Posts Tagged ‘reading’

I once read that Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace both came up with the theory of evolution independently.

They both traveled to exotic places (the Galapagos Islands and the Malay Archipelago, respectively), observed the local species of flora and fauna, and sought to explain the cause of their differences.

The funny thing is that they were both stumped until each read Malthus’ essay on human overpopulation and applied its ideas to the species they were studying.  Many famous biologists have since noted how obvious evolution by natural selection seems and wondered why the theory took so long to formulate.

Can you imagine?  All because of some paper they read.

How many ideas have you come up with, dear reader, because of some random article you read, or some rare conversation you had?  How many stories of mythology were heard, how many interactions of schoolchildren were observed, before J. K. Rowling wrote the masterpiece that is Harry Potter?

Good output, it would seem, requires good input, and plenty of it.

Other times, you might have more than enough swimming around inside your head, but you just need time and space to process it, like cream separating from milk.

That’s where those long walks on the beach come in.


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Dear Reader,

I just wanted to update you on what I’ve been up to these last 3 months.  A couple of days ago, I finished the much requested “Ocean Girl” chapter.  It was by far the hardest chapter for me to write and I’m happy/relieved to have finally completed it.  That leaves 2 chapters left for the 1st draft of my book.

Stephen King is very big on the notion that good writers must be good readers.  So in that vein, I’d like to share my thoughts on a few books I recently read.

The Dip by Seth Godin – I can’t say it’s a bad book, but I think this might be something you want to check out at the library rather than purchasing.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – I don’t normally like to read fantasy novels, but WOW, am I glad to have taken a chance with this one!  The Harry Potter series would easily make my top 5 for best fiction I have ever read (especially Book 7).  Ironically, it makes me think of Atlus Shrugged by Ayn Rand simply because they are the exact opposite of each other.  One is all story, the other all style.  I would recommend both.

Fountainhead by Ayn Rand – I’m halfway through this, but I just can’t find the motivation to continue.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – I just finished the first of its 5 book “trilogy.”  It’s fun.  And weird.  I like it so far.  I’ll update my opinion once I’m finished.

That’s all for now,


A. T. Bui

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books piled up

I’m a nerd. Always have been; always will continue to be. Whether I get the girl or not, nothing changes (well, maybe something changes). But at most, I would just be a ‘cool nerd.’


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Top 5 Books

flipping book pages

When I was a child, I hated reading. I was slow at it, kept losing my place, and got headaches every 10-15 minutes. But each week my mom checked out books from our local library, forced me to read them, and then questioned me about their content. Little did I know she hadn’t actually read any of them, but it was enough to know that I was being quizzed that I did as I was told. Because of that early childhood experience–or rather, despite it, depending on how you look at it–I’m now an avid reader. No other activity has impacted my life quite so profoundly as reading. If you are the average of your 5 best friends, then allow a good book to be one of those friends. When you read, not only are you accessing the writer’s thoughts, but his best thoughts, the ones he felt fit to share with the world.

Since quite a few people have asked me for recommendations, I thought I would share my top 5 books. The only problem I encountered was this: how does one compare a play like Hamlet to a book like The Selfish Gene? In my opinion, you can’t. So I decided to make a separate list for each of my 5 favorite genres. Here we go, in no particular order:


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