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reading amidst the chaos

April 8, 2012

I got the Kindle app on my iPhone and it changed everything. (I’m telling you, the iPhone changed my life.)

As a traveler (both in the city and around the world– it’s much easier to read when I have access to my books all the time). I travel on the subway at least 2-4 hours a week which means I can read! Yes, I prefer the real deal. I like to mark up my books and feel the pages and smell the freshly printed pages. But, that’s just not an option when I am constantly on the move.

Back in the Fall, I decided to read some books~ I hadn’t read for pleasure in a while and quite frankly, I’m not sure that my schedule could afford the time to add some free reading. But, it was a way to escape all my grad school work (3 classes!!!) on top of working full time as a teacher! Yah, it was madness! Call me crazy~ haha but I needed some way to relax… so I read books amidst the chaos.

Grad School Madness! Working Hard!

I had dropped out of the Book Club at school, so I decided that I would read something else.

The first book I stumbled across was The Help… and it was absolutely amazing…and the movie was very well done ~ Semy and I went after grad class one weekend. And because I already knew all the characters and was so emotionally invested in the story, I cried all the way through the film. I know… but really… it’s soooo good!

So after reading The Help, I came across some books that were being passed around… The Hunger Games? What’s that?

My friend, Brian, loved them! He got Melody to read them and she got me to read them~ once I started I couldn’t stop! It was my guilty pleasure… I would come home from work (when I should have been doing grad school– but was so overwhelmed that I would just read)– I’d go to  The Fry Pan (one of my favorite restaurants in Korea) and then I would come home with my chicken and read for a few hours before forcing myself to stop and do my grad homework and project document.

Well, I am not the fastest reader (but I love reading a good book!) and I have this bad habit of either reading several books at once or picking up a book and not finishing it. So the point I’m trying to make– I read ALL three Hunger Games books within a week and a half! I couldn’t stop reading them! I was so into the books that I even had an intense dream that my coworkers and I were in the Hunger Games in Seoul~ we were forming alliances and everything… haha ….pathetic, I know.

Once the film came to Korea, a huge group of us went to the theater to see it. Most of us had read the books and were so eager to see the film. Mona brought a bow and arrow for me and several of us wore our Katniss braids. We were not disappointed!

The Hunger Games group

"May the odds ever be in your favor."

Shelly said, "You are Dyanniss." She made me pose for this picture~ and she was my hair stylist. =)

Even Katy braided her hair ^^

Shortly after The Hunger Games I was encouraged to read Ender’s Game. Now, I think it wasn’t fair that I was told that if I liked The Hunger Games then I would like Ender’s Game because that made me think it would be similar… and it totally wasn’t!

Ender’s Game was brilliant! But because I was so engulfed in the Games, it took me a long time to get into the book, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down.

Over Christmas I wanted some mindless reads, so I picked up some Nicholas Sparks books that were laying around my parents’ house. I don’t even remember the titles. But they were okay. Nothing to talk about though. But I did read a great one: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. I think that this book particularly touched me because of the Asian culture and the love story was between a Chinese boy and Japanese girl. My step-grandma is Japanese and I just felt like I could relate to the characters and their story. It reminded me of my grandparents.

Recently, for grad school I had to read a book called The Ascent of  a Leader. What a challenging book~ it’s a great read for a devotional…. and definitely a book to read if you are a leader or are aspiring to be a leader in some capacity.

What are you reading? What books would you recommend? I’ve got a few on my list… but I’m always open to suggestions.

Happy reading!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. jee young permalink
    April 8, 2012 1:47 pm

    Ahh..love the photos..I’m totally stealing the group shot that you have of us!! I hope you don’t mind…Hmm…I just started reading the Steve Jobs biography..it is actually really interesting! You should totally read it after you read Cold Tangerines! Her second book, Bittersweet is also really good 🙂

  2. April 8, 2012 10:06 pm

    thanks jee young! i just bought cold tangerines on my kindle… hope to read it soon! i was wondering if his biography was good…. i might have to check it out~

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