Monday, September 6, 2010

Reading

I used to be a voracious reader. Really. Especially in primary school, during the course of which I'd perfected the art of reading while walking, which amazed some friends. I read and I reread everything my dad bought my sister and me (which was a lot). There'd been a book for every occasion -- when I had long, lengthy periods of free time, when I wanted a short break from schoolwork, or even when I'd just woken up and wasn't quite ready to get ready for school yet.


(From the 'i hate to wake up early' Facebook page.)


(My sister and I were never late for school, btw, as far as I can remember. I don't recall the punishment for latecomers, though, if there had been any.)


Secondary school started, and I had way less free time than I'd had in primary school. Schoolwork, tuition, mandatory co-curricular activities, projects, actual studying... And then, of course, I hopped onto the social media bandwagon, which further decreased any time I had for reading.


Now, it's ages before I pick up a book, and it's ages before I finish it, seeing as how I always have stuff to do in between. Rather than reading while walking (an art that has long since been forgotten), I now am able to read a few books at once. That's not to say I plonk three books open side by side on my desk and start reading, no. My desk isn't that wide. Hee. What I mean is I'll pick up a book, read a few pages, then go off and do something else. Then I'll spot another book I'm in the middle of reading and pick that up and read a few pages. I've been up to three books at once before.




Right now, I'm in the middle of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (HEY, SHARONA). Not to mention Form 4 and Form 5 Sejarah and Chemistry. And Form 5 Bio and Physics. And Add Maths homework. Crap.


Anyway.


Since I really shouldn't be reading any books except for school ones nowadays, I've compiled a list of books to be read after my SPM. It will be sheer reading bliss, not to mention time to up the power of my glasses.


1. The ENTIRE Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2. The ENTIRE Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate
3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
4. House Rules by Jodi Picoult
5. Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
6. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
7. Crunch Time by Mariah Fredericks (if the MBPJ library still has it)
8. The ENTIRE Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer (if the MBPJ library still has it)
9. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
10. Looking For Alaska by John Green (currently unowned) (HEY, BOB)
11. Born On a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet (currently unowned)


And whatever else the MBPJ library has to offer, if I get the chance to get myself there. I'll be sure to bring a jacket, because from what I remember, the place is hella cold. I'll sit there enjoying the quiet, peaceful (freezing) surroundings and just read and read and read. I must be sounding pretty nerdy right now, but that sounds quite lovely, really.


(From laist.)


Well, now. Guess who's going to be a hermit even after SPM?


Also, about these newfangled e-readers. I don't like them.


Yes, I know they save paper and trees and all that, but I can't shake the feeling that it's... I don't know, that it has no soul or something. Books, to me, are tangible things -- actual paper with pages that you can feel and run your finger down and turn. A cover that draws you in if it looks interesting (I think that old adage is crap, I'm sorry). Books have varying weights; I'm comforted by the familiar weight of a well-worn novel, one that I've read over and over and know how to hold so my hands don't get tired. I like turning the pages of the book, the added suspense it gives when it comes to the interesting parts. I just like books the way they are, not this new electronic version.




Never thought I'd say this, but darn you, technology. Darn you to heck. [/Dilbert]

7 comments:

  1. =D I saw 'Wicked', and I was really excited! I'm glad you're reading it, it's pretty amazing (:

    I have to say, I'm pretty sure you and I have some sort of subconscious mental link, because I was exactly the same as you. My friends used to say there could be a war going on around me, but if I was reading, I wouldn't notice ^^

    Also agree with the e-reader issue. As much as I couldn't live without technology, sometimes I think life would be a bit better if certain technologies didn't exist. A shiny iPad just doesn't compare to a bookcase full of books, y'know?

    I approve heartily of your book choices! But I want to add, if you have time, Neil Gaiman. Honestly. The Sandman graphic novels, or Neverwhere, or the Graveyard Book, or Stardust. Amazing. Oh! And any book by Barry Lyga, especially Fanboy and Goth Girl. =D

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  2. I thought you'd be happy to see Fahrenheit 451! I bought it 'cause you rec'd it, so be flattered. :P

    Hfdufjhds. I used to be like that as well!! But it's sad they don't get what we do from books. It's an escape of sorts, at least for a little while, no? (:

    YES. EXACTLY. I THINK IT IS VERY SAD THAT PEOPLE ARE ONLY JUST STARTING TO ACTUALLY READ BECAUSE OF THE NOVELTY OF E-READERS. WTF. THAT IS NOT WHAT READING IS.

    Omg, I read The Graveyard Book! And, um, cried at the end, but yeah. (x I should get my hands on Stardust, methinks. Thankyou! :D

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  3. =D I am flattered! It's a very good book (:
    And I agree. It actually makes me really mad when I see you know, the Interests section of someone's profile, and in 'Books' someone's like, 'I don't read,' or 'books suck'...

    Don't get me wrong, e-readers are kinda cool, but still. I prefer paper and ink books (:

    =D Neil Gaiman. Win. <3

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  4. it is true that ebooks lack many features, such as the sensation of actually flipping a page as opposed to moving your mouse (or hand downwards), but there are many ebooks that you can find online (pirated of course), many of them relatively obscure and unlikely to be stocked by your library.

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  5. Sharona:
    I'm only at the starting. Really slow, keep getting distra-- OH LOOK A MOSQUITO.
    Well, I don't mind so much if people say they don't read, since, you know, to each his own and all that. What I hate is when they put UGH BOOKS ARE SO NERDY LOL I DON'T READ. Pfft.
    Same here! (:
    Nobody Owens. </3


    btek:
    That's true, actually. It never occurred to me. Oh dear, now the piracy thing is gonna spread to books too. Hooray for getting out hands on obscure books, though, electronic form as they may be.

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  6. JAN DID YOU KNOW LOOKING FOR ALASKA IS MY FAVORITE BOOK IN THE ENTIRE WORLD
    I just thought I should share.

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  7. I'VE BEEN LOOKING SO HARD FOR IT, I SWEAR. Think I need to get Borders to order it, damnit.

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