To me reading is like meditation. I love reading, no matter where I’m and in what situation. Even now and then I considered taking a job at any big library where I can read unlimited books while working too! But later on I thought it could back fire!
Reading is a mandatory for personal growth and for a remarkable life. However, all readings are not equally helpful or important. Although many of us opines that reading, any type of it, is good but I differ.
I do believe reading has a pervasive impact on us. It influences our thinking and subsequently defines how we act and respond. When we read a book we see the world through the eyes of the characters of that books, of that writer. We experience their expectation, frustration, sorrows and life style. And when fall in love with a character we try to become that character in our life, like Himu by Humayun Ahmed.
So, there is no way to take reading nonchalantly that how important reading list is. And we must be careful in choosing what to read and what not.
I ask myself 5 questions before taking any reading decision. To me what to read and what not is important because reading a bad book is more harmful than not reading at all.
Basic questions: These two questions are my guiding principles of reading. Whenever I decide to read I try to judge it by these two questions.
1. What I don’t know?
2. What I need to know?
Specific questions: These three questions help me to figure out how knowledge from a particular reading is going help me.
1. How this book is relevant with my living?
2. How this book will help me to achieve my goals?
3. What kind of life lessons I can extract from the book?
Reading should, at first place, be guided by single principle of exploration. Knowing and understanding should be the first step on the way ahead.
I believe a book should do one of 5 things: inform, inspire, educate, entertain or instruct/give a way out. If your reading does none of these then I think you are wasting your time.
Don’t you think one should be more thoughtful in choosing a book/reading?