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Books are the work of sheer wisdom. One who is in the habit of reading good books never falls short of brilliant ideas and ability to grasp difficult concepts, which are incomprehensible to a huge lot, which is not in the habit of exploring the world through books?
Give below is a list of books you must consider giving a read at least once in a lifetime:
1- Hamlet authored by William Shakespeare
It is the longest play ever written by the legendary William Shakespeare. Hamlet is the protagonist of this play. Witty discourse, courtly and elaborate language is used in a classical manner, which make the novel stand out among his other work. For a good majority of people, the hamlet is no less than a philosophical character that expounds ideas suchlike existentialist, relativist and skeptical. “To be, or not to be” is the best example as far as existentialism is concerned. A subjectivist idea expressed by Hamlet is in the example where he utters: “there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so”. This idea finds its origin in Greek Sophists, to whom nothing could ever be perceived except through senses. Since everybody has a different level of perception so there is no such thing as absolute truth. In fact, all truths are relative. The book abounds with similar ideas that serve as a food for thought. That is not all about it; Hamlet also touches upon some religious, psychoanalytic, and feminist angles.
2- War and Peace authored by Leo Tolstoy
This novel is one of the finest achievements of Russian literature. By depicting the stories of the aristocratic Russian families, the aftermath of Napoleonic era on the Tsarist society and the detailed history of Russian invasion by French, the novel addresses the pertinent issues, which are the hallmark of any existing human society. “With peace is war and with war is peace” is one of the realities this novel depicts. The novel is more of a philosophical discussion than being narrative. “War and Peace” is a beautiful poetic historical chronicle and a must read.
3- Wuthering Heights authored by Emily Bronte
The only novel by Emily Bronte who died the following year she completed her master literary piece is now extensively regarded as a classic of English literature. Its depiction of physical and mental cruelty is what makes the novel controversial. Not only that, this novel challenged the strictly held Victorian ideals of today. Other issues covered by the novel include gender inequality, morality, social discrimination, and religious hypocrisy. The novel inspired many adaptations, which include film, opera, radio and television dramatizations. The novel is worth your precious time.
4- Me and Rumi autobiography by Shams of Tabriz
This is the autobiography of Shams of Tabriz who was the man behind the spiritual transformation of a well-versed religious scholar of all times Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi. Shams of Tabriz turned Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi into an acclaimed mystical poet of love. This book really sinks in the heart and soul of the reader bit by bit. This autobiography is a spiritual and cultural treasure we all must hold dear. Me and Rumi is, beyond the shred of doubt, a feast for spiritually inclined readers.
Owning one’s own bookstore is no less than a dream comes true for the people with good reading habits. Without exception, all the bookworms have a heck of a rich book collection at home, which is very well maintained more often than not. To fuel your passion for reading and to generate a good sum of money out of your passion for books, you can always open up a bookstore within the vicinity of your own home.
Tips on starting your own home bookstore
1- Look for the most peaceful corner of your home for organizing a bookstore. A serene backyard with a backdoor would perfectly do. You can also turn your study room into a bookstore provided it is on rear or front of your house or somewhere along the boundary/lining of your home. You cannot think of turning your study area into a bookstore given that it is centrally located.
2- Bookshelves should be made of high-quality wood. In the end, you are not investing in your business only but spending on your home too. Therefore, it is highly recommended you give your best to embellishments and the stuff.
3- Make sure you have everything for everyone. Your stock should have books for all age groups and genders. Make sure your stock is politically correct which means your collection should exclude any publication or book, which contains hateful speeches or is racist, sexist, or fascist. Never stock the books, which are religiously blasphemous and may incite any religious community or social groups.
Advantages of opening up a Bookstore at your own home
1- We all have to come out of our comfort zones in order to generate money for living. Contrarily, in the case of establishing a bookstore in the premises of your own home, you are always earning your livelihood from the comfort of your own home.
2- Establishing a home bookstore from the comfort of your own home is the best choice for “Introverts”. Since introverts have a very hard time going out in the raw world and meet different people all coming from altogether different backgrounds in the guise of customers and clients. Carrying out the business from home is, beyond the shred of doubt, the most soul comforting choice for introverts.
3- Setting up a bookstore at home adds a unique aesthetic aspect to your being. It speaks aloud about your taste for good books and your contribution in promoting the reading habits among the people of all ages and gender.
4- A home-run bookstore points at your well-groomed intellectual capacity and at times higher Intelligence Quotient. Avid readers undoubtedly, have a greater level of understating different ideas and grabbing difficult concepts. Excessive reading and dealing with books and magazines expand your knowledge bank and by doing so, they heighten your intellectual capacity and make you more and more opinionated about issues at hand. Reading has less to do with your I.Q. but more often than not, people with higher I.Qs are observed to have very well developed and properly structured reading habits.