I was at the S’pore Writers Fest bookshop recently and I couldn’t help but buy another bagful of books because they looked like books which I really wanted to read.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not a reader in any sense of the word.

Yes I buy books, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I read them.

One of my biggest shortcomings is that I do not read enough literature.

I have stacks of classics and other titles on my shelf, just waiting to be read.

I love starting on books, but I hardly ever bring myself to finish them.

Sometimes I read just the beginning, sometimes I venture till halfway, sometimes I get tantalisingly close to the end…but I seldom complete them.

One of my friends recently commented that I have an alarmingly short attention span.

That is very true.

I have a wide-ranging interests in books.

I don’t restrict myself to a particular “type” – there are a whole range of books that would appeal to me, and I can see myself enjoying different kinds of books.

Each book has its own appeal.

There is no such thing as a “perfect” book.

The problem is summoning the commitment and resolve to just stick with one book and see it through till the end.

Every read is a journey of discovery, and I can imagine the unspeakable rewards of having completed a really good book, but unfortunately what usually happens is that I get distracted with yet another book along the way.

Sometimes I even straddle between multiple books at the same time.

Not ideal, I know.

But as I said…short attention span.

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