Today’s Daily Prompt is, Off the Shelf:
Take a look at your bookcase. If you had enough free time, which book would be the first one you’d like to reread? Why?
Oh boy! (I love today’s daily prompt!)
Whenever I take a look at my bookshelf and quickly scan through the books with my eyes, I often find it impossible to pick just one book. For one thing, all the books in my library are carefully chosen and added accordingly to my taste in books. Some of the books are the ones that I adored as a kid which strengthened my desire and inspired me to read and write. As a result, most of the books that are piled up on the shelves next to my desk have been read more than once.
However, the book that I would still reread again and again—and, has already been read a significant number of times—is, Madol Doova by Martin Wickramasinghe. It is a children’s novel, a local classic that has been translated to various languages—including English—and a widely known book which is adored not only by the intended audience but also by all generations in the country as well. As a kid, I used to take Madol Doova to my school—specially on rainy days because I know there will be at least one free period with an absent teacher—and, I reread the book in school whenever I could or during the interval.
Whilst reading the book, I often found myself getting lost in the village settings, adventures of the two boys in the book and falling in love with the entire book as well as the characters in it. On a school trip—that I would never forget—I went to see the house where the author lived and did most of his writings. Still to date, the trip is one of my best memories of school. The little kid in me who loved to write and read was inspired by the glimpse of insight into a writer’s world. Undoubtedly, the adventurous story of Madol Doova made my childhood unforgettable. The protagonist, Upali, in Madol Doova was my crush/hero as a teen—and, well, he still sort of is…
On the other hand, like I said, it’s hard to pick one book but the next books I’d likely to pick are Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and Sydney Shelton’s Master of The Game. I have read these books many times and I would read them again and again. Because, these books are as special as a first love, first kiss to me and rereading those books is like living and experiencing those special first time memories all over again..