Getting back to reading … small steps

Whenever I tell someone I’m a librarian, he/she assumes that I love to read. Yes, I do but when I was working I did not read as much as I want to. But please don’t get me wrong. I do read but mostly scholarly articles, chapters in books and books. Reading novels was a luxury then and I only read novels when I travel whilst waiting for my flight or onboard flights.

Over the years I accumulated a number of books. I normally buy them on my travels, during book fairs and book sales. I amassed quite a collection and each time I buy them, I tell myself that I will read it one day. And of course that one day comes when I officially retired on 28 May 2017.

So, what have I read so far? Not as many books as I want to – only 9 to be exact – from 1 June 2017 until 31 December 2017. Here goes:

  1. Cantik Itu Luka – Eka Kurniawan. Jakarta: Gramedia, 2015.
  2. The Shadow of Me – Azlena Abdul Hamid. Kuala Lumpur: Kalsom Taib Publishing, 2017.
  3. If I Stay – Gayle Forman. New York: Speak, 2009.
  4. Theodore Boone: The Scandal – John Grisham. London: Hodder, 2016.
  5. How Starbucks Saved My Life – Michael Gates Lee. New York: Avery, 2007.
  6. Suleiman The Magnificient – A. Teyfur Erdogdu. Istanbul: Rumuz Publishing, 2017.
  7. Life in Harem. K. Erhan Bozkurt. Istanbul: Keskin Volour, 2010. Translated by Stuart Kline.
  8. Micro Malaysians – Anwar Hadi (Editor). Petaling Jaya: Fixi Novo, 2017.
  9. Joseon’s Royal Heritage: 500 Years of Splendor. Seoul: Korea Foundation, 2011.

As you can see, I read all genre since I don’t have a particular author that I read. I use to read John Grisham’s work but the last one, Pizza Man, took such a long time to finish reading it. His works are good but you really need to focus on what you are reading since all his works are law related. I still have 5 more books to finish up and hopefully I can get to read more and hopefully I can identify a genre or maybe an author I like. However, my choice of books is highly dependent on the font size. I totally skip books with small font size and I grab books with large font size.

What am I reading now? The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness by Kyung-Sook Shin. It is translated from Korean and published in 2015 in New York by Pegasus Books. The setting for this novel is Jeju Island and the author is a Man Asia Literary Prize  winner. But most importantly, the font size is large. My other constant read is AlMumayyaz. So, 9 books in 7 months … an accomplishment for me.

 

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