Learning never stops!

80/100

I have spoken about why I took up the challenge for writing daily for 100 days in short on some of my posts! I just wanted some discipline in my writing habits. For someone who wrote since she was a teenager, adulting really changed things and I drifted apart from my second love. I was thinking about this a lot today, why did I stop writing? It was really a random thought that occured to me in evening and I have been mulling over same since then. Basically, I was wondering what should I write about and I had a couple of topics. But just like a typical writer, when I was structuring the topics in my head, I drifted to thinking why did I even stop writing? If I have learnt one thing doing this challenge, it’s that it is best to let the words flow rather than plan beforehand. Both ways are amazing but impromptu writing has a feel which sometimes structured writing lacks. What’s wonderful is that I have again drifted from the topic! One of the strongest reasons why I feel I stopped writing is because I stopped reading, which is my first love. Now that this challenge has helped me streamline my writing, I want to challenge myself to complete a certain number of books in this year, well whatever is left of it! I have believed this since start and have also read it that the key to becoming a good writer is to be a compulsive reader. If you just write what comes to your mind, it will exhaust you at some point. Reading what others write, knowing different perspectives, fiction and non fiction both, opens so many doors. Your thinking horizon expands and you can write so much more freely. I am not sure how many of you agree to this?

I have been reading since I can remember. I used to read so many books, it scared my mom. A book is a door to a whole new world, you can visit so many places, live so many lives, make so many friends and this is all just by reading. If you have not guessed, I love reading fiction or autobiographies. Reading about people’s lives, knowing their struggles and watching them win over them motivates me. Entering a fictional world where good wins over bad makes me believe in power of universe again. Past few years have taken away the two most treasured things of my life and the reason is classic, I was busy. Having regained my focus for writing back, I cannot wait to start reading again. It is therapeutic, calming and so exciting I am already smiling thinking of it.

I have two questions though and I would love if you guys helped me with answers! What should be the number of books I should aim at reading this year as a motivation to move towards it? Which is your most favorite book? I am so looking forward to your answers! πŸ™‚

44 thoughts on “Learning never stops!

  1. Read at your capacity. If you overwhelm yourself it’ll be like work and you’re going to hate it.

    Weren’t you a teenager last year?? 😁

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  2. I love the idea. Even I stopped writing and doodling. Maybe I can take some inspiration from you.. And from my experience, reading helps a lot in writing new content as it broadens one’s horizons.

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    • Thank you for reading, Akriti! Yes indeed reading helps a lot! I am sure you will get back to writing and doodling soon, I would love to see some on my feed from you. I love doodles!

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  3. We both are really really similar! I am just a teenage version of you! I must say you must never stop writing. You are such a goof writer and I love reading your blogs!! Do keep it up. And the thing I would love to say to my adult version is….you are awesome 😊😊❀❀✌✌

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  4. I can totally relate to this post and thank you for sharing. As for the number of books to read, it hard to say depending on the type of reader you are. With my disability now, I’ve had to change my pace & perhaps look in to books that you can relate with. be it self help or biographies. Blessings to you my friend.

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  5. 4 books a month for one year. Reading and writing are so intertwined – you need both. Favorite book? Too many but – Fahrenheit 451 is a 1953 dystopian novel by American writer Ray Bradbury. I took a writing class with him many years ago and it is still with me today. Fahrenheit 451 was also made into a great film.

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    • Oh wow. I will aim for a book a week then I guess πŸ™‚ thank you so much, Ned! I have not read that book, but I will do check it out. I am so intrigued about the writing class, I wish I could attend one. What has been your best learning if I may ask?

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  6. Hmmmm. There was a time when I was reading a book a week; and now, only a book a month. I would suggest setting a pace that feels good, most importantly. Maybe, see how your first book goes, and then go from there…

    Oh, my, there are so many!! I just read The House of Spirits, by Isabel allende, which is quite violent in places, yet is a beautiful and elegant read. I also like Haruki Murakami, brilliant writer. And, I am also now reading, A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles; and the Mahabharata, by Kamala Subramaniam – beautiful. ❀️

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    • I guess we all evolve and adapt. Even one book a month is great compared to none on my end 😦 absolutely, I have started a book today and waiting to see how it goes ❀ omg Murakami is my most favorite, I have read 4 of his books. 2 this year and loved them! Oh wow you have read Mahabharata? I have seen it, yet to read πŸ™‚

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      • Ohhhh, I am so pleased to know that Murakami is one of your fav’s! Mine too. Love this work. I think one a month to start is more than reasonable. 😊 I am currently reading the Mahabharata. Loving it, of course. ❀❀

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  7. I’m in complete agreement, Pooja. I feel that reading inspires writing. The more we read, the better writers we become. I’ve been a voracious reader too. I still read and complete at least one book in a week. It is a door to so many places, people, adventures and experiences. You can set a target of 10 or 25 books and revise it as you go along, based on your reading. What are your favourite genres? What kind of book at you looking for?

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    • I knew you’d agree, it makes absolute sense as you are a brilliant writer! πŸ™‚ wow, one book a week…you have me in awe! Yes, I will set a 20 book target maybe that’s best! So, I love reading all sorts of fiction and autobiographies too. I am not much into selfhelp. But I want suggestions on suspense, romantic, philosophical and true stories? Also, any book you think I should read regardless of genre?

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  8. You have great passion for writing on practical things dear. Yes we can visit the world n these lines are awesome πŸ‘Œ

    Reading about people’s lives, knowing their struggles and watching them win over them motivates me.

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  9. Read my books if possible πŸ™ŠπŸ™ˆ
    Btw, I have not read you much, but whatever I have read, I feel that you have a lot of ability to write. So keep reading keep writing keep growing πŸ‘

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  10. First off, you have analysed your stumbling block so well! And have overcome it so well.

    I don’t think the target of reading should be a number, each book needs to be given its own time to be absorbed. I manage to read few books in one go, few I go through again and again, might be it is enjoyable and i like to “chew the cud” with its contents. My take, might not apply to all.

    I read rather old stuff, haven’t been able to catch up with the current authors for quite long now. I loved reading “to kill a mockingbird” by Harper Lee and “the prophet” by Kahlil Gibran. Just recording because you asked πŸ˜‡, we all have differing personal tastes. But then a good book is a good book!

    And oh! You are very very good at poems, you can express deep insights and meanings with very simple vocabulary, makes it very simple to read and absorb πŸ™‚

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    • I completely agree, I often re read books. Example, Murakami. One time is just not enough. The target is just to motivate. Have a goal so as I get my flare back πŸ™‚

      Omg, to kill a mocking bird has my heart! It is one of my most favorite ❀ I have not read the prophet, will add it!

      Thank you so much, I have only written the two or three poems I have put on here. This is a huge compliment and is so motivating, thank you so much again!

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  11. Reading what others wrote is expanding horizons for sure. The first example coming to my mind was stream of conciousness narrative mode I first found in Virginia Woolf’s Waves.

    Hard to tell which book is my number one… Read some amazing pieces already!
    There’s too much to read for a limited lifetime (sadly). Read as much as you can πŸ™‚

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    • Oh wow, VIRGINIA WOOLF is amazing indeed. I agree there are so many books and so little time 😦 but then we can have fun with what we can manage! Do suggest some books to me πŸ™‚

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  12. number of books?….you know how fast you read so base the number of books on that fact. if you can read 2 books of average length in a week, then you could read at least 100 books in a year. but that could be unrealistic since books vary in length. so set your limit lower as you need to succeed. if yu reach your goal before the years end, then you can add. but if you pick too many and have too many to finish before the end of the year, you will be too stressed to finish. you are doing this because it is FUN. keep it FUN. i have 2 books i go back to as they never get old for me. 1. “on the loose” 2. “walden”.

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    • I am a pretty okay reader, if I love something it is too fast haha! But I get your point. I don’t want an unrealistic target myself πŸ™‚ I would love to have a doable goal and achieve it before time. It’s the best feeling. Aiming at 10 books for now. Oh lovely suggestions, I will add them to my list πŸ™‚ thank you so much, appreciate this a lot πŸ₯°

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  13. You can aim to read a book a month. That makes it 5 books this year starting August. My most favorite genre of books is “Self help” at the moment and the recent one I read, “Atomic Habits” by James Clear blew my mind.

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