My Facebook wall has still been inundated with a spate of heart-warming greetings from my families, friends , and the people I am acquainted with since Tuesday ,reminding me of that it is now my 30th years of existence in this complicated world.Gee, I am now in another passage of rite where every aspect of life may be beyond control. Thus, aside from the fact that it is the time when I have to consider my health, career, and marriage life- if the universe conspires with me – I look forward to reading more books that are more meaningful, more life-transforming.
Ever since I was such a simpleton, it was typical of me to to be observed in the corner of the living room burying myself in pieces of paper people might have found academical. If only they knew. I would read any books at my disposal: textbooks, old newspapers, brochures, magazines, notebooks disposed of by a student, bibles- anything I could read. But I never had a good chance of reading the literary books every child must read such as Hans Christian Andersen ‘s fairy tales, Lucy Maud Montgomery ‘s Anne of Green Gables, Alexandre Dumas‘ The Three Musketeers , Shel Silverstein‘s The Giving Tree, Rudyard Kipling‘s The Jungle Book, to name a few. Nor was I brought along to a book store where I could have been encouraged to choose ones I would have loved to read. Our life at that point was still a hand to the mouth.
My 20’s was the stage of my life when I took the chance to read the books I could afford. I have got a job which gives me access to this epistemological obsession given the fact that my profession is paid peanuts. Thanks to book stores selling second-hand books. Besides, my enormous enthusiasm for books has groomed me to be a trying-hard literary critic. I have discovered some famous writers I wish to have known when I was still very young, whose works have shaken the world history.At the same time, I wound up in some book club sites where I have met many book monsters like me who give me ideas of how to write, of how to mold the potentials I had been shrouding in the darkest nooks of my unconsciousness
In my 30’s, I look ahead to having crossed out all the books in the 1001-best-books-you-must-read-before-you-die list suggested by an online magazine, The Guardian before making the transition to mid-life crisis. Click here for the list. I fancy having aged out of this life period like a well-read person, young at heart. At that time, I would be such a consummate book bore you might turn your back on. In addition, I will try to be well-versed in other major forms of literary genre I have not explored yet such as academics since there are many things in the world I want to know more, poetry since I want to write a ala Lang Leav poems you might wince at, dramas since I could be a masquerader, commentaries since I am a social activist, and what not.
Also, in my 30’s ,I hope I will be able to keep this blog updated, available till kingdom come . I will try to be more dedicated to and enthusiastic about writing and sharing all my idiosyncratic and hyperbolic ideas. Most importantly, I hope I will be able to accomplish my own masterpieces , somehow as critically acclaimed as an immortal writer’s. I am an ambitious frog. Fancy that!
For the meantime, another special friend of mine sent her love with a book gift. It is Will in the World.
Goodreads Book Descriptions:Author: Stephen GreenblattPaperback, 464 pagesPublished April 4th 2016 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2004)
A young man from a small provincial town moves to London in the late 1580s and, in a remarkably short time, becomes the greatest playwright not of his age alone but of all time. How is an achievement of this magnitude to be explained? Stephen Greenblatt brings us down to earth to see, hear, and feel how an acutely sensitive and talented boy, surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life, could have become the world’s greatest playwright.
Also, I was deeply touched by a special letter from my Korean student. This is one of the best letters I have received thus far.
People say that life is the thing , but I prefer reading. – Logan Pearsall Smith-