The weekend came too soon, and went by equally fast as well. Sigh.
I strained my eyeballs a lot more this year. I have managed to read at least a book a month, on average – I think I failed to achieve that target during the past few years, when I was busy with assignments and classes while still in university.
I splurged on my first-ever visit to a Times warehouse sale back in May, which, sadly, was attempted under two hours.
Then, I had the opportunity to read books that I have never thought of reading (or buying!), for the sake of reviewing them. After all, we would usually go for books from our favourite writers or preferred genre, instead of taking the risk to part with our hard-earned money on relatively unknown authors with different writing styles.
Next came the bookshelf which I painstakingly assembled, before realising it was supposed to be a CD shelf instead. Thankfully, it can still house the considerable amount of books that I had previously stashed on any uninhabited spots of my room.
It says a lot, when you scan through the list and realise that you have, embarassingly, read only three, out of the one hundred books deemed to be the best English-language novels from 1923 to the present.
Never mind the fact that there are a lot more books in my to-read list as well. Besides, lists are overrated, eh?
It is such a great feeling to flip through the pages, anticipating, and not knowing what lies in store next. No colourful pictures, no fanciful artwork. Just plain text that conjure multiple images in your head, leading you on an exhilarating ride through worlds of intrigue and suspense, realms of might and magic.
These are some of the books I have read this year:
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: a Trilogy in Four Parts, Douglas Adams
- Demon Wars saga – Demon Awakens, Demon Spirit, Demon Apostle; R.A. Salvatore
- About a Boy; Nick Hornby (teehee)
- 25th Hour; David Benioff
- Oxygen; Andrew Miller
- The Return of the Dancing Master; Henning Mankell
- Velocity; Dean Koontz
- Eldest; Christopher Paolini
- Wolves Eat Dogs; Martin Cruz Smith
- The Creature in the Case; Garth Nix
- Death is Forever; Elizabeth Lowell
- Tawny Man trilogy – Fool’s Errand, Golden Fool, Fool’s Fate; Robin Hobb
- The Da Vinci Code; Dan Brown
There are still a few more books to go, though. I know I should take it easy, but I think I am on a roll already…
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