Personal No. 3


When my friends (who are so lovely for knowing well that I like books) ask me to go to the Book Fair, and I am like… here are the list of books I have been reading, have wished I had time to read and want to read:

  1. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy (half way through for a year)
  2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling (would be faster if I were 8 again)
  3. Philosophy in Minutes – Marcus Weeks (bit by bit until I forgot I had it there on my table)
  4. Basic Writings of Martin Heidegger (given up at some point, too complicated)
  5. De Profundis – Oscar Wilde (impossible to finish at one time, emotions overloaded)
  6. The Economist’s special issue: The World in 2017 (stressed – felt like changing the world – realised I did not even have time to sleep – stressed again – stopped)
  7. กรอบ – สิตางสุภา (mum wanted her short stories rewritten in English, but they were too dark for me to read… sorry mum!)
  8. Candide – Voltaire (on top of the list to finish when not too tired after work)
  9. มายาคติ – โรล็องด์ บาร์ตส์ (currently reading)
  10. Waterloo – Victor Hugo (stopped after trying to understand some military strategies)
  11. ปากไก่และใบเรือ – นิธิ เอี่ยวศรีวงศ์ (too heavy to carry around, a lot of background knowledge needed)
  12. The Sonnets – William Shakespeare (well, currently reading too)
  13. ชาตินิยมในแบบเรียนไทย – สุเนตร ชุติ ธรานนท์ และคณะ (not so easy to switch my brain both between languages and fields of thought at the same time)
  14. 1984 – George Orwell (too much brain needed, could not make it to be just a reading for pleasure)
  15. A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking (there on my table for a couple months)
  16. The Professor – Charlotte Brontë (same as above)
  17. Villette – Charlotte Brontë (same as above)
  18. สี่แผ่นดิน – หม่อมราชวงศ์คึกฤทธิ์ ปราโมช (still feel ashamed for not reading yet)
  19. ทวิภพ – ทมยันตี (would approach its context more but would start when I do not feel this sick of love stories)
  20. Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust (would like to buy and start, but hey isn’t it too thick?)
  21. Power and Knowledge – Michel Foucault (will read when my works become less stressful)
  22. The Imaginary – Jean-Paul Sartre (same as above)

So on and so forth.

Do I still need to go to the Book Fair, buddy?

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