My first memory of learning to read was the “Peter and Jane” series, which we did during library period. We were each asked to read a book based on the level of our reading skills – 1A, 2A, and so on until 12C. I remember getting to the last book in the series, after which I simply looked up at my teacher and asked, so what do I read next?
My next reading memory was when I discovered the National Library of Malaysia. We could borrow three books at a time, for three weeks. I was only allowed into the children’s section, because I was still under 12, and there weren’t that many books suitable for someone aged 9. I settled with Nancy Drew. I stopped visiting the library when I ran out of Nancy Drew books to borrow.
My high school years were spent reading and rereading the few books I had at home. I read them so many times, I could sing the Oompa-Loompa songs and remember exactly what each character said during any given part of the story. Because I knew all five books by heart, and each so different from the other, I also learned to tell that some books are just not compatible with some moods. I learned that how I’m feeling dictates the kind of book I should be reading.
My reading life took a hiatus for a long while after that. Moving to a new country and attempting to complete a degree course in architecture can throw a lot of spanners into the works. Towards the tail-end of my tertiary education, I rediscovered the magic of libraries, and with it, the beauty of blogging.
My move back to Malaysia meant I no longer had access to those wonderful wonderful books. But it also meant that I could start buying books to fill my own shelves. Work got in the way of the actual consumption of said bought books, and for years I let that be a valid excuse to why I was no longer reading as much as I would like. Not anymore. Not since I realised that I read, not because I have nothing else to do, but because I want and need to.
My name is Michelle Yoon.
It’s a pleasure to meet you Michelle. This is a nice blog you have here 🙂
I really like your blog a lot. I have added you to my blogs I follow list and am honored to be listed on your blog. I am very into the Japanese Challenge and look forward to your review.
This is a really great blog. Your reviews are thoughtful and interesting as are your choice of books. And I love Malaysian food!
First great blog! I really enjoy the way you write! I read on another blog you had an actual complete electronic copy of Hear The Wind Sing and was wondering if I could please get a copy from you? I just finished A Wild Sheep Chase not even knowing of the existence of these two other books – then to discover to buy them you had to be wealthy really made me sad. The electronic copies of Pinball I found were all 81 pages is this complete? Thank you in advance.
@ Charlespoet: Thanks for visiting. I wish I could give you good news about Hear the Wind Sing, but alas, I lost my copy of it when my computer crashed a while ago. I’ve been trying to relocate it ever since, but I can’t seem to find it anymore. If I do find it at any time, I’ll definitely email you a copy, or forward the link to you.
About Pinball, I believe the copy you have is a complete one.
I think I sent you an email about this but in case I did not. Richard Brautigan’s book “So The Wind Wont Blow It All(?) Away” I think you’d really enjoy! IT is one of my favorites!!!!!! That and Bukowski’s “Ham On Rye”.
@ Charlespoet: I don’t think I received your email, but that’s for the recommendations. I’ll look it up… sometime after I’ve gotten through at least half of the pile of library books sitting there on my shelf.. =)
Hi, Michelle — I’ve been looking at your back-entries, and I love your books, your reading. [Yes, I felt a little antsy when your Random-ized your TBR; I wanted you to read Lionel Shriver, haha.]
Thanks for the “Honest Scrap”–no one’s ever given me a meme before, haha.
Looking forward to reading more with you. 🙂
@ Sasha: Thanks for coming by and loving my reading. =) I’ll get to that Lionel Shriver. I will. Do drop by some more.
I like your blog name, very meaningful 🙂
Greetings from the City of Reading, UK. I am a proud reading Malaysian too! What a serendipity!
if you need to read romance, please try Lionel Shriver’s “Post-birthday Girl” and Niffenegger’s Time traveller’s wife (haven’t search your blog, but you might have already read this). Otherwise, romance is not my preferred genre. Neither does sci-fi, fantasy or YA.
I am into Japanese and Chinese literature too.
Hope you already got a job by the time you read this! Good luck!
Always good to meet a fellow Malaysian on the internet. =)
I have The Post-Birthday World waiting for me on the shelves, and Niffenegger’s book in audio version as well. I’ll try start on them soon.
Japanese and Chinese literature are awesome.
Thanks for wishing me luck. I’m afraid I’m going to need it..
I stumbled upon your blog and I love it! 🙂 I’ve only recently started keeping a separate book blog too: rainbowrama.vox.com
Thanks for stopping by. =) I’ll come visit you soon.
I stumbled on you from another blog.. Nice writing there:)
I have a book blog too..
Thanks for dropping by! Maybe if you left a link to your book blog, I might come visit you some time. =)
I too found your blog by link surfing from other book blogs, and think your writing is great. I’m envious of how fast you seem to read!
I almost didn’t comment, but when I read on this page that you’re a recent arch grad (like myself), I wanted to say hi!
Thanks for dropping me a comment. And such a kind one too. =)
Do leave me your thoughts on what I write about the books. I like sharing.
Hi Michelle! I found your blog by accident via a comment you left at another blog. It’s nice to ‘meet’ a fellow Malaysian book blogger! 🙂 I’m a new subscriber to your blog.
I stumbled on your blog while doing a search for Kickboxing Geisha. I totally got your ambivalence toward that book. I like your blog and your writing style. Will follow!