It was in 2008 when I discovered the purpose of a Google Reader. (Yeah, I know, I’m such a noob.)  I was working as a traffic reporter and had a lot of free time in between reports — time spent either on Facebook, Twitter or on careless online surfing.  The latter had me opening up a lot of tabs in my browser and when they became all too much to bookmark, I got curious with the “Subscribe” buttons.  *Click* Thus began my relationship with my Reader.

But even though I’ve been subscribing to and reading a lot of blogs, both local and foreign, I was never really motivated to start my own blog. I had an idea for one but found it hard to sustain so I dumped it.  And until now, writing pains me.  So I ask myself, “Why push it? Why ride along the trend?”

Books. Yes, books.

Just recently, I’ve been catching up on reading.  Real, hard copy books.  After watching Elizabeth Gilbert on, I just had to read her book, “Eat, Pray, Love.”  IT WAS LIFE CHANGING!  The book’s effect on me is another story, but what I realized was how much I’ve been missing from not reading books.  Hence, I’ve decided to invest a portion of my monthly salary to books.  Because in between the pages of those tightly-bound, digitally-encoded, computer-generated hard copies of writers’ minds, lies my personal key to simple joy and tranquility.

So my return to book-reading has rekindled my love for writing.

Currently, I’m reading Trenton Lee Stewart’s “The Mysterious Benedict Society.” It’s a children’s book reminiscent of the Potter series with a dash of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I’m halfway through it after two days, which means the book has its own charm and is quite promising.

What I'm reading now.

I guess I’ll be finished with this one by Wednesday. After which I plan to read Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers.”

So this whole online endeavor is really an aftereffect of an old-school love: reading books.  What about you? Read any good books lately?