About

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Lauren Slater, author of Prozac Diary – summed up (for me) why certain people prefer to read nonfiction.

Why do I blog

To unwind from one heavy read before moving on to the next. I don’t attempt to be witty and well-researched. I just go with it.

What do I read

Memoirs, biographies, history, cultural discourse, current affairs, organized crime, trials and tribulations, triumphs and defeats. I gravitate towards books written by investigative journalists. Many on my read and tbr pile are written by current or former journalists. My favorite book can be vividly deciphered from the header of this blog, written by Jon Krakauer, a renowned veteran investigative journalist. Also, I majored in journalism… So, yeah.

What do I do when I’m not reading

How do I fund my bottomless digital and physical library? I translate ‘highly confidential’ documents (really), and all my clients are based overseas. Others – 365 soccermom duties, legacy writing services (on-going project), hosting a book club, attending a writing club…

As a reader…

  • A librocubicularist.
  • Prefers solitude.
  • Reads better during thunderstorms.
  • Attempted fiction. Stepped out only to experience pure misery.
  • Kindles: 7th gen white + 3rd gen black ppw.
  • Carries a Kindle and a pocket-sized paperback everywhere.

As a wannabe writer…

That famous saying by Pam Allyn. Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out. Always working on something. Hope it’ll be done before my time’s up.

Lastly, a random story of how I caved in to e-readers:

I used to be pro-books for the longest time, until one fateful day in December 2015. I remember sitting in my office which was at Raycom Infotech Park then, looking out the window. It was a dry, smoggy, below-freezing winter in Beijing. Christmas was in a couple of days, so work was super slow. I was trolling people books on Amazon China and as always, they didn’t have this, didn’t have that. Ordering stuff, especially books from overseas, is risky business. The Chinese customs would F*CK it up for you, without a doubt. I know, because I went through the whole process sometime after the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They called me up asking about my “suspicious” package from Book Depository, even though they have clearly opened it and had seen the contents; all nonfiction, all propaganda-free. With no intention of ever listening to my explanation whatsoever, they demanded that I head downtown to retrieve it because there’s no way (in hell) they will deliver it until I be seen and identified not as a person but a foreigner. But – not before taunting me with the probability that they might confiscate it, leaving me utterly powerless over a bunch of propaganda-free books.

Anyway. Back to my story. So I was moping around Amazon China, desperate to order a big pile of good reads to help me get through the smoggy winter… And instead of books, I ended up getting my first e-reader, a black, 3rd gen Paperwhite! Bless the censorship police of China!


I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do. All the best in your quest for answers on life.