Life of a bookworm (Opening up my cabinet of curiosities # 3)

Austin Kleon‘s book “Show Your Work” has a list of questions that bring out the creative mind in you. I decided to answer all the questions, one by one, in order to express my creative side in a personal way. Today’s question is:

What do you read?

What I choose to read has certainly changed with every change in circumstance as I grow older. When I was younger, novels predominated. Now that I am looking to root myself in the real world and shut off the dreamland that preoccupied my waking hours since I was eight years old, I choose biographies, memoirs, humorous books and non fiction. I still sneak a novel or two in sometimes, for old time’s sake, but novel-reading is no longer the intense activity it was, the way it used to be when I was a child/teenager. Somehow, the novel addiction has weakened. I suppose that’s called growing out of something.

Non fiction is something I am definitely growing into. During a book fair last year, I picked up basic books by heavy-duty names like Ghazali, Rumi and Iqbal. One book was actually about how Rumi inspired Iqbal, so it was about both of them at once–I really enjoyed that.

Now that I am past the grueling college years of student life, and have some time unburdened by academics, I am looking forward to sinking my teeth into some good non fiction reading, with the topics of interest being the history and lives of Muslims in South Asia. I also want to place particular emphasis on an introductory study of Quran and Hadith. For Quran, I would be following my online “Quran Program” classes at Zaynab Academy Online, as well as reading up on the sections taught in class by looking them up in reference books, namely Maariful Quran and Tafseer Ahsanul Bayan. For Hadith, just to get started, I will be reading and reflecting upon Riyadh us Saliheen. May Allah accept my intention and increase me in all that is good.

I have always been an ambitious reader. Every book has somewhere to take you and something to teach you. I aspire to go somewhere and learn something every day of my life, and books make it possible for me. Here’s to another year of happy reading. See you at the bookstore!




9 thoughts on “Life of a bookworm (Opening up my cabinet of curiosities # 3)

  1. I think it’s been a natural progression for me from fiction to non-fiction but every now and again I like to pick up something not so real.

    I’m a big fan of Ghazali but it takes me a good while to finish his books because I find myself reflecting so much!

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  2. I love reading too! I used to read novels like it was my job haha but now I’m trying to get into more biographies or other types of genres that would help me to expand my knowledge, in sha Allah. I definitely don’t read as much as I used too though, need to start finding the time to add that in!

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  3. Every book has somewhere to take you and something to teach you….I strongly believe this and till date I have not read a piece which is not worth reading..Reading is a therapy to me…


  4. I love reading too!! When I was younger I was a novel bookworm too. I have moved away from that as well and have been trying to read books that will be beneficial to me Islamically and in the area of self development.

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