I haven’t asked anyone, actually, but I’m pretty sure if I did, most people who read a lot have a slow reading list and a fast reading list.
My fast reading list comprises of books I read more or less everyday. The slow ones are the books I take my time with. And yes, I actually intend to finish them.
There’s also the again and again reading list which I will probably cover in another post. That one’s self-explanatory.
This season, the books I am trudging my (happy) way through are Le Petit Nicolas by Sempervivum Goscinny, The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.
Le Petit Nicolas: I have been learning French since mid 2015. Not because I am particularly a lover of Paris (granted, it was gorgeous), but because I was headed to spend the first half of 2016 in New Brunswick, Canada. Although I ended up not speaking French there at all- I overestimated NB, I only needed to prepare had I been going to Quebec- I did have ample opportunity to practice reading it. Ever since then, I have been trying to continue self-learning French by reading anything with French that falls into my hands. Brochures, the sides of boxes, etc. Le Petit Nicolas is a treat to myself, and hopefully, a boost to my French education.
I found this book out through googling- not the best way but I needed to start somewhere. So far, it has been light-hearted and not intimidating. It is challenging enough for my level- I still need to regularly flip through the dictionary- yet not so difficult that I find myself learning nothing. It is also actually interesting enough to make me want to continue reading.
The Elegant Universe: I’ve always coveted the mouthwatering array of astronomy books at Kinokuniya. Yet, because of the prices and my inability to choose, I have never bought one. Come last Christmas, when I received a Kino voucher from my sister, I immediately knew what I was going to spend it on.
Astronomy has been a pet love of mine since I was 6 years old. I’ve barely started reading this book. But from what I have read so far, it purports to explain string theory and how it ties quantum mechanics and the theory of general relativity together. I can’t wait for a good time to start devouring it; it sounds simply divine.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: My slow-moving migration towards minimalism began at the start of 2017. Living with 6 people in an apartment means I have very little personal space. As I grow older, I value how I use that space a lot more.
I heard about this popular book around that time. I never bought it till last year’s black Monday sale. Kondo, or KonMari as they’d say in Japan, teaches a revolutionary way of maintaining tidiness and cleanliness category-by-category. So far, I have only applied her method to my clothes, and it has worked. Which means I will definitely be finishing this book.
I’m also reading several other non-fiction books, but these three definitely feature up top for favourites at the moment.