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Reading has been my main hobby since my childhood years. Nothing gives me more joy than reading. This is the time where I can forget what is happening outside and totally immerse myself in the world created by the writers.

Hence, it is no surprise that my favourite book genre is fiction. It is entertaining to imagine myself as the characters living in a fictional world.

There are many books I read in the past gave me different perspectives in life. Therefore, it is hard to pinpoint what books that transform me as a person.

But there is one book that brought fear to my teenage self (and it is a non-fiction book).

My late father bought this book and read it first. I can still remember how enthusiastic he was in sharing the contents with us family after reading it. It got me curious and I started reading it.

Although it is a The writer somehow managed to make it engaging for readers to continue reading. The severity of viral hemorrhagic fevers: Ebola and Marburg viruses was described vividly in the book. The description of how people literally bleed to death within days and the high mortality rate terrified me for weeks. Knowing that this is real and not fiction did not help to calm my nerves.

The book is also very informative as I got to know about 4 biosafety levels and how each pathogen is classified based on hazard level. Since then, I am always on the lookout for next Ebola outbreak and pray that it does not spread worldwide like the current Covid-19 virus.

I used to be able to finish a thick paperback within a day. But due to work and many distractions available online, it is increasingly hard to even finish a book within a week.

With my country going into extended lockdown, I plan to get my reading habit back. Hence, I plan to finish reading below books within Q2 of 2020 (not in chronological order)

a) Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski (The Witcher series)

b) Seasons of Storms by Andrzej Sapkowski (The Witcher series)

c) Selected Works by Cicero

d) Letters from a Stoic by Seneca

e) Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

f) The Great Works of Philosophy by Robert Paul Wolff


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