Do you live in Ubon Ratchathani, around Isaan, or on the roads less traveled in Thailand? Do you love to read English language novels but feel like you are searching for El Dorado or King Solomon’s Mine when you go out locally trying to find something to read.
I know exactly how you feel.
I love reading and have as long as I can remember. I recall in elementary school receiving a 4-page book catalog twice a semester. I would eagerly dive in searching for any and all books I was interested in reading.
When the books were chosen I would then strategize on exactly how to convince my parents to contribute the necessary funds to my book charity. Sometimes it worked other times I was just plain out of luck.
Those times when I happily got to order books I anxiously awaited their arrival. When the big day came at last I would hold onto my treasures as though they were priceless artwork painted by a grand master.
When I got my books home I would handle with care and take some time to give the covers a long hard look. Then, with excitement and anticipation I would open and begin reading the pages. The books might have been simple and far from being literature but they did ignite the imagination and provide hours of enjoyment.
In school, I also enjoyed reading but not so much math and science. I looked forward to history even though the ending to all the stories was very predictable.
The military is made for reading. The over used phrase, “Hurry up and wait” was not a joke. Many of my comrades and me always kept a book handy for those times we spent waiting for things to move along. A lot of well read people in uniform. Deployments were always good for a novel or two. Besides all the time waiting I soon discovered C-130s, C-141’s, and C-5s did not have in flight movies no matter how long the trip. Reading was a good way to pass the time.
When I came to live in Ubon I found there wasn’t a very good selection of books to read. At first I would make the most of my trips to Bangkok and stock up with two or three new novels on every trip. After a few years I realized I could order books online from Amazon and also Kinokuniya. That is how I kept myself in reading material until Kindle finally became available here.
I have grown a small library over time. I enjoyed the hours of pleasure the books provided. I experiened many adventures and learned quite a bit from my time in the pages. But as with everything in life there comes a time when all must part ways.
It is now time to find a new home for some books I have read. So I am making them available to whoever wants any. My only request is if you request a book please take the time to read it. When you finish please pass it on to another reader so the book can have a long and fruitful life.
Here is a list of the titles that are available for adoption.
The Great Escape
The Mission Song
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
J. K. Rowling
The Eiger Sanction
The Ghost Agent
The Rhinemann Exchange
Rules of Betrayal
The Little Drummer Girl
John Le Carre
Lost Symbol (Hardcover)
If you would like any of these books just send me an email with your name and mailing address and I will send it to you. Please do not post your address in the comments. I can only mail here in Thailand.
So why not be a hero and adopt one of these English language books today?