It’s almost Friday!
I am so excited that this week I have a chance to introduce you to new series of interviews with the readers from all around the world. It is a perfect opportunity to meet all the beautiful souls who state themselves as Book Lovers. Hopefully, you will found it useful and if you are not reading at the minute it will change your mind.
This is about the right time to go and get yourself a cup of coffee as our travel around the world begins.
Tell me a bit about yourself. What is your passion and motivation in life?
My name is Marya, an Indonesian who tries to enjoy life with the weakness of her passport. I love traveling, and I usually go traveling at least once in a year to a place that I’ve never been before. After quitting my 9-to-6 job, I’m currently working remotely as a freelance copywriter for an e-commerce brand. In addition, I also work remotely as a personal social media strategist for an Indonesian public figure. My short-term goal is to travel all ASEAN country members before I hit the age of 30.
When did you start reading and why do you like to read?
I started reading when I was in kindergarten. I remember that I was one of the first kids who could read in my class. Once I could read, I always tried to read any book that I could read a magazine to even a random book. I even bought a book for the 2nd grade when I didn’t even finish kindergarten. I’m not sure why I started to like reading, as most people in my life assumed that I’m pretty much like my grandma, who’s also an avid reader. I think as for now, I like to read since I mainly write for a living. And the more I read, the more I’ll be able to write well.
What is the book of your life and how did it change you as a person?
I think it was the book that I read when I was in junior high school. It’s the book called Looking for Alibrandi, written by an Australian writer Melina Marchetta. It’s the book that I would totally recommend to anyone getting through adolescence or some confusion in life.
What is your favourite author? do you prefer any particular genre?
I don’t really have any particular genre, because I try to read all the books that attract me to decide whether I like the book or I don’t. I wouldn’t say J.K. Rowling or C.S. Lewis as my favourite author as there are already millions of people out there who would tell you so. Although yes, I owe my childhood to both of them because of thanks to Harry Potter and Narnia.
Apart from them, being Indonesian as I am, my favourite local author would be Pramoedya Ananta Toer. For the international one, a few years ago I got awed by a book written by Swedish author Jonas Jonasson, The 100-Year-Old Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.
After I finished the book, I definitely hunted more of his pieces and I love every single of them. Pramoedya Ananta Toer and Jonas Jonasson have a different style of story-telling as an author. While Pramoedya writes mostly Romance, Jonas Jonasson is definitely an expert in satire so I have to say, I’ve got various kinds of taste when it comes to book.
What is your favourite book quote?
“Living is the challenge. Not dying. Dying is easy. Sometimes it only takes ten seconds to die. But living? That can take you eighty years and you do something in that time.” -Looking for Alibrandi, Melina Marchetta.
Find out more about Marya by checking her blog: www.thebeautraveler.com
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