Love of Literature

A little bit more about me.

I love literature. I’ve never studied it formally but reading has been a major part of my life. It transports me to different lives in other parts of the world or even other worlds.

Through reading, I learn so much about human interactions and thought processes and soon became interested in how the words string together to convey such vivid pictures.

Having that awareness has certainly increased my sense of empathy, which is a huge factor in my going vegan and caring about the world around me.

I’ve dabbled in writing stories in school but somehow I didn’t really continue independently. I guess it was a mixture of lack of confidence in my abilities, not knowing what exactly to write about as well as the mechanics, not believing that my thoughts matter, and simply not putting in the effort.

Instead, I kept writing random ~1,000-word articles in past personal blogs and hid most of my thoughts in my diary.

I hope to change that.

5 books that changed my life

Here I’d like to share the books which messages have stayed with me and have significantly impacted my life.

  1. The Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene – I religiously read this series growing up in my primary/pre-teen years as I found detective stories to be so intriguing.
  2. Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke – I watched the movie when it came out when I was about 14. Then I read the books, which practically sealed my love for writing.
  3. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen – this was one of my first if not the first introduction to classics in my mid-teens, and I was instantly attracted mostly due to the complexity and beauty of the language used unlike in current times.
  4. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami – it took me one year to finish this mammoth of a book when I was about 18, but it certainly shifted my perspective of the world in the sense that it’s not so black and white.
  5. The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry – unlike the rest, this is a non-fiction book that I’ve just read in July 2018. This came at an opportune time when I’m starting to consider my career as a creative seriously.

Ironic enough, I haven’t read any (non-fiction) books related to veganism or the environment. I have a few on my to-be-read pile, so I should read and blog about them soon!

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