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Books are being published now in swarming volumes. The shelves of books-stalls are being crowded with the volumes in attractive get-ups. Advertisements run wild in their praise. Under such circumstances a serious reader must be very careful in choosing readable books.
To read all the books even of a particular subject is a fantastic proposition. This is an age of hurry; and consequently everybody is extremely busy now. It is absurd for a man to ignore all other essential duties in life in preference to study only. Obviously, one can utilize a small portion of his total hours in reading books. Needless to say, these hours, however, short may be, should be used in reading only good books; and none should waste the precious time in pursuit of bade books.
But good books are not always ready at hand. They are to be selected from an enormous heap. Before making our choice we need must be confident of our competent to discriminate between good book and bad ones. A good book must have a good theme. A serious and important theme must have the interesting way of presentation; and a book of this kind elevates the mind and ennobles the soul. It broadens the outlook, and brings one above smallness and meanness. Such a book is a good book; and one should select it for reading.
Some books furnish valuable information, while others establish an idea based on an ideology or a philosophy. A reader is to choose between them according to taste and necessity.
How to Choose a Good Books to Read?
It is impossible for the readers to choose good books independently. There are some well-read persons around us; and they, by virtue of their habit of sustained study, can smell out the good books. Such persons may be consulted in selecting books worth reading.
Teachers are supposed to be acquainted with the quality of books; and they can rightly guide the students in choosing good books.
It is the essential qualification of the librarians of big libraries to be equipped with the information relating to the merit of the books on different subjects; and they also can give the proper guidance to the readers in picking up good books.
Among the readers there is, of course, not any barrier. A student of science has the liberty to choose any book on literature; and similarly, a student of literature may have the curiosity to know some problems of science. Such a freedom offers a reader an opportunity to scare away the gloom of monotony and sameness.
The readers are to primarily, be dictated b their own taste, and they normally choose bulk of the books on their own specialization. Nevertheless, the classics of important subjects should be perused with devotion by all.
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A Good Book
A really good book is the one, which we like to read time and again. The test of a great book is whether we want to read it only once or more than once. Any really great book we want o read the second time even more than we wanted to read it the first time; and every additional time that we read it we find new meanings and new beauties in it. A book that a person of education and good taste does not care to read more than once is very probably not much worth. But we cannot consider the judgement of a single individual infallible. The opinion that makes a book great must be the opinion of many. The best of all libraries for a poor man would be a library entirely composed of such great works only, books which have passed the test of time.