addendum: when in a world of discontent, immerse in reading

i failed to mention two other books i finished from july this year.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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i’d probably place this after Magical Thinking. i typically like works permeated with existential themes, especially those that freely use philosophy as its groundwork, but perhaps because it had taken me so long to buy then finally read this book, and so many praises have been sung to me about it by my peers, the reading experience somehow turned lackluster and anti-climactic.

otherwise, i would have liked it very much.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
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i have to rank it beneath Unbearable Lightness. the concept is spectacular, the storytelling is superb, but the theme doesn’t exactly hit home for me right now. perhaps if i were in my younger state of mind and feeling insecure about so many things, i would have preferred it over any of the other books i read this year.

preference relies so much on timing. 

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2 Responses to “addendum: when in a world of discontent, immerse in reading”


  1. 1 banzai cat September 25, 2007 at 9:43 am

    Funny enough, despite the popularity of Maguire, I cannot finish reading my copy of Wicked. And you’ve picked the right choice of words: while reading, it didn’t hit home for me also and I have no idea why. *shrugs*

    I sometimes wonder if the incidence of preference and timing can be studied such that we can read the right books at the right time, thus not wasting a single purchase.

  2. 2 cat with the fiddle September 25, 2007 at 9:52 am

    hi banzai cat,

    yeah, there must be a way to study the incidence of preference and timing so they always coincide when we’re in a bookstore.

    i will be giving it much thought from now on… you just gave me something to work on 😀


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