Summer reading time! What books do you plan to read this summer?
Absolutely none! My days of reading fictional novels – and I used to read a shit ton of books – and non-fiction are long past me. My free time is usually spent in front of my laptop online and mostly on Youtube or watching one of the numerous movies that I have to watch. With highspeed internet and streaming tv shows and movies, I just don’t get the same enthusiasm for reading books.
I used to be a voracious reader and I’ve bought and read a lot of books. From the ages of 11 till my mid 20s I was a member of a couple of libraries and I used to rent many books, several at a time and finish them off in 2 weeks. I was known as the extended family’s bookworm and for many a birthday people gifted me books to read, knowing that I would really like them.
When I moved to my current apartment, which we own, back in 2006 I couldn’t find a good library but this 30 year old found a store that sold books at cheap prices. These were mostly second hand books that were almost all in mint, just like new condition, probably read once and then donated or sold. Some were even from the US, UK or Canada from libraries that have probably closed down (you could see the check out card at the back page). I would spend an hour or so browsing through the titles and then picking 2-3 books at such cheap costs.
A book which would cost me Rs.349-500 at a book store to buy new would be between Rs.75-150 at this place and it was almost brand new. I would take those books and walk over to a bar called Oberoi bar & restaurant and pick my favourite seat near to a window so I could move the curtain and get enough sunlight in and order beer or vodka and some food for lunch and spend 3-4 hours drinking, eating and reading there before it was time to go home.
I actually miss that. Maybe I should try doing that again.