Reading For Life (Part 1)

by Patrick Liew on September 11, 2011

It was a sad day for me when I read in the newspaper that Borders bookstore at Wheelock Place would be closed.

This bookstore holds a special place in my heart and brings back great memories.

I can still remember when it was first opened; it was the biggest bookstore in town. Unlike other bookstores, it has a warm and inviting ambience.

There were cosy seats around the store and a wide selection of books covering most of my favourite subjects.

I have to confess that I not only browsed through the books – I have read some of them while I was in the store.

When my kids were growing up, I started to read to them one month after their birth. Later my kids joined me in a lifelong love for books.

I would bring my kids to Borders and asked them to pick two books. They have to choose them carefully.

They spent literally hours at the store. Since they could not bring home more than two books, they would read many of them at the store.

Over the years, I have bought and read many books from Borders. They have moulded and shaped my life.

These books have contributed not only knowledge to my mind, but also an immense amount of happiness and fulfillment for me.

I have always said that I have a simple formula for happiness:

Me + 1 book = Happiness

The joy of reading did not happen right from the beginning. It took a period of time of learning how to read and enjoy reading. I learned over time to appreciate and value reading.

One day, the tipping point occurred. The happiness from reading grew exponentially.

Reading good books is calories-free. It contains no artificial colouring and preservatives.

There are no dangerous chemicals. It is certified to be healthy for people of all ages and the benefits last a lifetime. 🙂

Through reading, I can tap the minds of wise people. I can learn from their failures and build on their successes.

As I have an imaginative mind, I can live the lives of many people. I can experience almost anything that life can offer me.

Reading can be addictive – but the addiction can be channeled to make me a more successful person.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please go to ‘Notes’ found below my profile picture.

Visit my Inspiration blog at

Visit my Transformation blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question: How can we make reading a habit in our lives?


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