your books are on the way

I… bought two new books. My friend, who was opposite me, wondered if I was rushing some work or you know, something serious. She was curious, because I was like a busy bee, fingers pounding here and there on my computer.

What I was really doing – Chatting with a bookseller, trying to secure the books, pay online, send the payment receipt, my new shipping address…

I was expecting her to roll her eyes, as I have hundres of unread books, piling up in my Kindle and around my apartment. But she didn’t. She said, “as long as you’re not buying ten books a month, you’re okay.” What a friend!

I bought these books, can’t wait to receive them:

  1. Shell-shocked – On the ground under Israel’s Gaza assault by Mohammed Omer
  2. What it means to be Palestinian – Stories of a Palestinian childhood by Dina Matar

That’s all. Excited would be an understatement. Anxious and impatient, yes.

Travel

I’m going on a break, hoping for many things. One of them is to finish a couple of books on my Kindle and seek the meaning behind it.

I’ll be traveling to Surabaya, Indonesia. A country I’ve visited before (Jakarta), but not a place I’ve been to before.

Many uncertainties.

Many questions.

But one thing for sure is hoping to read more. And avoid buying books at the airport. AVOID!!!

2019-2020

So I’m paying for this domain and I don’t even use it diligently! What a shame! I’ve been busy battling some life numbing bs, and I haven’t been able to read as much as I’d like to. That was 2019 for me. The last book I read in 2019 was Stolen, about the Boko Haram.

I bought less than 20 books in 2019 (okay, less than 40, still, much better compared to 2018), and I’ve read less than 30. At least that’s what my Goodreads reading challenge is telling me… Let me go check it now…

There you go… *pats slaps self on back*. Some achievement!

Alright. Might upload another post of some books I got earlier this month…

Slump

I’ve been on a life slump lately. Not just reading. But life in general. So much has happened, it’s a shame that I do not wish to blog about it. I might turn it into a book, though. Now, isn’t that something relevant to reading?

Okay. Let me get to something more important than what’s been going on in my life.

I’m currently reading:

  • Stolen Girls by Wolfgang Bauer.
  • Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano.

I was previously reading but stalled:

  • From The Ground Up by Howard Schultz
  • and dozens more.

It’s nearing the end of 2019. So much has happened. So much is still happening. I am overwhelmed, but I’ll never give up on reading because it’s the only escape I have. Peace out.

Read: Boy Erased

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

I didn’t know this was turned to a movie prior to reading it. Didn’t know nothing about Nicole Kidman. Nothing. Which is a good thing because everything was left to imagination and getting right into the characters themselves.

There were many insightful quotes. I wouldn’t know where to begin. I’ll try to post some of my favorite quotes another day since I don’t have my Kindle with me and I’m too lazy to check on my synced notes on Amazon or Goodreads.

Of course, highly recommended. I could resonate with the author especially on the religion bit. I spent the bulk of my teenaged years in a Baptist church. The church, youth fellowship and everything else was perfect. There wasn’t anything superficial nor hypocritical about it. Put that aside, the whole idea of Christianity and religion and how it represents themselves to determine our sexuality is beyond my reach.

That is all. Be who you want to be. Be who you really are.

Tomorrow I’m facing an uphill battle. It’s the end of an era. And I’ll be moving on to something even more challenging, and that – is my destiny.

Misplaced My Book!

This really did happen… I was reading Madame Mao: The White-Boned Demon… for a couple of days… at home… and all of a sudden, I simply couldn’t find it. It’s as though someone is trying to stop me from reading anti-PRC books…

If you know me personally you’d know why I’d suggested that…