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Books Can Change the Way You Think Sometimes it’s a lecture by your professor, or your mom, that changes you. Sometimes it is a friend’s casual banter or even a lesson from your partner that can change your percep- tion of life. Life gives us several oppor- tunities to mull over what is possible and what is not. And when you come to think of it, books can do and have done that for many people. They say, if you live and don’t read, you haven’t lived at all. It’s a half-life, a cursed life. Although you get to live a little and hang by a thin thread to the precipice of life, what you get is an incomplete, unfulfilled life. To live is to learn, and to learn is to 31 read. Reading the experiences of other people, whether they are fictional or real, is what teaches us valuable lessons about certain crucial things in life. We read books and extract the concepts that best appeal to us. Some- times two people who have read the same books deduce different meanings and lessons from them individually, because every book seems different to every human being. If you believe that your friend is going to be excited about the same points in a novel as you are, you might be wrong. Every book speaks to different readers on a differ- ent dimension or plane.