Wednesday, 14 November 2012

It's reading time

We went to the Popular Book Fair at Danga City Mall last night. It has been a while since I last went on a book-buying spree. I picked up 4 novels while the missus chose 2.

The four that I selected are shown in the photograph below. With the exception of Stephen King, the other three authors are new territory for me, although I have to say that I've heard of Arundhati Roy before. Her award-winning book, The God of Small Things, first came into print in 1997. I've seen it on the shelf of my local library but was never moved to borrow it for reading. This time around, Popular offered it for sale to members at only RM9.90, so it's a steal.

Also on offer at RM9.90 is Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. By just looking at the cover, you can tell it's a `girl' novel. What prompted me to give it a try was a few lines of introduction to the story written on the back cover.

"They say to live every day as if it's your last - but you never actually think it's going to be. You always think you have more time."

Recent events have got me thinking about the short time we have in life... so I thought this book might be a good read. We shall see.

The only non-fiction book of the four is Three Cups of Tea. It tells the story of mountaineer Greg Morrison's mission to build schools in the poor and remote villages in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I guess I'll start my reading with this one.

If this blog doesn't look like it's being updated in the next few weeks, you guys will know what I've been up to.

Selamat Tahun Baru Hijrah 1434 to all Muslim friends and readers...

Should tide me over till the end of the year


ACe said...

Hi Just to let you know you blog is the featured blog on my site today -

The aim of the site is to give Johor Bloggers a wider audience.

Wan Sharif said...

On short time we have in life.. there is this verse 5 of surah asSajda
'He rules (all) affairs from the heavens to the earth: in the end will (all affairs) go up to Him, on a Day, the space whereof will be (as) a thousand years of your reckoning.' 032.005
Relatively 62.5 years is equivalent to 1.5 hrs..

Oldstock said...

Hi Ace,

Thank you for linking my blog and this post to yours. I've had a look at your site and it is nice to see that you have concentrated the Johor bloggers into one source.

Perhaps it would be good if you can introduce yourself. I cannot find the link to your blogger profile. Maybe one day you can arrange for a Johor blogger gathering so that we can get to know each other better and promote friendships.

Thanks again.

Oldstock said...

Ayoh Wang,

Thank you for the reference to Surah As-sajdah. Indeed our time on earth is relatively very short.

BTW, I guess you have read my earlier post about the makmum who doesn't want to obey the imam...