This is a bit of a diversion to the conversation trends here.
I just browsed a forum under Arts & Literature
about what inspires you to read books
. I notice most of the respondents there are fond of reading novels and series (like Harry Potter's); some like inspirational and self-help books; very few like history and related topics. NONE, so far, have shared their passion for scientific journals nor academic books on sciences.
Their reasons (for the love of reading) are:
-being encouraged by their Dad
-academic activity (english subjects)
-boredom and to get the feeling of being intellectual
One said-- they don't have TV and electricity...
I also would like to reply but now I opt to open the matter in this thread (The Pinoy Chemical Exchange). I would like to share this soon-to-be-habit
of reading chemistry related scriptures
. I don't know if it started from just plain desire for knowledge (or fascination on sciences) why I'm gonna embark on such pursuit or maybe due to several reason (or hybrid of them) below:
*I wanted to be a part-time tutor in the future
*My awaited plan of taking graduate studies
*Plain interest in Chemistry (especially after the long review for the board exams, I eventually love chemistry)
-->I'm currently in Singapore, looking for a job. The environment here is very encouraging for those who like to read. There are public libraries everywhere. Many people here make library as their "tambayan." I'm seeing children getting many books and letting their parents borrow/carry them from library to home.
-->Somehow, I'm feeling lonely here and things that entertain me here (aside from internet browsing) are swimming and library.
So right now, I'm reading an Organic Chem Reviewer (without really thinking that I'll get something from it; it's just this enthusiasm in realizing that I understand/easily pick up what I read from the book...being a former science graduate).
Organic Chem is one of my waterloos during undergrad. I have least interest towards the subject that's why I didn't develop a good background on it (especially on the topic of Spectroscopy-where I failed). However, right now, I'm looking forward to finish each chapter every week and I'm glad that I finally realize what my organic chem professor is telling us: "Studying OrgChem isn't rote memorization of reactions...understand and master the mechanism
Reading also minimizes my emotional fluctuations I'm currently experiencing due to struggles of jobhunting.