Buying but not reading, yet

Is it a bad habit, buying piles of books, but just put them as display? That is my current habit. I use some of them for my dissertation, but not that much. I just take a few lines for quotation, that’s it.

Since I am here in the UK, to be honest, I have never finished reading any single book from cover to cover. What I did was just skimming through the pages, and read only small part of it. Huhuhu

The Present

My new habit. huhuhu

Why does this immoral act happen? Firstly, maybe I tend to only read what is meaningful to me. Maybe some of the books that I bought are interesting, but they may not appeal to my interest yet. The time will come when these books might seduce me, making me want to eat them. I guess, that’s what usually happens to me. However, the source is usually comes from the internet, not from my collection. It is because my collection is tiny compared to the huge amount of sources in the net. Huhuhu..

Some may say that ‘why do I need to buy those books as I can read about the theme on the net or I can borrow some in the library’. I think, perhaps, they have missed the plot. My pleasure is not on reading those books, but more to buying those books. The sense of authority that I feel when those books are in front of me is just blissful. It is simple, yet a bit complicated. I do go to the library just to make myself feel at ease, nothing more than that, as a lot of my friends talk about stuff in the library. Grab a few books and that’s all. huhuhu..

The Past

Alam Perwira: Hikmat Alam Semesta >>> Api syurga meragut lalang.. huhuhu..

In the past, I have experienced the time when I read a lot (a lot for me, so don’t compare it with other taikos). I read books mainly novels and comics, even subscribed some of them. Some of them are nonsense such as Tony Wong’s comics and some of them are pretty informative stuff. But that’s not the main point, as long as I read something, that’s more than enough, for the time being.

Then, the theme of books that I read changed toward more educational pieces (was it?). Although it is not that educational, but there was progress I guess. I bought quite a number of books under these themes, but rarely read them. Again, the meaningfulness of the context applied here. Some of the books were borrowed by others, and I was glad to help. At least the books could function as books, not just merely as the decoration to my room. Huhuhu

The Future

Read in the name of Lord who created (Al Alaq:1). To bend the bamboo start with the shoot. The picture is taken from here

I want to see the future generation has a big appetite reading books. Perhaps reach the extent where they read whatever or whenever they have chance, and enjoy reading books, laugh to the death, cry if necessary, think to the core, scan cover to cover, share the reading; or at least be someone like my brother (refer here).

The question of how is a bit challenging to answer. Can I show good example when I am not even a bookworm? The best solution is to provide them with the first class environment where they can see books around them, either at home or school. Buy books instead of nonsense  or something that might not be useful for you in the future (I did buy a replica sword and other nonsense T-T). For the rest of the method to foster reading habit, all of you can think better than me. huhuhu

In conclusion, I still wonder, is buying books, but not reading them, yet, a bad habit? hmm..

Reminder to myself: Read Quran as well.

Read more:

  1. Quran Explorer (here)
  2. 14 Ways to Cultivate a Lifetime Reading Habit (here)
  3. When Students Do Not Feel Motivated for Literacy Learning:How a Responsive Classroom Culture Helps (here)
  4. How to Increase Children’s Reading Habit in A Developing Country (here)
  5. A small collection of the Malaysian comic series (here)


  1. Noor said,

    October 24, 2008 at 4:38 am

    alamak we’re in the same boat lah. I tend to buy lotss of book but then I havent read any of them. At one point my friend told me that “watpe ko beli buku weyh, bukan baca pon”. Haha. Aim for now, nak beli byk2 buku before going back to Malaysia. Let us flood Lazim’s house with books!

    oh oh kite da jadik mcm maa la. beli buku tp tak baca!

  2. c su said,

    October 24, 2008 at 6:19 am

    kalau novel, cepat je abis…hehe

  3. paih said,

    October 24, 2008 at 6:31 am

    That’s the spirit that we want to see..
    buy books..
    so, maa is the reason behind this..
    its genetic.. I get it now..
    it depends..

  4. halaa said,

    October 24, 2008 at 11:05 am

    haha~ now I know why I love books… it’s becoz my surroundings were full with books~ (that’s ur logic, faiz) hehe~

    anyway, why and why questions keep coming out. and usually it depends on individual’s value of things. so, ‘why do I need to buy those books as I can read about the theme on the net or I can borrow some in the library’? My answer, my value on books is much higher than anything else. and values are definitely different for different person. and therefore the answer would be different for different individuals. so it depends… (does this reminds me to the modern mathematics of sebab akibat. hehe…)

    perhaps your value on replica sword is greater for you, faiz. huhuhu…

  5. ajik said,

    October 24, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    ma……. selalu beli ubat/vitamin tapi tak sungguh makan….ada kehendak tapi kurang usaha

  6. Noor said,

    October 30, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    haha penuh fridge ngn vitaminnnn. pastu abah geleng kepala jah. haha. maa2

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