Books That Made You #BlogChatter #WeeklyPrompt

Whatever I have learnt about life, I have learnt from movies.

You read that right. Apart from living the said life of course . But mostly from movies.

So much so that my favourite quote about reading is also from a movie-  You’ve Got Mail .

“When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.” ― Nora Ephron

So books that turn us into a slightly different and hopefully an improved version of who we are if we had not read them are most likely the one’s that go really back in time with us. Just like places , people and movies – these books happen to us at a specific time for a specific reason.

As we move on from our Carolyn Keene to Dan Browns to Jane Austens to JK Rowlings , we truly come of our own. Experiments with various genre and styles of writing, Seeking out recommendations, trying out everything from award winners to run of the mill over hyped trash.

Reading for me has always been an acquired taste. If you are telling me that you’ve never borrowed or lent and lost or kept a book (and a taste in reading that came with the package) then you’ve not lived .

I wouldn’t call myself a book lover.  It’s the authors that am besotted with . And there are way too many authors that I love dearly. Each has opened up a new world for me , taught me a thing or two about sharp , lucid , creative , witty writing . Through their stories they’ve taught me how its possible to create different worlds and paint so many relationships and perspectives. How to have impossible dreams , to love and lose . To be ambitious and open-minded & more so much more.

Notes To Myself

If there is one book that becomes the extension of the author’s entire being . That’s candid , relatable that we could have written it ourselves , if only we knew how to express the most complex feelings in the simplest of ways then it’s Notes to Myself by Hugh Prather.

I have written at length about how I ve read it through various phases in my life and It has helped me understand things better.  If you haven’t read it , let me share some of my favourite quotes with you.

Reading into lines that don’t exist is our greatest folly.

“What an absurd amount of energy I have been wasting all my life trying to find out how things ‘really are’, when all the time they weren’t.”

― Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person

And however wiser we get , after every possible mistake has been made , we still go ahead and make some more. Maybe don’t repeat the old ones , or do, but surely any wisdom gained doesn’t stop us from yet another miscalculated risk.

“Now that I know that I am no wiser than anyone else, does this wisdom make me wiser?”

― Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person

We want to do every thing as we just don’t know what’s the one thing we really want to do the most. With all our heart.

“There is a part of me that wants to write, a part that wants to theorize, a part that wants to sculpt, a part that wants to teach… To force myself into a single role, to decide to be just on thing in life, would kill off large parts of me.”

― Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person

And we make connections , we reach out , we talk or write or discuss or argue or debate just so that we can communicate.

“I talk because I feel, and I talk to you because I want you to know how I feel.”

― Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person

The more I revisit the book , the more it makes me think and look within .

Notes to Myself , makes me understand myself better.

Writing like that , isn’t it such a gift?

This post was written for the #Blogchatter weekly Prompt on #BookLove , Books that made you.


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