Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Just a bookworm at heart

I LOVE to read. When I was younger, it was an escape from the mundane routine of daily life. The first novel I read was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. I was seven years old at the time. Granted alot of the story was lost on me, I re-read it when I was 14 and a third time at 21.

When I was in medical school, specifically my clinical years, I didn't have time to read for pleasure. Working at HSAJB, one of the busiest hospitals in the country, storybooks were simply an impossible luxury.

Then last year, I suddenly realized that there was something missing in my life. Like a long forgotten friend, I rediscovered my passion for books (and music). Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of taking time to curl up with a good book (much better if it raining outside).

That 's why I try to set aside some money each month to buy books (for me, also for the kids). Someone once gave me some really good advice.

"We are always busy. If we wait to have free time before we buy books, we will never find it. If you can afford to buy a book, buy it now. Read it whenever you're free."

So I don't mind that I'm only halfway through a book, I started reading last week (when I probably could finish it in a 4 hour marathon read- but where on earth am I going to find 4 hours uninterrupted spare time?), or that I have 3 more books just waiting patiently in my desk drawer. InsyaAllah , there will be time.

Now.. I just wish that the books were cheaper..uhuhu (hopefully this new excess bookstore concept -BookXcess will be the alternative I've been searching for).


fiziskandarz said...

hey hey hey CEd, i haven't read "The Count of Monte Cristo" novel - just watched the movie. great story! and please please please give us some review of the books u have read! [ btw: if u're going for travelling, do take tonnes of pix and share it ok ;) ]

Hidayah Ismawi said...

allergyc.. I review all books that I read.. thet're all in the Visual bookshelf app (90 reviews..hehe.. kalau rajin gi lah jenguk) on FB.. but will insyaAllah also post them here..it's just taking a bit longer to finish the books ..uhuhu..

sure.. will be travelling far soon.. can't wait (cheerful optimism..hehe)

ps: The book is so much better than the movie... so many more layers... but I suggest you find the abridged version.. the original is quite thick and heavy (both literally and figuratively)

lina said...

Hidayah – could you please tell us in your future n3 the detail on how your parents encourage you loves read the book. Are they also love read the book?


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