As a kid I was much more into reading than as an adult. It’s not that I lost the passion to read, but there are many practical challenges. Specially post motherhood. The books got lost in every other thing. With #TBR Challenge, I want to get back to reading. That’s why reading challenge.
Both my parents were lecturers, and we had access to huge libraries. We were free to get any book that we wanted to read. Most of the books were in Marathi. The renowned author’s like P L Deshpande, V P kale, Kusumagraj and many others were well read in our family. There were many books, which were translated to Marathi, one such book that has left an impression on me was the translation of Betty Mahmoody biography ‘Not without my daughter’.
Books are not just stories or array of words; they are an alternate universe. Where we can learn many things. It can be about different art, culture, society, growth as well as about human nature and human characteristics.
Thanks to TBR Challenge for a couple of reasons. Its not that this is the first time I have heard about any reading challenge. So why is this my first time in accepting any reading challenge?
Although there are many reading challenges available, I chose TBR challenge, only because I trust this community. I am a published author today, thanks to the blog chatter team and community.
I am sure there are many people who will help me complete this challenge. I can get motivation as well as suggestions for many good books from them.
Participating in challenge is important, but completing it is more important and with BC community, I have that confidence.
Setting example for kids:
Apart from the library at the college where my mother worked, we also had a weekly library service. Where the person used to come with 2-3 bags full of books to choose from every Wednesday. We could choose comics, but rather than that I preferred novels. I give credit of my writing skill today, to all that reading.
I want the same for my kids. There is lot of screen time. Till 2019 screen time only meant entertainment, but with the new normal it also means school time.
Unless I preach what, I teach, kids won’t hog on books. I have to lead by example.
My husband is a better motivator than I am, when it comes to reading. We both gifted each other books for Christmas and new year. He initiated, of course!!!
Learning should never stop:
I always believed that travelling and reading are two best teachers. They teach us beyond school. They teach us without stress or pressure of performing well.
When we were locked inside our houses, it was books that took away that loneliness. With various books on food, travel and culture. Plus, we cannot underestimate fiction. These characters may be fiction, but they surely make a space in our mind as well as make a impact.
Books are open doors to the garden of wisdom and learning must never stop.
The more we read, the better we can think. And the better we think the best we can write. A little selfishness is good.
So, if you are still thinking whether to register or not for the blog chatter reading challenge #TBRChallenge, then take a leap of faith and register right away.
We can never have enough books and can read any where any time, just need the intent. If you are trying to figure out, whats the right age to start reading? or what sort of books you can give to infants and toddlers, here is a useful post.