books can never get old , they're always a valuable friend.
What are some books that influenced you & taught a lesson?