Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Housewife's Reading Dilemma

Reading books are definitely one of my favorite things to do. In the past, whenever I needed some sort of exit or escape, I went to the library and threw myself into reading.Whenever I felt anxious, lonely, even frustrated, reading book was one way that I could calm myself without much destruction.

Since I was a little girl, I was influenced by numerous resources that I needed to read. They didn't mention what kind of reading, but as long as I read it seemed to be fine. My parents bought me the complete collections of Korean ancient literature, western literature which was translated in Korean. Greek mythology, world history, Korean history were my favorite. They were drawn in cartoon characters and colorful images and vivid conversations captured in a cloud over their head. I could stay still and read all day. I didn't want to be bothered whenever I was in this mode.

Now, I'm grown up, and I have quite handful of responsibilities. Whether I like it or not, things have to be done, like dishes, laundry, vacuum, and my family's dinner. I was annoyed by all these at the beginning because getting into reading took me a good time and shortly after I was asked to close the book. Nonstop interruption and distraction made me think if reading a book is worth trying.

I realized, however, that my effort on reading books slowly pays back. My daughter started to bring her own children book sitting next to me. She even argued that she needed to have a book-stand like mine, also a bookmark which was given to me as a gift from my family. Although I have a collection of bookmark, she always need to have the same one that I carry.

I love books. To me reading book is more than a simple hobby. It shows me the path that I haven't considered, it tells me the wisdom that I'm always hungry for, ultimately it makes me write. Reading book encourages me to tell my own story to others, because someone, somewhere would be inspired by my own character. Like I'm deeply inspired by Jeannette Walls in The Glass Castle.


  1. I read The Glass Castle when it first came out in hardback. And then the author, Jeannette Walls, came to speak at a writer's conference I attended in New York. She was just as amazing to hear as she was to read. I read that book straight through and can relate to being annoyed by disturbances. What is the next book on your reading list?

  2. Hi Jackie, I'm so envious that you got a chance to see Jeannette. I admire her so much just by reading her book. In my Advanced Memoir Workshop, we are scheduled to read one book every month for the book discussion, and the next choice is One Man's Meat by E.B. White. I need to start soon.