When I was a tiny kid, my father used to read me bedtime stories. We borrowed books from libraries and he would read them to me before I sleep.
I remember sitting up in bed, looking at the picture books, unable to read the text. Some how in my mind now, I see a hairy caveman in one of the pages.)
When I was older, I listened to a cassette tape of one of the reading session. In the tape, little me sounded inquisitive and asked loads of questions. I’m sad that I ask less questions now because I assume too much.
Later, when my dad started his new job as an Electrical Engineering lecturer, he became busy with preparing for class. I was left on my own to read. I’m not trying to share a sob story. I’m glad that my dad instilled a love for reading then and that the situation forced me to pick up reading on my own.
Growing up as an awkward kid, I would often use a book as a shield. It was the only legitimate defense I had to avoid interacting with other people. Adults would praise a kid for reading and I could read to my heart’s content. (Now I still use books as a shield but no often as I’ve learned how to manage my energy.)
Books were the start of my creativity journey. I loved them so much I wanted to write them. At the end of high school, I had many stories brewing in my head but I didn’t have the guts to write them down.
Books were gateways for me to learn other creative activities such as
- creating websites using Microsoft FrontPage in 2003
- tarot reading (you don’t know how much creativity goes into readings)
Nowadays I speed read through books. It’s very rare that I get to read out loud. I don’t even read out loud to myself to begin with. But when I do read out loud, I could feel the words better. I would also need to drink more water.
What’s the Big Magic Read-Aloud Book Club
Regular book clubs are intimidating. What do you mean I have to finish the whole book before the meet up? That’s too much commitment. (Plus I don’t remember a lot of things I’ve read.)
My friend Debbie and I decided to set up a book club with a twist. It’s called the Big Magic Read-Aloud Book Club.
It’s a book club where you don’t have to read the book before going to the book club. The only thing you need to do is to read out loud at the event. (It’ll be nice if you have read the book if you want to discuss it later.)
We’re having our first read-aloud book club meet up on October 25, 3 to 6pm at Fort Canning Park. It’ll be an intimate session since we’re keeping the event small for now with about 15 people. (Also, NParks rules and shit.)
We’ll be reading out Liz Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. I found myself nodding while reading the book. It has resonated with many creative people. Since Debbie and I want to meet other creatives in the city, we thought this would be the perfect book. (And the perfect name for the Book Club too.)
If you’re coming, please let us know on Peatix. You can read the event description there too.
If you’re an introvert and would love to come but feel you might be overwhelmed, you’d be happy to know that Debbie (ISTP) and I (INFP) are both introverts. Also, being shy does not equal to being an introvert. Here are some tips to help you out. (Come early!)
How to contact Big Magic Read-Aloud Book Club
- Facebook private group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigmagic.readaloud.bookclub/
- Email us: bigmagic.readaloud.bookclub[@]groups.facebook.com or readaloudsg[@]gmail.com