Thursday, June 16, 2005



I cringed. Seriously down-to-the spine cringed when Senor Anuar Fariz tagged me to continue the Book Meme. I was like Que Pa Sa??? Because, on the contrary to some of your beliefs, I am really not a reader. Heck, I haven't picked up a novel for a gazillion years. Like gazillion gazillion years! Lately, and especially after working at a PR agency, I have resorted into reading tons and tons of magazines. Okay, sue me if I like stories with pictures by them; it's a old habit I stay dear to ever since reading the Archies and X-Men comics.

But since I have to stick to the tradition (or something creepy with long hair might come visit me), here we go!

How many books do I own?

Very, very little. I would say that 90 percent of the books I own were smuggled from my highschool library, and I guess remained permanent by my bed stand since. Overall, I can say is that my collection is *ahem* very embarrassing.

The last book you bought?

Oh God, when and what huh? Okay, if my memory is still intact, it is Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan. I bought it when I first started college, because 1) Khaylis always raved about Amy Tan and 2) wanted to know why. When I read the novel, I fell ccompletely in love at how it was delivered. It was written under the voices of two protagonists: Pearl (the Chinese-American) and Winnie (her mother). There was a moment in the story when I silently wept. For that, this novel remains quite dear and true to me.

Five books that mean a lot to me?

1. Obviously, Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan. The reasons? See upstairs.

2. 1984 by George Orwell. I originally picked up this novel because I had to for an English assignment. (Huhuhuhu) That aside, as I continued reading, I realised that the deeply pessimistic world Orwell painted was not a far-cry world we live in. Big Brother resembled so close to dis-comfort the many governments we know. In turn, I remember moaning in pain when Winston was tortured with the cage of rats in Room 101. Since then, Orwell's celebrated piece remains my most political favorite.

3. Animal Farm by George Orwell. Yes, I became an Orwell addict and wanted more! And this piece did not fail, as I remember reading it quickly over night. More political than Charlotte's Web, I was engrossed at how the pigs ruled and manipulated the other animals. The We-Don't-Do-Human-Things and then seeing the pigs turning into one was a hoot. And I remember feeling deeply, deeply sad when Boxer (the cart-horse) got shipped to the soap factory by the pigs. *Sniff sniff* Damn you, Napoleon!!!

4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Again, I read this novel for an English assignment. (Hehehehe) Anyway, I found that Fitzgerald did a fantastic job at luring us back into America, right after World War 1. Despite revealing that many were clearly poor, there was segments of society that managed to rise above financially. More like extreme success as reflected by Gatsby's lifestyle and his elaborate parties (which would have been extremely cool to go to). The character I hated the most in this novel was Daisy. She was gedek to the max, and I felt like strangling her. Every. Damn. Time.

5. Macbeth by Shakespeare. Again, I read this novel for...yes, for English class. My superficial reason why I loved this was the Witches' spell. People rumored that Shakespeare took samples of actual spells for the infamous "Double double toil and trouble..." spell. And say that if you breathed Macbeth's name behind the theatre's walls, something bad might happen to you. Like losing an arm. Cool school!

Okay, to continue the tradition, I call upon :

1. Random Girl
2. Davina
3. Dade Ghost
4. Theroadie
5. Lissa Karina
6. Kepala Angin share their reading materials with me. Enjoy!


Blogger teek said...

that pix of books is very yummy indeed! I've always wanted to read George Orwell's, but i didn't know how "compatible" his writing with me...probably need to sample a page or two first.

*Muddy, i need some pointers from u ah!

6:31 PM  
Blogger Foxybabe said...

I read lotsa books, but there are only few that I can't put down:

a)Harry Potter series (book 6 coming out soon..)
b)Da Vinci Code. (A little out there... but seriously.. worth reading!)
c) I know this much is true - Wally Lamb
d)The kite runner - Khaled Hosseini
e)Curse of the singles table - Memoir by Suzanne Scholsberg

7:16 PM  
Blogger Dade Ghost said...

Hehehe... Muddy, I dont usually do this...for u la I will try... cause I rather read 2000AD then books....

7:44 PM  
Blogger chick arse said...

george orwell's animal farm was really witty now wasn't it?i too,have been lacking of good reads and only recently found some time to catch up a bit.i suppose i have always been a fan of light readings which actually holds deep messages, for instance, Sue Townsends' Adrian Mole series is certainly not trash.Then there's the inevitable mobster Mario Puzo which I'm sure everyone had the oppurtunity to read at least one of his works.Frank Kafka can actually create wonders with his writing skills too, and Tony Parsons could really bring out the things we rarely take note of, in dealing with relationsips.There's just tons more that I'm missing out on, and it makes me feel rather...small. However, the best books to date that i have read would have to be Doystoyevsky's Crime and Punishment.I know,it was translated and all.Nonetheless, it was a good work of translation. Otherwise,I'm an avid fan of Dickens, too!Well i'm off to the bookstore now!

8:14 PM  
Blogger silent reverie said...

reading this makes me wanna go to the bookstore now. heard about Kitchen's God Wife from a friend but never had time to read it. reading yr comment made want to go and look for the book already.

hv to agree with foxybabe that the Da Vinci Code is worth reading!

sidney sheldon's books are cool too, to me that is.

but i love nicholas sparks' A Walk To Remember'.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Pantani's 2nd Cousin said...


8:28 PM  
Blogger yanz said...

hey! why am i not called??

hehehe. no la.. my answer would be filled with kids books anyways

8:57 PM  
Blogger raden galoh said...

I should try reading those books you mentioned. My favorites have been those wriiten by Jeffrey Archer, Sidney Sheldon, Danielle Steele, Robert Ludlum, Frederick Forsyth...and lately anything on cancer or breast cancer per se.
Thank you for visiting my blog, Muddy. Visit me often if you have time, ok?

9:30 PM  
Blogger K. Light said...

Cool, you did it! I just love spreading the misery...

Anyway, I hated all the books that I was forced to read in school. Something about a teacher making us discuss a book, and have our opinions battered and down was some what unholy to me.

And I still can't look at a Macbeth book without cringing.Is this a dagger I see before me konon..I'd like to bloody plunge a dagger in that lit teacher of mine!

10:58 PM  
Blogger mangolisa said...

Kitchen's God Wife is my favourite Amy Tan's book but someone has conveniently nicked it and forgot to return it to me... and I haven't been motivated enough to get a new copy ;-)

11:54 PM  
Blogger random-girl said...

it makes me wonder how many books you really would have read if it wasn't for english assignments!

and why -why- am i subjected to this? sigh. well, anuar - your misery spreading is quite successful!

12:48 AM  
Blogger kepala_angin said...

muddy, now i owe you 2 postings, one on that delicious self-destruction and one on the books.

will try to pay up when my soul heal. may be tomorrow kot. hahaha..

12:51 AM  
Blogger Inn said...

uhh. cant wait to read random girl's answers!

Was hoping u'd tag ur sife. heh.

Besides Kitchen's God Wife, I have yet to read those u listed. Interesting but they'll have to wait. I've just started on the DeathGate cycle series all over again...

4:02 AM  
Blogger adekmanis said...

My bestest reads ever would be Orwell's Animal Farm and P. Ananta Toer's Fugitive. Hands down. Fuh those two books burnt a big hole in my heart la. Membakar jiwa, pemikiran dan perasaan hehe.

4:21 AM  
Blogger K. Light said...

random girl:one does one's best :D

6:22 AM  
Blogger lissa said...


5 is alot

trust me


6:23 PM  
Blogger A Babe Of Very Little Brain said...

books - another major turn on. heh heh ... i gotta go buy my this week's ration satgi.

8:00 PM  
Blogger shobshob said...


so far i only finished reading one book.. all my other reading materials are magazines, travel guides and maps.. isk2...

8:50 AM  
Blogger Muddy said...

Teeklebone :

Hahahah...never knew a pile of books could stir up appetite. ;) And yeah, try reading Animal Farm first. It's less dense compared to 1984, but once you understand Orwell's craft, it's really addictive actually...

What type of books are usually compatible to you?

Foxybabe :

Oh gosh, I am one of those people that have been heavily dependent on the Potter movies instead of reading them...*guilty guilty*. Looking forward for the new movie...hehehe

Wow, you're quite a reader. and "I know this much is true" sounds so much like a song title...heheh.

Dade Ghost :

Applause applause for your very interesting list! I recently went to the Times bookstore and came across 1 minute Manager. Interesting stuff there...:)

5:26 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

Chick Arse :

Wow, you're an Orwell fan too! How cool! :) Yeah, I love Franz Kafka too, especially Metamorphosis. And the Mole series? Interesting, will look out for it.

Silent Reverie :

Yeah, I was looking for the Kitchen last Saturday but realised that it wasn't on my bed stand. Searching high and low, I realised that my mom stashed it in the kitchen. Didn't know my mom read it was cool how we recently had conversations over the books.

"A Walk To Remember"...I remember watching a movie with the same title. Is it based on the same novel?

Theroadie :

Muahahahahaahahahahahah!!! Aiyoyo!

5:33 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

Yanz :

Hey, sorry, so with my powers combined, I call upon the lovely, and beautiful...Yanz!!! hehehe...

Children books are great. Just recently remember how I love, love, love Enid Blyton books, especially the Faraway Trees series...

Raden Galoh :

Wow, I have never read any of the authors mentioned. *I feel incomplete...hahahahah* Anyway, since reading your blog, I have realised that there are many women in Malaysia who are/were diagnosed with breast cancer. For some naive reason, I had always thought it was a foreign, western disease...

You have my support. And my standing ovation! :)

Anuar :

hahahahaha...yeah, that stupid, stupid dagger. Anyway, did you know that Khaylis and I had to act out the "To be or not to be...that is the question" part for an English class? Yeap, both of us are struggling (and very, very bad) actors...hahahahaha...

5:44 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

Mangolisa :

Goddess!!! hehehehe...I can imagine your million books, neatly stacked in your wooden cupboards. And...hehehe...I ACTUALLY bought Kitchen babe. Didn't nick it from anyone...hehehehe...

Random Girl :

I am sooooo touched that you were to lend me your Solitude. Sorry if I was a no show yesterday. I was really banged out over helping out my cousin's wedding...and hey, did you sing? :))

Kepala Angin : don't owe me anything babe. In the meantime, I really love reading your writings...soul searching is defintely an intriguing discussion...:)

5:50 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

Inn :

Hahahahaha...yeah, was going to ask Sifu, but I know that he is teribbly busy at the tak nak kacau Sifu at work...hehehe...

Anyway, DeathCycle series...oooooo...sounds ganas. What is it about babe?

Chi :

Hey babe, missed your writings lah! hehehe...anyway, yeah, I am sooooo happy that you are also an Orwell fan like me. I haven't read the other, but definitely will look out for it, since I also need my jiwa to membakar...hehehe...

Lissa Karina Lee Abdullah :

hahahah...yeah, five is alot. but you don't have to list all five if you don't want to. Perhaps list one book that you love the most? :)

5:53 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

The babe :

Major turn on huh?, the bookstore would simply be...orgasmic? hehehe...just kidding. ;P

Shobshob :

I strongly believe that magazines are good reads, especially the editorials. Most are extremely witty, so yeah, magazine readers are smart too. hehehe...

5:56 PM  
Blogger A Babe Of Very Little Brain said...

went into a bookish orgasm on saturday - ended up buying 8 books! ni belum gaji lagi ni ...

10:42 PM  
Blogger random-girl said...

no probs muds. i know weddings are very tiring! yeah... i did sing, but you didn't miss out on much! i was so gementar, suara tak keluar betul! *cover face, run, hide*

next time i catch ya, i'll pass you the book :)

2:49 AM  
Blogger a. said...

The Catcher in The Rye is definitley among the best book ever written!

5:19 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

The babe :

Wow, hebat!!! that was you, jumping up and down at Kinokunya? hehehe...just kidding. ;P BTW, remind me to smuggle some off you... :))

Random-girl :

Cool school, you sang!!! Which song did you do? Anyway, was completely bushed due to the wedding. But yeah, seriously...I hope NOBODY gets married in July...hehehe...

Yunik :

Hey, thanks for dropping by! :) Yeah, I had always wanted to read that book. It was highly recommended by the girl I used to date back in highschool too. I think there's a movie based on the novel. True?

5:56 PM  
Blogger Han said...

WORD! Amy Tan like a mother! I wanna Joy Luck Club. I have been reading non-fiction lately, but I can't hold it off for long.

I'm into short stories from this author named Amy Hempel who kicks all kinds of ass. Her sentences come back to me at different times of the day. Like, "the clean way a dog enlists your heart". What the hell?

6:06 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

Han :

"the clean way a dog enlists your heart"??? WTF???

aiyo, i think she has this fetish doing the hemena-hemena with animals. Muahahahaha...

6:39 PM  
Blogger disco-very said...

to tell you the honest-to-god truth muddy, i haven't read a book *leisurely* since my Enid Blyton days. I can however give you a summary of the chapters that i have been studying for Intro to Electronic Media.

10:56 PM  
Blogger Han said...


It's a guy named Jack who is throwing popcorn at a dog and the dog is catching the kernels mid-air.

Nothing er.. unclean. But I don't have a good explanation why he would think such a thing.

11:05 AM  

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