Reading Books

#52booksin52weeks Challenge

Books. They are the source of inspiration and knowledge. There’s a popular opinion on the interwebs, if you want to touch the sky then find mentors who have already done that. I’m paraphrasing, obviously. I believe that books are like virtual mentors. One cannot go to Stratford-upon-Avon to sip tea and chat with Shakespeare or go back in time to 6th century Arabia for a knowledge quest from the Holy Prophet of Islam. Books left behind by some of the world’s greatest men and women are there with us to guide us towards living the good life.

I’ve always been fascinated with books and wanted to read more. I’ve been a Tsundoku for years. Then, I came across an awesome blogpost on #52booksin52weeks challenge by Nicole Zhu and from Nicole’s blogpost another related Medium article by Julien Smith. I was hooked. I challenged myself to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I understood that taking up this challenge means I have to modify my daily habits and mindset. I chose reading over mindless Youtube videos, social media and TV time. I created new Twitter and Instagram pages to track and share my progress. And, resurrected my Goodreads page.

At the moment, I’ve read 6 books and the key takeaways from just those books amazes me. Here are the droplets from an ocean:

  • Identify what’s important now in your life and eliminate the rest one-by-one.
  • Learning the art and science of social dynamics will not only enable you to become a likable person but will enable you to be a better human being.
  • There’s something powerful in journaling. Writing things down, will make it happen in real life.
  • Ditch your to-do lists and embrace your calendar.
  • In the end, all that matters is be nice and enjoy your life.

As we enter into 2016, I’m looking forward to share my #52booksin52weeks journey in this blog and I invite you to follow the blog and share your thoughts.

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