The Happiness of a Book Gift
100 Days of Happiness – Day 9
If there’s anything I love as much as if not more than writing, that is reading. It was my high school English teacher who said to me, “Reading a lot of good books will help you to write better as well.” And I realize the value and the truth of her words, how much they have helped me to become the writer I am. She encouraged me to read The Hound of the Baskervilles when other students leaned toward the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys type books.
I’m sure she’d have told me to read even non-fiction but I tend to stay well clear of that genre. When it comes to non-fiction, there are very few books that have wowed me. Looking over the last couple of years, Shweta Punj’s “Why I Failed” comes to mind immediately, “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom, and of course, “The Diary of a Young Girl” which still moves me when I take it up. But today, a book found its way into my shelf – a biography and one I know I’ll love to read.
Happiness is receiving “Football – Bloody Hell! – The Biography of Sir Alex Ferguson” as a gift. Happier it is, when the book comes on a day when Manchester United have won by a 2-1 margin in their match against VFL Wolfsburg. And happiest is when the friend who gifted this book to me is a fellow Red Devil and book lover who I’m yet to meet. It was a surprise, and an absolutely priceless one. I shall treasure this book always.
(© 1st October 2015)