There is a difference between “Liking” something and experiencing “Goosebumps”
Liking something could imply that it was already there somewhere in the back of your mind and someone has just showed it to you. Whereas, experiencing goosebumps could mean it is something completely out of the ordinary and has taken you by surprise.
A lot of books have given me Goosebumps and there are a lot of books that I like. Whatever you believe in wholeheartedly is your religion. I believe in reading. There is this habit of mine where I note down quotes I like from the books I read. I’ll be sharing the best with you here. I started reading when I was in3rd grade:
Archie Comics – I used to see my mom reading them and then got hooked. From then on there was no stopping me. Archie teaches that life is nothing but High School. But then you grow up and know that Santa Claus isn’t real but you still wait for him on Christmas Eve.
Enid Blyton – Be it “Secret Seven”, “Famous Five”, “Malory Towers”, you name it. Every book I could lay my hand on and I became a detective with them. Imaginary adventure is soo cool. Predicting what could be the story in advance was such a huge thing back then.
Princess Diaries – Like any other girl in that age, dreaming that your parents will come clean and tell you that you are a princess. Walking and waving in style when with friends. I look back and laugh at my past self. But, there is no harm in dreaming.
Harry Potter- The best book that could come into a kid’s life. Yes! A bunch of my friends had asked me to read the series. Though initially I was against all this magical stuff I refused, they kept bugging me and I thank God that they did. I was hooked. I used to read it everywhere, disconnecting myself from classes, friends, food everything you can think of. But the people who had forced me knew that it’s okay. They always guessed when I looked up in shock after reading something. Each time there is a new secret that I point out. It’s like J.K.Rowling had charmed the novels.
“How do you feel, Georgie?” whispered Mrs. Weasley.
George’s fingers groped for the side of his head.
“Saintlike,” he murmured.
“What’s wrong with him?” croaked Fred, looking terrified. “Is his mind affected?”
“Saintlike,” repeated George, opening his eyes and looking up at his brother. “You see…I’m HOLEY, Fred, geddit?” – George
“Chronicles Of Narnia”- C.S. Lewis – Another wonderful fantasy series, close to my heart. I fell in love with the characters instantly.
Puddleglum (from the Silver Chair)- “Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things – trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one.”
Later on I moved onto the following:
Paulo Coelho – Now on one side there is Harry Potter where there is place full of magic and then there are books by Paulo Coelho which help you to create a magical world for yourself. Helps you believe in everything positive. I had skipped studying for an exam just to read “The Alchemist”, I don’t remember which subject and which class, but I do remember telling people during my interviews what I think about “The Alchemist”
Richard Bach – If you haven’t read “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”, I think you should just order it right away. There might be a free e-book available online as well. That book is phenomenal. The slimmest of all books but thicker than any book which shares wisdom. Yes. Another amazing book by him is “Illusions”, each time I find something new in that book. The best one and my favorite is “One”, I can marry this book it is so awesome. I can be stuck at an island for the rest of my life and the book that I would want to keep would be this one. Fantastic it is.
Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself- RB
The simplest questions are the most profound. Where are you going? Where is your home? Where are you going?
Hugh Prather – “Notes to Myself” The story about this book is amazing. I read a few pages at someone’s house didn’t have the courage to ask for it. Made a mental note, kept looking for it, here and there everywhere. Finally one day I see it on a roadside second hand bookstall and I am literally in tears. Ding ding ding, I don’t have enough money to buy it, thank God for my friend who was there with me. It is nothing but the author’s random notes to himself.
“When you least expect things to happen, they happen.”
Mitch Albom – He has a knack of keeping the reader mesmerized. I once stepped out of the metro with tears in my eyes I realized that once I finished reading the book. He has written the most amazing book on a Teacher-student relationship, Mother-Son relationship and the best of all about knowing yourself. Your relationship with yourself.
Dr. Brian Weiss – Many Lives, Many Masters. This book is the Goosebumps kind for sure. The way it explains Karma, past life and your current life is mind blowing. It makes you think.
John Green – Amazing author, amazing. He makes you laugh one minute and the next minute you are holding the book in your hands and weeping. You don’t care the pages are wet, you read on to find out.
“The Fault in Our Stars”, is a beautifully written novel. He has a penchant to present the human emotions in such an incredible manner I can’t describe. You have to read the book to believe it.
Another fantastic novel you should catch up on is “Looking for Alaska”
“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations”-TFIOS
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” – TFIOS
This one quote gives you goosebumps each time “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.- TFIOS
“I go to seek a Great Perhaps. That is why I am going. So, I don’t have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps.”- LFA
“How will I ever get out of this labyrinth”- Simon Bolivar
“Imagining the future is kind of a nostalgia”- Alaska
All I want to say is that reading a good book is like – imagine yourself at the bottom of the ocean (Just Imagine) – It’s beautiful! Yes!
Nothing better than reading a fiction novel, trust me!
Also, a special shout to my friend PTK, who thought up of really amazing titles for this entry. I am going to mention a few that I really liked:
“Books to read when you are travelling”
“If Dumbledore was real, he would have read these books” -He is real, you muggle.
“The books that stirred me” – I am not a cup of coffee!
“Books you should choose over facebook”
“Books that be my caffeine”
Ok! the list is long, ill just cut short and tell you why I chose this title, it actually happened that’s why.
Case closed. I shall keep updating the list!