The literary baton

Me? Read? *points to self* Me? Read? Books? Kidding right. I was tagged by Princess Thumbelina but really, I dont read as much as I should

1) Total number of books that I’ve owned
Quite a number of computer books, programming, flash animations, adobe premiere. There’s also some self improvement books, like the dictionary of dreams, how to be a sucessful person in 55 tips, Tony Buzan’s memory improvement books … Very rarely do I own fiction books, normally because I usually borrow these from the library and only buy books if I really need them to refer to them at my own convenience.

2) The last book I bought

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One particular poetry that caught my eye:

Virtue, by George Herbert

Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridall of the earth and skie:
The dew shall weep thy fall to night;
For thou must die.

Sweet rose, whose hue angrie and brave
Bids the rash gazer wipe his eye:
Thy root is ever in its grave
And thou must die.

Sweet spring, full of sweet dayes and roses,
A box where sweets compacted lie;
My musick shows ye have your closes,
And all must die.

Onely a sweet and vertuous soul,
Like season’d timber, never gives;
But though the whole world turn to coal,
Then chiefly lives.

3) The last book that I read
Not quite done with it, just halfway is this book.

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Basically this book tells you about how you have the mental power to achieve anything that you want and trains your mental and emotional self to become more mature and stronger. You identify thoughts and feelings that makes you unhappy, and develop healthy ways of thinking. Interesting book, albeit very simplistic and quite clear cut. In a nutshell. You can do anything, if you believe you can and DO something about it.

I’ve read this one some time back

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Cart recommended me this reading. Basically its a book about virtual worlds, how one can travel into it to interact create social worlds (very similar to the 3D worlds that we have right now and amazingly, this book was written a long long time before the internet) Interesting book. But Sci-Fi isnt really my kind of reading.

4) Books that mean alot to me

a) Chronicles of Narnia

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My first encounter with “The lion, the witch and the wardrobe” back in secondary school, when I was about 14 or 15 years old and it intruiged me enough to borrow it from the library. It took me about a week to complete reading and I loved the fantastical story of magic, of loyalty and friendship … and before long, I was scouring for the other Narnia books installments. I loved them all and the most captivating installment of all was “The last battle” which really left me having a deep impact about the netherworlds

Suffice to say, I loved it.

b) The Quran does bring a feeling a serenity when I read it and calms me down. Wonderful reading during nice and quiet nights. I have to admit that I’m not a very religious person and that I’m not all that good at the arabic reading but its an incredible feeling anyways.

C) Tony Buzan’s Use your head.

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While back in secondary school, there was a camp for improving the mind conducted by Nury. And the coordinator, Uncle M starting talking about how memory works and how to improve memory by different methods like Mind Mapping, and Number pegs. I started reading this book by chance while in the library. I liked this book as it was quite simple to follow (though admittedly, I’m a little unmotivated to train my pegs) Tony Buzan’s a hero to me

d) The Zen of listening

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I like this book as it has many pointers about the lost art of listening and it makes alot of sense. Communication is two way and that people should listen to another person’s point of view, even if they do not agree with each other to at least understand their own point of view and why they react that way. I couldnt put this book down. Its easy reading but has a lot of punch.

e) Well, this book was written by not one author but many. It would be my autograph books and my diaries throughout the years. It contains many precious memories that I can refer and reflect to throughout the years and is more precious to me than any book in any library. It might not be a literary genious writing, but its heartfelt and is still most beautiful.

Yeah .. thats about it *scratches head* Lets see if these people below would make a list too


2 Replies to “The literary baton”

  1. mmm … these arent heavy reading thumbelina, heavy reading would be more oh psychology texts and economics texts that I see in the library, those are too much for me to digest in one sitting …

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