49 Days Journal Challenge – Day 23

Sragen. 16.06.2020.

15:17. Listening to MXM’s COME CLOSE.

Today I want to talk about books.

There are four books I’m currently reading this month, all in different devices. That’s not unusual. I tend to pick up several books and read them at the same time. It makes it easier to finish more books and read from more diverse categories because I can switch from one book from another when I get bored. The rule is to read them in separate place or separate time.

For instance, I am re-reading the physical book of The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. It’s a book about the music and poetry (and sun) Greek god, Apollo, who is punished by his father, Zeus–for a reason he himself was unsure about. Apollo was turned into human and lost all his godly power. This book is light and full of humour, written in the perspective of self-centered, but comically Apollo. I usually read this book after I take a bath in the evening, while waiting for my parents to come home with dinner.

The second book I’m reading is Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It’s a classic, so I think many of you have already been familiar with the story. I have read the simplified version in high school but never picked up the original until now. I read it using my mother’s phone. And because I can only use my mother’s phone for a limited amount of time per day (I mean, it’s Mother’s phone, after all), my progress in reading this book is pretty slow.

The third book I’m reading is The Hammer of Thor, once again by Rick Riordan. As you may have guessed, I am a big fan of Rick Riordan. I own many of his books in physical version, by for this specific series (Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard) I prefer to read it on my laptop. The Hammer of Thor is the second book in the series. It’s actually my least favourite series from Rick Riordan, which is why I’m also taking it slow with this book. I usually read it for fifteen to thirty minutes in the morning. It’s a book about Magnus Chase, a demigod, who is in a quest to find the lost hammer of Thor.

The last book I’m currently reading is Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb. I read the book using my own phone because 1) the book is extra delicious so I want to be able to read it anywhere, and 2) I take a lot of notes from this book so it’s easier to use my phone instead of other devices. The book is a personal biography of Lori Gottlieb, a therapist, who found herself shaken apart after an unbelievable breakup. While she seek a counsel from another therapist named Wendell, she realized that her problem was actually bigger than just a breakup and that in unexpected ways, many of her former patients had something she also struggled with deep inside. What I like the most about the book is that it’s actually an easy read despite the heavy and very reflective theme–mental health and self-denial. I really recommend you to read this book if you like psychology and things like that.

So those are the four books I’m currently reading. For the record, I use Play Books to purchase and read all the e-books I have mentioned above, with one account even on three different devices. And that’s how I am able to read several books at the same time.

I think that’s it for today’s entry. By the way, it didn’t rain yesterday nor it would today. There are some gray clouds in the sky, but so far the weather has been very clear. I feel a bit disappointed, though at least it’s not as hot as yesterday.

Thank you for reading. See you again tomorrow with different content!

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