Whatcha Readin’?

In college, I quickly learned that I had to forgo reading for pleasure; I succumbed to hours of dense, textbook reading quite frequently.  However, now that I am enjoying a far less complicated, relatively stress-free lifestyle with more free time, I have recently rekindled one of my favorite joys in life: reading for fun.

And when I say reading for fun, I specifically mean that I love reading real, live, tangible books- with covers and printed pages that you can manually flip. I am more tactile in this sense; an e-book on a kindle  just doesn’t have that physical book feel.

It’s similar to how an email can’t compete with the warmth of a handwritten letter, and deleting an item on my iphone’s to-do list doesn’t give me the same satisfaction as crossing it off a handwritten list. I enjoy seeing my reading progress with a bookmark and dog-earring my pages when I come across descriptive lines.

There is nothing like a used  bookstore to inspire the reader in me. I love the musty smell of books that haven’t been flipped through in a while and running my index finger along the spines, imagining the various journeys and revelations packed into the small text.

There is no greater thrill in reading than not being able to put a book down at 2:00am; my latest internal struggle seems to be, should I finish the book or get some sleep? The book normally wins.

I recently stocked up on books at Dasa, a charming, three-story bookstore in Bangkok just off the Phrom Phong BTS stop. A bookstore with three stories of books, in English, cramped from floor to ceiling is a glorious gem when living abroad!  All the photos in this blog post were taken at Dasa. 

At Stephen King says, “books are a uniquely portable magic.” Reading takes you faraway to exotic lands and back home to familiar feelings simultaneously, and books have that inexplicable capability of conjuring up so many emotions from encouragement and sadness to inspiration and gratitude. I’m excited to be a bookworm again!

I recently made a Goodreads account which will allow me to keep track of the books I read and rate/comment on them. It also gives me suggestions based on my book choices and categories of interest.

I just finished Emily Giffin’s “Love the One You’re With,” and started Thomas Friedman’sThe World is Flat.”

What books are you reading right now (and how)? Any good recommendations?


  1. Grethe | 12th Aug 13

    Man, I love used book stores. That one looks really cool! I just read Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker. It was really good, I think you would like it. Really well written, interesting stuff. Now I’m reading Beloved, which is also excellent. Add me on Goodreads: sodthewalk. Love you!

    • Words of a Wanderer | 12th Aug 13

      The bookstore was really neat!! You would have loved it!! And mmm, that sounds good, it’s going on my list! Thank you for the suggestions!! <3 <3

  2. Alexis O | 12th Aug 13

    I’m reading Cloud Atlas right now. How? Hurriedly, with the knowledge that pleasure reading time will coming to a screaming halt in September 🙂

    I love this post.

    • Words of a Wanderer | 13th Aug 13

      Thank you!:) I’ll haven’t heard of that one, ill have to check it out! Enjoy your pleasure reading while you can!!

  3. Lucia B | 14th Aug 13

    So if I get a chance to go and visit you, you are taking me to this bookstore, right? I love the fact that you wrote about the love of reading. It is unfortunate that this joy is not shared by more people or the fact that many people don’t take time to read. I can say that I have enjoyed being able to read for fun, but I have gone back to the “boring’ books that I was supposed to read for class and now understand why my professors chose these books.

    I agree with you about the feel of a book it is my personal preference. But as you know I am never without my Kindle just in case the desire to read arises. It also beats packing an extra suitcase or carry for my books

    • Words of a Wanderer | 15th Aug 13

      Yes of course I will take you there!!! You would love it! I even got a book in Spanish 🙂 I’m glad that we share a love for reading, it’s one the reasons why we are so similar 😉 You make a good point about your kindle! It IS very handy to have an convenient for travel, and you can come back home to an actual book. Thanks for your comments LS! Enjoy your books!

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