Born To Read: Eating Words, Drinking Tea

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Yesterday, I went out to catch some sun. Work’s a little accommodating so I took the chance to get a haircut and have a massage. Going home, I caught up with my parents but before driving back, they told me they have to buy something and I stayed in the car and read.

I find that as long as there is a book with me, I’m never alone and I’ll never mind being alone. It’s an incredible feeling, diving into a book, devouring words, and losing any sense of time; it’s as if your feet lifts in the air the moment you open the pages and you’re transported to anywhere but here. There’s a magic about it, something similar with food and traveling, that’s really a beautiful thing.

Right now, I have several books that begs attention though I must admit I’m taking things slower now compared to last year as I’m keen on writing too and balancing both activities that interest me. I flipped Cloudy Atlas last week but when I got my hands on Dracula, I just cannot put it down. I’m a little more than halfway now and enjoying it to the last drop.

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Others on queue are Frankenstein, A Room with a View, The Metamorphosis, and another classic by Ann Bronte but I forgot the title; I also have This is How you Lose her (thank you, Elaine), and Factotum, which I listed on my wishlist last year and now I can’t wait to get to it. There’s a mad zest inside me when I think of reading it actually.

Also the past days, I’ve been reading poetry, not a lot, but I’m appreciating them more and more. I love how they can say and not say things all at once. It’s phenomenal. I haven’t written one more after my bad poetry on the weekend but I feel I’m still inspired so we’ll see how it goes.

Have you been reading lately? Please don’t tell me you aren’t. I’ll never understand people who don’t read. I feel there is too much they are missing on, but I guess in the end, it’s their choice how much they want to limit themselves and I can only wish them better. Tell me if you want some .epubs that I can share! :)

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53 thoughts on “Born To Read: Eating Words, Drinking Tea

  1. meron akong isang book ngayon na hindi ko pa matapos-tapos basahin, it’s a literally book, mga prose & poems written in English by local author. tama ka at naka inspire talaga. hirap lang ako matapos kasi parang di ko maihiwalay (set aside) ung kwento ng author kumpara sa kanyang tula, hahaha, napagsasama ko. sa ngayon sinubukan ko siyang basahin pabalik (mula sa huling page patungo sa una, hahaha), parang counterflow lang, at yun ako’y muling nakaka-usad. sarap.

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  4. I really try to read anything when I have time. As far as my goodreads list is concerned, I’m currently reading these books (simulataneously. crazy I know!) since 2012: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Life of Pi, The Rise of Nine and Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal (this is a YA book written by Glee’s Chris Colfer) a few days ago. I’m halfway through the 1st two books, I finished reading the third one and I just started reading the last book a few days ago. As much as I want to just curl up and read, I just have no time in finishing a book unless I do drastic measures like camp out in a bookstore or something. But I have to agree with you, you’re missing a lot if you don’t read :)

    • good to know you’re tackling a bunch right now. i have read life of pi a couple of years ago and it has been a favorite of mine that year. i haven’t read today yet as i’m working. maybe i’ll resume with it tonight or tomorrow.

  5. reading a lot! :) i have tons of ebooks and actual books on my to-read pile. i wish that there are days that we are just mandated to finish at least one book a day for a week! *sigh* #bookloverproblems HAHA :)

    • is it? that’s lovely to know. i’m certain i’ll enjoy it and tell you all about it afterwards. i’m just about to finish dracula. what other classics have you read?

      • Moll Flanders (hmm, for me, it is “okay”), Catcher in the Rye (I love every line, every rant, read it for 6X? Haha.) Pride and Prejudice (pampatulog but good), Alice and Wonderland (Classics ba to? Pero masaya naman. Hehe.) Little Women (In fairness, I liked this book). Daddy Long Legs (Ay, hindi ata Classics to, pambata pero okay naman, “cute”) Di ko matandaan yung iba. Hehe.

        Frankenstein, sa sobrang tuwa ko, hinanap ko pa yung ibang book ni Shelley! As in, eto lang, asan pa yung ibang gawa niya??? Medyo nakakalungkot lang kasi ang hirap maghanap ng IBANG libro niya. Please enjoy. :)

        Ang saya magbasa ngayong malamig no? Godfathe ang peg ko ngayon by Puzo. ;)

        • wow, that’s a lot of classics! i’m very happy to meet so many people who revel in books just as i do. do you want to get .epubs of other classics i have? i can forward them to you. frankenstein’s the first of shelley i’ll encounter too and if it be any good i hope not the last. i haven’t read godfather; good?

          • Godfather is ecstatic! Fantastic! Lunatic! Lahat na! If you read Millennium Trilogy, the pacing and thrill is comparable. Solid! :) I’m not done with it yet, maybe 100 pages to go but it’s fun reading slowly because I do not want to end it yet. hahaha.

            Thank you for the offer but sorry ha, I will decline muna. My eyes have some problem right now, cannot handle e-books, lumuluha lang siya uncontrollably pag ebook. But thank you thank you for the offer. That’s very nice of you. :)

            Let me know once you are done with franken. :) Wiiii! Excited much!

            • sounds like a good book. i just finished dracula. :) i’ve no intention to read the millennium series, that’s the girl with the dragon tattoo books right? np, i always prefer paperbacks than ebooks myself.

              • You prefer classics more? :)

                Yeah, me too, prefer the crisp pages than the sleek screen I guess. But ain’t nothing wrong with those gadgets, I just prefer the paperback.

                • i don’t prefer any genre though i’m interested in the classics right now. as long as it’s a good read then i’m in. i’m on the same boat with you regarding the gadgets. many times iBooks have saved my ass real nice!

    • i guess there’s always come a time when you’ll just be too busy to get lost in a book. i hope you find the time to enjoy the finer things in life soon!

    • lovely to hear that. i’m loving dracula. i enjoy the narration unlike with other classics. cheers to people who are born to read! i’m looking forward to start on a room with a view, should be good.

  6. lalakasan ko na ang loob ko.. hindi pa ako nakakapag basa[i mean yung nagbabasa ng may pleasure hindi yung nagbabasa kasi napipilitan akong basahin kasi kailangan kong makatapos ng isang program or whatnot] nitong huling nakaraang araw. after nung The Time Keeper, nagsimula na akong magfocus sa thesis. :D

    pero nagbabasa ako… na parang hindi. HAHAHAHA! say whut? ang gulo ko.. :lol:

    • okay lang yan, i think you just have to find that one book which will inspire you to read. if you keep on getting the wrong stuff that does nothing to create a spark within your mind then nothing will happen. i haven’t read the time keeper, si mitch albom ba yan?

      • yep. si mitch albom nga :) mabilis lang yun.

        ^^, it’s not that i don’t have something to read… ang ibig kong sabihin, natatambakan ako ng gagawin kaya hindi ako makapagbasa ng mga books na gawa talaga ng mga creative writers… puro technical writers ang nagsusulat ng mga binabasa ko ngayon ^^, hehe as in technical jargon ang gamit nila. Epistaxis. :P

          • salamat PM!!!! ~_~ ako din… umaasa akong makahanap ng panahon.. huhuhu… mahilig ka ba sa YA? basahin mo naman yung 39 Clues nang may makakwentuhan ako. wahahahaha! :( kasi yung kaibigan ko, vampire stories ang trip niya eh… eh more on contemporary ang trip ko. at panaka-nakang nagbabasa ng classics ^.^

            btw, bow talaga ako sa mga reviews mo ^^, hehe. yun lang :lol:

  7. Sometimes I don’t go out to have some fun with friends when they invite me. These are the times when I think books are more sensible a company than them. Sometimes I prefer to be alone with books. And my friends always say something like, “You miss a lot of fun in the world”. But the thing is, I am having fun and definitely enjoying the company of books. And no, they miss a lot of fun in the world.

  8. I used to tell my daughters when they were young that if they ever wanted to be anywhere but here, just grab a book. I told them it was the cheapest form of travel. It’s true:-) I’m never without a book. Good post!

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