Reading is not only educational but also entertaining and relaxing. Reading improves your mind, reduces stress, enhances smarts, and all this just by reading! But do we make time to take a good book and just read?
Do you make time to read?
I used to say: “I’m too busy to read”. I know now that I was not busy, I just did not make the time to read. There is always time to read. So I made a promise to myself to read every day even if it’s only, for 10 minutes. Once I opened my book these 10 minutes turned into more. I read when I feel like it, it does not have to be at the same time every day. I do this now every day and it works for me.
When did it start
I was 21 years old when I first got into reading. It was a book by John Grisham “The Partner”. Ever since I read this book I was hooked on reading. Every day when I got home from school, I just wanted to read, read and read. It was such a thriller of a book and I loved it. I loved the excitement and the advocate business in these stories. I become hooked on the books by John Grisham. After a while, I got on a search to discover other writers. I love thriller type stories.
My next writer is a Dutch writer Simone van de Vlugt. My first book was “The Reunion”. I have almost read all of her books (the thriller ones). I love her style and it reads pretty easily. She uses cities nearby, that makes it even more alive when I read it. Just want to keep reading to know how it ends, that is the excitement I want in a book. I love the twisted endings, which you do not see coming and leaves you with a big question mark.
Fantasy stories are also one of my favorite, books from J.R.R. Tolkien “The Lord of the Rings”, ” The Hobbit “, Books from Anne Rice “The Mayfair Witches “Witching Hour”, “Lasher” and “Taltos” Fantasy takes me to another world. I feel relaxed when I enter these kinds of worlds. To be at a place you’ll now it never could happen and is full of magic…love it!
Back in the days
The only time I used to read was at holidays. I would always have my book with me so I would read anywhere I could on holidays. So relaxing. This is when I would usually read the most books in a whole year.
Reading now every day
Nowadays I’m hooked on non-fiction books. I only read/study books about self-development, my profession (massages), Mind & Body, Growth, Healthy Food, Health, etc.
– The Body Speaks Your Mind – by Deb Shapiro;
– The four and fifth agreement – The Mastery of Love -, The Knowledge – by Don Miquel Ruiz;
– Feel the Fear and do it Anyway – by Susan Jeffers;
– A New Earth – by Eckhart Tole;
– The Transformational Power of Fasting –by Stephen Harrod Buhner.
I have a wish list full with other books and I love to add more and more to it.
Two years ago I began to read all my books in English. Why? I prefer the originals because the translations in Dutch are not always the best.
Since I’m on this road I just do not take the time to read fiction anymore. I tried it last year on a holiday, but my mind went to other books I had brought with me. I need to get knowledge at this point in my life. No fiction for now. The knowledge I’m getting brings me so much joy and happiness in my life. So I read/study every day because it makes me happy and smarter (Book Nerd)… HAHAHA!
Books on the Road
When you’re on the road you can also find books on Youtube and listen to them on the way to your appointment/work. You will find that there is always a way to get your reading done. Go to your local library. Get yourself some rest, take the time for yourself. We are living in a crazy, busy world and we need to take a pause for ourselves. You owe it to your mind and body.
I am still so happy for that time when I first read “the Partner” because it brought me something for life. I cannot have a life without my books.
~Choose to be Happy~
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