Read. Reading. Will Read.
I intentionally stopped (well, ‘paused’) blogging for month. For no reason.
For a month, I learned and gained a lot. New skills. New friends. New perspectives. Among others.
You see, I’m not an avid reader. I love the concept of reading books but I don’t necessarily read them. I love the sweet stench discharged through every flip of the pages. I love books per se, but I’m not a fan of reading.
This is not a blog post about a non-reader turned reader. This is a blog post of my journey of simply unleashing the inner reader in me.
On reading, here’s what I learned:
Sometimes we only need to push ourselves harder so that breakthroughs can really “break” through.
Hello, John Green!
After a long day’s
corporate slavery work, I headed over to the nearest bookstore from my workplace and scouted some ‘best-selling’ books, when suddenly, I remembered The Fault in Our Stars by John Green which has always been mentioned by friends. And so I bought it. While on my way home, I read through it. One page at a time.
I was about to go to a food bazaar and just typically spend a Friday night gobbling down savory treats. YOLO. But plans changed when I entered the oblivious realm of book reading, which is seemingly addictive.
As soon as I got home, I kept on reading. I slept at around two to three in the morning.
Come Saturday morning, I woke up and resumed. Since I really need to do something for the day, and at the same time I can’t take my hands off the book, I brought it with me.
On my home, again, I chose to ride on a bus so that I can have adequate time to read on the station. This time, I’m already on my 80%, on my way to the climax. And this line hit me:
“When the scientists of the future show up at my house with robot eyes and they tell me to try them on, I will tell the scientists to screw off, because I do not want to see a world without him.” (Read the book to discover its relevance. Trust me, you’re in for a good treat.)
I felt this unusually tummy-tingling sensation that you usually pick up when you are on the edge of a skyscraper. Then, I almost cried.
So I raced my way home and finished it. At that night, I finished my first novel. Oh, I mean, first legit novel.
That ignited my reading frenzy.
John Green does a spectacular job in forming reading disciplines to people. He might not even know it. His writing style is so friendly that you wouldn’t feel that you’re being looked down upon. Witty and impressive.
After a few days, I starved. So I went to the bookstore again and looked for Paper Towns, which isn’t available during that time. So I opted to read Looking for Alaska instead. I finished it after two to three days.
Story starts with a guy who tries to seek the “Great Perhaps” of his life. So Miles Halter moved from his hometown to Alabama for his junior year. He begins to make himself acclimated to the school and the people in it. He met a few good friends but when he met Alaska Young, his life changed. It has never been the same again.
Here are some of the inspiring lines that left some marks on me:
“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”
“You shall love your crooked neighbor / With your crooked heart.”
“If people were like rain, I was like drizzle and she was a hurricane.”
What’s up, Daniel Keyes?
Needless to say, this guy’s a genius.
Beautifully depressing, or depressingly beautiful. That’s how I felt after I went over it for a week.
Algernon is not a place. Similar to Alaska, it’s a name. But this time, a name of a mouse. Believe it or not, it’s tagged as a science fiction short story.
It’s written as a personal journal in the perspective of Charlie Gordon, a retard-turned-genius adult, who has undergone a surgery which was first carried out on Algernon. Back cover tells us that Algernon died, probably because of the experiment’s side effects. Could the same fate happen to Charlie?
Moving lines from the brilliant author:
“I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone.”
“Intelligence and education that hasn’t been tampered by human affection isn’t worth a damn. Intelligence without the ability to give and receive affection leads to mental and moral breakdown, to neurosis, and possibly even psychosis.”
“I’m like a man who’s been half-asleep all his life, trying to find out what he was like before he woke up.”
You see, I have read plenty of books already. But there are just some that remain noteworthy and memorable. Like this self-help book which changed my life:
Here’s a blog post where I mentioned this book: Define Creativity.
Before the month ends, I should be able to finish this.
Confessions of an Advertising Man – Mark a strikethrough if done, (insert date here)
And of course.
DC’s New 52 The Flash series.
Well, there’s just a lot to read. But I have a list in mind that shouldn’t be missed this year. Here are some of them:
- The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
- The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
- A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
- Paper Towns by John Green
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Oh, it feels so good to ink down some thoughts after a month’s reclusion from the blogosphere. Drop your thoughts on the comment section if you have some book recommendations in mind! I’d appreciate that. A lot. Thank you.