Thursday, December 4, 2008

First draft- Reading

Waking up from the sleep, I looked around the room and sigh deeply. My sister again did not turn off the lights. What a pain. Sitting down on the bed and I started to look for my phone but it is now here to be seen. Then my eyes fall on the books on the table. Grinning stupidly, I opened the books and flipped through it. It looked like I slept on the book again. I put the book aside and started to lie down on the bed again. Before this, I would never read any thick books before I sleep. Recently it started to change.

I still remember, during my childhood, I did not like reading. I only read when examination is coming. That’s all. I did not find any pleasure in reading books. Moreover, it is very difficult to get books that could arouse my interest. My mother did buy books for me. It works only for a moment before I throw the books anywhere. Hate it because it is such a common story. (Sorry mom!). It is about fairy tales, legendary and many more. Even when I was in the school, I did not go to the library. I can count with my fingers how many times I borrowed the books and read it.

But it started to change when I’m in standard 4. I started to love reading. Well, not reading the books….but reading the comics. I did not remember how did it start. But I know my younger brothers influenced me in reading comic and I enjoyed it very much. I still remembered, every month I will save my money to buy it. I even co-operated with my younger brothers to buy comics. Each of us will buy different comics that it are interesting. Then the three of us will exchange it. Oh…how fun when thinking about it again.

Then, my parents discovered and got angry. One of my beloved comics was tear out by my father and was thrown into a fire. I was crying that time when my father did that and I hate him so much. However, that did not make us stop from buying comics on the next months. Well, I’m a bit stubborn and did not care what will happened if my father discovered with it. This time, my brothers and I planned to buy it secretively. Well, it worked and we kept all the books in secret place after all. My mother nagged to me all the time when she found out that I read comics. Even until now. She said that comic would make my language become worse. Well, I have to admit that my language become worse. That is why I did not get any A’s with language subjects. Even with my own native language subjects. What to do! I love comics more than I love the subjects.

I used to try reading any books. But it did not work. From magazine to novels, I did not find it appealing enough. Maybe none of them is really my type. Plus, I have a minded where any thick books with long words is not fun. When I was in matriculation, I still did not stop reading comics. There, I met a friend who also love comics just like me. We shared lot comics and talked about it.
One day, she introduced me to an English novel. A very thick one. I still remembered the title, The Pirate and The Pagan written by Virginia Henley. She said that it is very interesting and suggested it to me. At first, I did not read the books. Well, my English is bad and the books is too thick to be read. Plus, it pains me a lot to open the dictionary if I did not understand the words. Looking at my friend’s face, I accepted it because I did not want to hurt her. At first, I just ignored the books. But later I read it since I was really bored. Amazingly, I found out that books was interesting and managed to finish it within 5 days. I did not even go to sleep just to finish it. That was the first English novel that I ever read.

When I entered university, I started to read English books. Although I did not read it everyday, but I started to love it. I borrowed books from my friends. For the moment, I started to read the thin one. It’s not I did not have any gut to read the thick one, I did not find any thick ones that is interesting for me. So I asked my friends who love reading and they suggested a few good and enjoyable books. Since than, I’m quite addicted reading English novel. Besides, comics started to disappear from my life. This maybe because I’m getting old each day and did not find amusing already reading those. I still read it, it just it is not as frequent as before.

Thinking deeply now, reading has become a part of my life. Starting from comics, to English novel, I found reading is a good way to enjoy my free time. I love it especially when I easily got absorb into the books and did not realize that the time has been past quickly. Although sometime I have troubles in understanding certain words, it become easily, understand when I read it deeply. Plus, I takes time in reading a book since I read word to word. What to do..that is my style after all. Anyhow, no matter how long I takes to read, how choosy am I selecting books, I love reading.


onekyh said...

First of all, there are grammatical errors esp between the use of present tense and past tense. such as "But it started to change when I’m in standard 4" should be "I was in standard 4". Maybe you should review them.

I used to try reading any books- maybe "any" should be "varied".

"Plus, I have a minded".. minded is a suffix should be use such as strong-minded.

Some of the sentences are direct translation from bm to bi.

The organization of your points are good and the paragraphs are balanced.

babysbreath said...

u might wanna check some of ur sentences. The words are not organized due to direct translation.

yagami said...

There are certain grammatical errors that you should check particulary regarding your past tense and present tense. There are also some grammatical errors in subject verb agreement such as:
"I met a friend who also love comics..."
should be also loves comics

For this sentence maybe u should rephrase it as:
I have a minded where any thick books with long words is not fun

"I have a perception that thick books are not interesting"

In my opinion the word fun is used when you describe activities so that's why I suggest that you change it to interesting.

lupikirlah sendiri said...

It is now here to be seen? Sigh? Was tear out? How fun? What will happened? Did not find amusing? These are some of the mistakes that I think u shud do something abt it, wat d ya think? For me sometimes mistakes can really make me lose interest while reading, u know wat I mean ek ..but overall ur essay is gorgeous cos it talks abt reading, ur into is interesting cos I think it's a story, well it's a story of ur life wit books. Overall ur essay is good, and u may consider giving it something to even impress and open the eyes of the readers, ok keep up the good work!!

onekyh said...

my draft, this is my response due to your questions:

wow2.. quite controversial.. hehe dat means my first attempt to make you all feel puzzled is a success. First of all, I agree that I did not explain much on the characters which make all of u r quite confused.

As for lupikirlah sendiri, at first u r the most puzzled person here because of ur expectation. You already expect that I write about my own experience. Well, for me dat is ur mistake. You should'nt expect but read first before u expect any better from me. The title itself does not have anything to do with me.

As for hanmie, yes, i did it in different points of view, and I'm glad that you noticed that. Ok, the first and a few last paragraphs are in present tense because they happen at the same time. While in the middle is a flashback. Happen before now.

Thanx for all of your comment. I'll try to improve in my second draft.