Soliloki

Prosaic soliloquies performed by a quixotic person

The Kick-off

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[Photo: My newly-acquired books, A Tale of Two Cities and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn]

I was pondering what to have for lunch today when I was *ding!* struck by an idea to find a copy of The Grapes of Wrath at The Spring’s MPH bookshop during my lunch break. A brilliant idea it was, because I could finally get a good reading-starter for my book campaign and at the same time buy my lunch and get out of the humdrum office for a moment. So drove to The Spring, I did. Alas, the journey from the office to the mall and back to the office wasn’t like a walk in the park. It was a hardship. Almost.

You see, going out for a shopping and a lunch during the peak period needs a comprehensive plan ahead of time. You need to think of which road shortcuts to use so you would not get caught in the heavy traffic; where to head to first once you are in the mall so you would not feel all confused and hassled; and how much time to be allocated for book-shopping, eating lunch and driving to and fro between the office and the mall so you could eventually return to the office in good time. Gotta plan the whole lot, you know. But I’m not a planner by nature, and Spontaneity is the name of the blood that runs through my veins. I make up plans as I go. That’s my modus operandi. Surprisingly, even without any plan today, I still managed just fine (barely) when battling through the traffic, finding a good parking spot, looking for a book, buying a lunch, enduring the traffic again when returning back to the office, AND gobbling KFC’s Cheesy Potato Wedges down my throat while steering the wheel with one hand (oh, how I wished the world had witnessed this--the art of multi-tasking at its finest). All that in ten minutes. OK, five times of ten minutes, to be exact. But hey, still not bad for a spur-of-the-moment shopping record, oui?

Yes, it was a grand adventure today; only too bad that I couldn’t find a single copy of that book written by John Steinbeck. Good news was, I did found RM9.90-a-piece HarperCollins books in the Classic section when I was on the verge of leaving the bookshop. Boy, nothing caught my eyes like those under-RM10 books did. I grabbed two of those straight away. ‘Grabbed’ being the operative word since the price was oh-so-pocket-friendly-la-di-da (that’s just as well since I need to monitor my personal economic health very closely) and besides, I was very intent on getting out of the bookshop with at least a book in my hand (after paying, of course).

And now, I’m happy to announce that my book campaign has officially kicked-off.

Written by SZA

5 January 2011 at 10:34 PM

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  1. hey,

    found your post on my blog entry

    tale of two cities by dickens. i love his characters although had only read tale of two cities, oliver twist and christmas carol.

    for classics, my favorite has to be les miserables (translated) by victor hugo. it is a tad long-ish but it really show the contrast between what good and evil we can accomplish.

    Azuar

    13 March 2011 at 3:32 PM

    • Hey, Azuar. Yeah, yeah, I have been hearing positive raves about Les Miserables. But, hm…I am just not too sure if I am going to read the book anytime soon. I mean, I barely even read more than ten pages of Huckleberry Finn (ha, so much for showing a can-do attitude when starting the reading project) ’cause now, I am craving for non-intellectual books. Simple plots, happy endings, lots of pictures. But, hopefully one day I get to read Les Mis. I am sure it might be interesting after reading your review about it. Thanks.

      Sharifah

      18 March 2011 at 7:38 PM

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