I used to find new books by visiting bookstores, seeing what’s new there or what’s the old ones I have not read yet, then considering if they’re worth to buy. Well, I still do it until now. Sometimes I don’t visit the bookstore on purpose, like it’s only for killing time while I am waiting for my friends to come if the meeting point is in the mall. But it often leads me to buy books though.
Then with all technologies around and good people providing websites for readers like Goodreads and BookLikes, I browse in there to see what’s the current book becoming primadonna among readers, either fiction (particularly for mystery, crime, dystopian, thriller genres) or nonfiction (economics, management, self-improvement ones). Okay, for the nonfiction ones, I feel obliged to stay updated with my academic background (for the economics and management). If I thought they were interesting and could be found in Indonesia bookstores, I would go searching there. But recently since I have been able to read e-books, I often download some.
2. How did you get into reading?
Same with Stefanie, I don’t know how and when I started to read. But my older cousin ever told me that I used to read Bible when I was still in kindergarten (well, she used the word ‘used to‘ lol), especially The Old Testament. I quite remember that, because until now, without any intention to regard less The New Testament more, I enjoy more reading The Old Testament. They are narrative and full of actions. So many humane conflicts there that hook me. I think I know why I really like suspense stories. The Old Testament has that element there hehe.
And as far as I can remember, the one who really influenced me to read is my late grandfather. He’s a bookworm, book geek, name it. I remember that when I saw him reading a book while eating, I thought he’s cool and then unconsciously followed him. He often brought me to book stores, bought me kid magazines like Bobo, Ina (unfortunately it’s not published anymore), and also comics and mangas.
My late aunt also often gave me mangas while my uncle bought me two encyclopedias and Toto Chan in 5th grade (this was the first novel I read!). They are family from my mother’s side. Well, I guess they are ones who put reading books as my habits lol.
3. How has your taste in books changed since you’ve gotten older?I don’t know whether my taste changed or not. Instead of changing, I think I feel like knowing what really suit me after trying to read books from any genre, be it teenlit, chicklit, romance, thriller, young-adult, dystopian, name it. I am a type who will enjoy any books that I think I have a chemistry with, starting from the threshold of the stories. That I can feel sympathetic with what happen with the lead characters, or even hate them for what they’ve done hehe. But I know that I enjoy more reading my favorite genres hehe.And I still like comics, like Paman Gober, and mangas. It’s been a part of me, been the companions of mine in growing up. I still cannot let them go (okay, it’s too dramatic).
4. How often do you buy books?
Hmmm… as often as I breath lol no, kidding! Basically, I am an impulsive buyer. If I found interesting books, no matter how much money I got in my savings, I would end up buying them, even when I do not plan to in the beginning. Sometimes I end up buying books and dropping my previous plan to buy other more important stuffs lol. I have a funny story about this.
When I was in junior high school, I located most of my pocket money to buy fiction books rather than to buy school utensils like eraser, type-x. I borrowed those stuffs from my table mate without any knowledge that she’s annoyed. At a certain point, she told one of our peer group that she couldn’t take it anymore and she thought I had spent my money too much on books that I couldn’t buy school stuffs. That friend of ours then told me this, which successfully annoyed me yet made me reflect. Lol. At the end, I bought my own eraser and type-x. But I don’t think I stop buying books too often lol.
But after being an unemployed for months , I’ve tried so hard to restrain the desire to buy any books in the book stores. It’s not that my parents stop giving me pocket money, but I just realize the value of money and how it can increase if I save them more than spend them. And the more I grow up, the more I learn that I should make a priority to handle my money wisely. Not to mention there have been too many books in my room I am confused of how to organize them. And not to mention again, many of them I haven’t managed to read. Yeah, I think it’s like a common sickness among book readers lol.
5. How did you get into book-blogging?
I came to jump to one of my Facebook friend’s blog, who happened to join a reading challenge of Ren’s Little Corner. I was amused that there are actually many bloggers who review books, share and talk about them. I find it so hard to find friends to talk about books I have read, especially the genres I like most. So I think book-blogging is a good medium for me to pour out what’s on my mind about the books I have read, and persuade whoever read the review to read or not to.
PS : I’m not purely book-blogging. I share stories I wrote here too. Hehe. Just click the navigation’s Story List to see my master pieces (but only available in Bahasa Indonesia).
Hmm… of course it annoys me, pisses me off. Then I grumble why the author created such ending that I keep thinking about it. I’m gonna be feeling a hang-over, and wish more.
Yeah, either I favor the ending or don’t, I’ll be thinking about it the whole day.
7. How often have you taken a sneaky look at the back of the page to see if it’s a happy ending?
I had done that for twice, thrice? I can’t remember, but not often. Mostly it happens when I read a tragic story. I can’t bear to read the situations without thinking and hoping the characters will end up getting their happiness.
8. How many people are you going to tag, and who are they?