Reading For Life (Part 4)

by Patrick Liew on September 19, 2011

It will be hard to find me without a book.

During the early days of my primary education, I would devour all kinds of story books. I would read whatever books I could get hold of.

Then, I proceeded to the classics. It is sad to say that there are few writers today that can match giants such as Charles Dickens and Jane Austen.

While in secondary school, I was appointed as a school librarian. My breaks were spent in paradise – I mean the library.

I read literally all the time. I read while I was waiting at the bus stop. I read while I was on the bus. I read whenever I have time.

As I came from a poor family, I did not grow up with television. Not having a television is one of the most enlightening things to happen in my life.

I would spend my free time at home indulging in reading widely.

Reading is like a ticket for me to board on to a vehicle to reach any destination of knowledge, expertise and experience in life. It is one of the cheapest tickets to enjoy the best trips in life.

Books have made me laugh. They have made me cry.

They have made me smile – and even frown just a short while later.

They have brought me to the peak of my emotions and the depth of my feelings.

I have gone on so many roller coasters of experiences through reading.

I can virtually lived through somebody’s life and use it to educate and enrich mine.

Reading is the basic building block to achieving success and having a great lifestyle.

One of the joys of living is finding a good book and enjoying it.

I may not read to live but I certainly need to read to live properly.

If I do not find time to read, I will waste more time. I will waste more of my life.

I aim to read wisely throughout my life.


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 part and parcel of our lives?


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