I only started reading books as a hobby in 2012, just after college. I hated reading before, especially when teachers and professors make us read tons of papers. It was like . . . I grew tired of comprehending (my EQ and logic grades in psych exams were way higher than my reading comprehension). Maybe because I was judged so bad at reading R. L. Stine books than J. K. Rowling’s during elementary. It was only when I read The Little Prince while waiting for my tutee and when a colleague recommended Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe that my love for reading reignited.
This was where I started buying books on impulse.
When I go to bookstores, I look for books with good covers, those with minimal art. (Yes, sorry, I am an Aquarius in disguise but a Capricorn by heart, judging books by their covers.) Then, I read the blurb at the back. If the plot seems interesting, I will buy the book without looking at the price. But when I would start reading, the first chapter—or, worse, the first page—would fail to catch my attention. Finishing the book would then feel like a chore, just like my college readings.
My collection of to-read and have-read books piled up, occupying my small room. I listed some on my Carousell account; others, I gave them away. Somehow I was able to detach myself from them, realizing that they were sitting on my shelf for several years already and someone might want them for a cheaper price. I retained my favorite books on my small shelf though, as these are the books I might want to reread from time to time.
This attitude of mine has been existing even before the rise of Marie Kondo. I would end up giving away the things I haven’t used for a year. On my Instagram account, you’d see that I repeat clothes in my closet and refuse to buy new outfits even for special occasions. But for books—even for the ones I didn’t like so much—it was hard.
This is my issue: I would want to be able to choose a book and finish reading it. I also considered going paperless as much as possible, hence the search for the best ebook platform. Research led me to Amazon Kindle.
What I loved Amazon Kindle is it lets me read samples of the book. I put a lot into my library and already read and removed books because of this feature. The first five paragraphs are crucial to me. If it doesn’t catch my attention that early, I would stop reading. After around five samples, I had my first purchase: You, Me, U.S. by Brigitte Bautista, which I am discussing in my next blog.
No regrets. If I buy a printed book even after I bought its ebook, then it says so much about the story. Now my goal is to read one book per month and not to spend all my money there. Abangan.