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A Priceless Treasure

MeDhat SaaDoun By MeDhat SaaDoun Published on December 7, 2015

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Everyone has their own special hobby; mine was falling in love with books. I am an infidel person to many books and not just one. Reading is an extraordinary habit that became a lifestyle rather than just a hobby. Over the years and after reading an entirely enthralling book, my reading addiction never ceased to ease; and if a day was spent without reading, all the wrath of hell would be unleashed. In addition, as a bullied-teen, books had protected me endlessly from bullies and made me want to live longer as books had the extraordinary power of taking me into a whole new world, a roller-coaster journey to discover what would next: What will happen to all those fictional characters—who seemed very real to me—who were awaiting for me on the shelf to open the books and access to their minds and lives and read their stories.

To start off, an eleven year-old me, I was hearing a lot of hypes and controversial discussions over a book that challenged and defied millions of believers, a book that started my long-term affair with books: Yes, it is the one and only The Da Vinci Code. When I showed a lot of interest around a lot of adults about reading TDVC, backlashes echoed over the yearning space I was in. You can’t be possibly serious, kiddo. Or ‘Oh, poor kid, you won’t, I assure you, going to understand a word from it’. The more they urged me not to look for the book and read it, the more I wanted to. The search for it, though, was a complete challenge, considering the book was banned. Anyway, to make it short and simple, I found the book and enjoyed it, and was thoroughly moved by the writing, the breathtaking mysteries and the actions that were taking place.

As a reader, I have learned endless lessons about life that helped me to look differently at it every single day. As a rule, I don’t believe that books should be in anyway banned; people would have to trust their own powers of analyzing and distinguish by themselves what to believe and what not to believe; this is the exact lesson what TDVC had taught me. Eight years have passed, 140 books were read and invaluable lessons were learned: Some books taught me to defend of what I believe is right and to fight for it (Divergent by Veronica Roth trilogy, Harry Potter series, and The Hunger Games trilogy). Some taught me that to love someone, we have to do what is best for them, even though that means to let go of them out of our lives (Dear John & The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks and Ports of Call by Amin Maalouf). Some other lessons, like to make sure of who to trust and that trust has its own limit (Betrayal by Danielle Steel). And some led me to believe that no matter what we do and how much we love them, we can never know our significant others (Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn). A book is a timeless school that never stop to teach.

In conclusion, books never cease to amaze me; they are really magical stuff that have transformed my life like nothing else did: They are priceless treasures!

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