Books are good companions when one is alone. They are easy to carry and store. I cannot remember the last time I read a good book. It must have been like one decade ago. I cannot even remember the title of that book anymore.
Whenever Wuan and I go shopping, we would invariably be drawn into bookshops, mostly to browse. Coffee table books have the nicest photographs. These are a delightfully pleasing not only to the eyes but to the mind as well. We also like books on flowers, gardening and recipes.
We were shopping at the Bukit Jambul Shopping Complex when the Popular Book Store beckoned. Wuan had wanted to get the Nonya Flavours cookbook which features a mouth-watering array of the most delicious Peranakan food. These recipes are the amalgamation of inter-marriages between early-Chinese settlers and Malay women in the Malay Peninsula, namely the Straits Settlements of Penang, Malacca and Singapore. It was going for a 20% discount. So she grabbed it. Wena blogged about that book here.
Then Wuan came across some books by Ernest Hemingway. I have never read any of his works and it was selling at 70% off the list price. The bargain suckers that we were, we took two ? The First Forty-Nine Stories and For Whom the Bell Tolls. The three books have been lying on my sofa for more than one week now. If only I can peel myself off the computer and begin reading.