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Tips to become a

GOOD READER

  

How to become a very good reader?

Simply put, by reading a lot! 

No, I am not going to cheat you. All I am saying is that if you find interesting books, you will read more and you will become a better reader.

In this article, I am going to suggest to you some good first books based on various themes:

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If you are interested in philosophy or meta-physics, a great book to start your reading is Richard Bach's "Jonathan Livingston Seagull". This simple story (it has probably more pictures than words) of a self developed Seagull can make you think deep thoughts for weeks (it did that to me).

2. If you are a true scientist, Carl Sagan's "Contact" is a great book.  A great physicist and a believer in the life forms on other planets, he takes you on an enthralling journey to various worlds. The beauty of this book is that you will finally believe in the strength of science or God depending on what you want to.

3. If you are interested in Management and Business, Lee Iacoca's Autobiography and Akio Morito's "Made in Japan" are very good to start with.

I suggest two books as they bring out the contrasting difference between the "I can do anything" confident approach of the west and "I am so glad, I could do so much" humility approach of the east. Both are great people to learn from.

4. If you are interested in motivational works, "Success with Positive Mental Attitude" is a good book.

You might take very long, probably more than three months to read any of these books. That was approximately what I took to read my first book (that was while I was doing my B.E.). By the way, my first book was Mario Puzo's "Godfather". As you have noticed, I did not cover fiction in the above list.

The reason is simple: Each one has a different taste and it is very difficult to suggest. In addition, I feel you should do some serious reading also even if you are an avid reader of fiction. I did not have anyone at that time to guide me in this regard and read some fiction before I took up serious reading.

 

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