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’s “The World is Flat.”
What books are you reading right now (and how)? Any good recommendations?