But you know what is all the more wonderful? A book that you can read and re read again. It's the books you have a copy around you. It's the books that make you comeback to them. It's the comfort of a friend who you look at when everything around you stopped making sense.
I have a hit list of books I get back to whenever I can't read anything else. My top picks are
Harry Potter (Each of the 7 books on an average of 5 times)
Tuesdays with Morrie (at least 6 times)
Sherlock Holmes (every year for the last 7 years. Exactly around my final exams)
Asterix -The comic (About 30 odd comic books I've lost count of)
I've no idea why or how these books bring a semblance of normalcy in my life. But I trust myself with these books to restore a state of balance. I have a simple theory to this, one that I think works so I'll propose it. Each of these books I read at a time when I needed it. I've always maintained that 'Books happen to people', we're in no control of what we read.These books remind me of that time. I don;t have to stress on the importance of a happy trigger. These books are like time travel. Harry Potter is school, holidays, keeping up late night. It's a million shades of books love. It's about the time that I realised I was an only kid but I didn't have it bad. With Harry I found my childhood, with Sherlock my curiosity, with Asterix my humour and Morrie a rather different opinion about life itself. Whenever I feel like I'm lacking anyone of these elements in my life, I replenish them by reading the old books. Again.
If you're not going to read a book again, it was never meant for you in the first place.