The Bookworm’s Motive

Where do I find the time for not reading so many books?

 -Karl Kraus

Why read? My answer to this ridiculous questions is, why not read?! I can remember snuggling up in bed at a tender age and becoming captivated by the tale of Robin Hood read aloud by my dad. (The real novel not the Disney version.) He would change his voice with each new character and show such enthusiasm for each story he read us- my sister, my brother and I- that it would have been difficult to not fall in love the with plethora of worlds stories present.

English: Old books

English: Old books (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In my opinion, the best thing about reading novels is the escape that it allows. Life rarely works out how we plan; and for me, I delve into a 300 page book and whatever is bothering me fades to the back as I immerse myself in another kingdom, another world, another time and view life through another person’s eye. Since time travel and teleportation still only feature in fiction films and novels- unless there is a mad scientist out there in his subterranean lab conducting experiments attempting to send chimps into future or teleporting them from one disk to another. I find the best way to perform those very acts is to crack open a book and get right to it. Where else can you enjoy the city and experience the blistering sun and sand of Ancient Egypt transferring from one locale to the other in a matter of seconds?

Oftentimes, I am asked what type of books that I like to read and for the better part of a decade I have been hooked onto several Fantasy series. However, the truth is I read pretty much anything I can get my hands on. Reading helps not only learn facts you never knew, but also it can change your outlook. You can learn about yourself. The best books are ones that you can read over and over again and discover something new about yourself.

Below, in no particular order, is a list of books that I think every person should read. Each is one I would read again and each broadened my perception of life. The list I am sure will continue to grow.

  1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  2. The Sunflower by Richard Paul Evans
  3. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  4. The Last Promise by Richard Paul Evans
  5. The Walk series by Richard Paul Evans
  6. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  7. The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry
  8. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  9. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

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