Back To Paperbacks

After that fateful meeting with Jiwa Rasa, it got me thinking. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Since I started blogging, I hardly read books anymore. Nevermind that I have a stack of bestsellers in my apartment in Penang that I got at a bargain and has been collecting dust for a couple of years already. Back in the early days, reading blogs was fun. Bloggers blogged then because they had a story to tell. Now, I would be hard pressed to find a blog that could entice me to go back for more.

I want to get back to the habit of reading again, not blogs but paperbacks. There is a sense of pleasure and mystery in holding a book, smelling the sometimes overpowering scent of pulp and the sensuality in turning the pages one after another. First things first, I am going to finish Tuesdays with Morrie, that is if I remember where I put it. I was halfway through when, somehow, other things took priority over it, and I lost the momentum to continue reading.

After I am done with that book, I would love to read stories written in Bahasa Malaysia. That is one of the only two languages that I am able to read and it has been the longest time since I read a book in that language. It would be such a waste to allow my linguistic skills in the national language slowly rot away. Jiwa Rasa, any suggestion?

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

6 thoughts on “Back To Paperbacks”

  1. if u want, i can borrow the tue with morrie to u.

    Thank you. I have it somewhere here. I need to go look for it.

  2. Hi Pete,

    I’ve read Tuesdays With Morrie out of curiosity as the book was on the top selling list for weeks.

    If you are looking at good books in Bahasa Malaysia, may I suggest that you visit

    This online bookstore is owned and managed by a local writer, Nisah Haron. She is a lawyer who take up writing and selling books online as her full-time jobs. You can also write to her if you want to find books not listed on the site.

    May I `welcome you back’ to paperbacks with open arms!! Cheers.

  3. Book was a good read,pity it was too short.Finished it in less than a day.You keep wanting to know more.

    It is a good read indeed but I am a slow reader. Eyesight not too good too. This is one book I know I will reread a few more times.

  4. I read Morrie too. In plain language, simple, direct, and can never get any better than that! Haha!

    Hey, is MY blog a turn off too?

  5. Hi Peter, Tuesdays with Morrie was a good read. I remebered reading a book when I was in high school. Just to check, have you read any or all the Harry Potter series? If yes, then yeay…. If not, I would seriously recommend that you do. I have them all, I can lent them to you when I get back. Have funn reading.

    Thank you for the offer. 😀

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