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