The question many people ask is why do I spend money on buying *new* books. I just reply them, “I hate the old smell of second hand books, but like the fresh smell of new books”. Its pretty simply reply but true. Right from the days I started buying books, I loved to have a fresh new copy. Generally I got used ones, especially when I was in first 2 years of college. My sister gave me almost all books for 1st year and I managed second year with what I got from my brother and others from my sister. But, from the 3rd year I had to buy books because I had no one to get me books. I did get from a few seniors, but I had to return them at the end of the semester, rather I preferred to have them for ever.
Thus, was born the habit of buying new books. But, I had to depend on my parents to get me some and I can’t be troubling them with big bills. So, I used to take xerox most of the times using the books borrowed from my friends and if I did find some really good book then I used to pester my dad to get me, which he used to fulfill in the same day itself (aah, what a wonderful dad naa ?!).
Other than these academic books, I also got the habit of reading novels, mainly passed down by my sister. She was a great book-freak. She used to read loads, she used to stay awake whole nights for finishing the novels. This did create some interest inside me on reading books. But I wasn’t an active reader, I just read because I didn’t want to fall behind. When people spoke about novels they read, I didn’t want to be an odd-man-out. But, I never went to a book shop and picked one book which I felt like reading. Also, my dad was a member of local library and hence, I had a constant supply of books whenever I felt like reading.
It started all just a year ago that I decided to become an active reader, actually aimed to improve my linguistic standards. Once I got into it, I could never come out. I needed books, one after another. And I got into this bad habit of love-for-new-book. My collection doesn’t include just academic books and novels, it also includes lots of computer books.
- CSS, The Definitive Guide by Eric.A.Meyer (O’Reilly Publications)
- The Awakening of Intelligence by J.Krishnamurti
- Desperation by Stephen King (Thriller)
- The Janson Directive by Robert Ludlum (My Fav. Author for Fiction)
- The Paris Option by Robert Ludlum and Gayle Linds
Two techy, one philosophical, one thriller and two fiction – This will last for another couple of months before I again visit to pick up my next load of fresh smelling paperbacks. 😉