Monday, November 30, 2009

Reading a novel

Yeah. Things are that bad. Can't remember the last time I made an attempt. High school perhaps. Never been a reader. Which is a funny thing because they used to call me bookworm in primary school. Didn't understood where they got that from. All I lived for then was football, and whatever other games were in season.

There was this one time this chic really surprised me. We were meant to be rehearsing a song for some thing and she was in charge. Girls were always in charge. Anyway, me and another guy were playing football at the far end of the room or hall or whatever. With a bottle top. She got all cross at some point. Something about our lack of seriousness and how immature we were. I was a bit pained, in between the feelings of shock at her tirade. But I quickly concluded that if being mature meant I couldn't play around with a pekelee, I wasn't interested.

And when the Hardy Boys bug hit around the same time people were "maturing", I missed out. It took me an eternity to read through one of them mysteries, the times I tried. Couldn't understand how other people finished them so fast. And it's been the same ever since. The fatter the book, the more terrifying. The more likely I was not to get past page 10, or whatever I'd managed in the first sitting. I scraped through high school literature without once reading Mine Boy or Shamba la Wanyama from cover to cover. I just couldn't do it.

But now I'm attempting to read. Why? To stave off alzheimer's. It seems the older you get, the more things you do out of requirement, rather than really wanting to. You run around to keep the diabetes at bay and the like. So if it's not this novel, it's crosswords. Or sudoku. Shudder.

8 Comments:

Blogger aJamaa said...

So what you reading? If you make it a habit let me know. I have a few books I think you would enjoy reading.

Thursday, December 03, 2009 1:47:00 PM  
Blogger Kamikaze said...

aJamaa, ati what books? Alexander? Trust me Sam, don't take that guy's books.

Thursday, December 03, 2009 2:13:00 PM  
Blogger 0.5 said...

We are going in opposite directions ..used to read voraciously ...including all three volumes of said Alexander. Now I rarely read. TV series junkie.

Thursday, December 03, 2009 6:53:00 PM  
Blogger Samborera said...

Tom Clancy's Op-Center. Yet to have a second sitting with the book so there's little threat of this becoming a habit.

Saturday, December 05, 2009 7:31:00 PM  
Blogger 0.5 said...

Tom Clancy's op-center. Now am really impressed! Have read most of his other titles except the op-center ones. Started with the crisp and fast paced 'Hunt for Red October' and on to massive snail-paced volumes like the 'Bear and the Dragon' and 'Rainbow Six' .. where the plot often got lost in technical details .....lost faith in the guy.

Can I borrow that one after you are done with it?

Saturday, December 05, 2009 11:35:00 PM  
Blogger Samborera said...

Borrow you can. In fact, there's a room full of the stuff. Archer, Clancy, Grisham, but you'll likely have read them all already. You can come over one of these days and have a look.

Monday, December 07, 2009 4:08:00 PM  
Blogger Kamikaze said...

I shall also come over. Always on the lookout for a good book. I have a few stashed somewhere. We can start a book club.

Monday, December 07, 2009 4:12:00 PM  
Blogger Samborera said...

Ease the excitement!

Monday, December 07, 2009 4:21:00 PM  

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