What shall I read?

I love reading. However, I am very selective on what I read and which language, particularly bedtime readings. I love mysteries with a happy ending in my mother language. I enjoy reading stories. I think it is my hobby.

Reading is a way for me to expand my mind, open my eyes, and fill up my heart.

Oprah Winfrey

I believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.

J.K. Rowling

Few days ago, I’ve been suggested to read a book that is necessary to guide my research. My immediate reaction was to avoid reading it as long as I can. Part of me know that I need to read it to fully grasp its profound descriptions. Another part of me wanted to skip it.

I need to read a book called “Being and time” by Martin Heidegger. I tried to read it before, but gave up after trying for three nights. My supervisor said “it’s a good book for bedtime reading” and I replied “yes. I agree. It’s a great book to put me to sleep and I can’t even last for a page.” For me, it is a philosophy textbook without any illustration. Although it has been translated to English from German, it is still written in another language. It’s almost like I need to learn a new language to understand it. This doesn’t mean that if this book was translated or written in my mother language, I will have better understand it. It’s a philosophy book.

The worst mistake you can make is to give up on yourself and stop challenging yourself for fear of failure.

Keep moving forward with a firm eye on the future, telling yourself, “I’ll start from today!”

“I’ll start afresh from now, from this moment!”

Daisaku Ikeda

My supervisor suggestion few critical sections to read. From there, a strategy I have employed is a section a time. When I started to read it this morning, I still felt it’s not a bedtime reading book because I really need to immerse in that reading. Actually, I was quite surprise this morning that I was able to read a section without too much extra effort.

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…

The man who never reads lives only one.

George R.R. Martin

Alright. Now, I am determined to read “Being and Time” as much as can and allow it to take me to wherever it needs to take me to. I will embrace that journey as much as I can.

Are you a reader?
What are you reading to fill your heart?
Where is that book leading you to?

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