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(B)Read-A-Long #2: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Grab your towel and a cup of tea, we are running away from the Vogons in our second (B)Read-a-Long as we read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams!

For this second (B)Read-a-long, we will begin reading on 19 August 2013. The book progression will be quick, spanning out for a fortnight only.

For the two weeks of the (B)Read-a-Long, we will open a new post for discussion on the B:READ Bookswap page. We encourage participants to chip in and discuss the book. It doesn’t have to be a literary breakdown or analysis. We are happy if you contribute with a “<3″ or a </3”!

On the Saturday of week 2, participants are able to discuss the book with each other more personally through a meet-up. Location will be determined in the B:Read Bookswap page


Week 1: CHAPTERS 1 TO 19
Week 2: CHAPTERS 20 to 35

Participants are required to fill in a form here!

Check our FAQs to find out more about (B)Read-a-Long.


A Conversation With… Franz Lanzaderas

What book got you into reading?

It would have to Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude”. It was a required reading for Literature class in college. I love magic realism. After reading it, I was led to some of his books like “Of Love and Other Demons” and “Love In the Time of Cholera”. Reading has become extensive since then. With friends who are literary buffs too, I was led to authors of the same genre, South American writers such as Laura Esquivel “Like Water For Chocolate”, Isabelle Allende then of course there are the poets Octavio Paz and Pablo Neruda, of whose poetry were like a favorite past time.

Was it just magic realism genre that got you into reading? 

I scanned through my old Multiply account and found out the books that I’ve read in college included Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “The Sorrows of Young Wurther”, Ranier Maria Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet”, John Fowles’ “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”. Judging from the selection of books, I guess you can dub me a romantic.

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A Conversation with… Hazirah Tahamit on Reading as Challenges in her Life

How did you get into reading?

When I was in Primary 6, a friend of mine, DK Ainil, constantly urged me to read. We were best friends, and according to her we should have the same hobby. I used to hate her for that as it felt like she was trying to impose her hobby on me. One of the things she did to fish for my attention and curiosity was to constantly give me free books to read. I still remember being forced to read a silver covered book, with some sort of greenish and gooey-looking caption ‘Goosebumps’ emblazoned on it. Apparently, as put by Ainil, ‘Goosebumps is the current thing’ at that time. Thus began my love of reading. It didn’t start off well – I had loads of nauseated moments trying to decipher some ‘alien’ words when I first started, but somehow that didn’t stop me from reading. Initially, it was largely because of my fear of ruining my friendship with Ainil, but now, I can argue that I’ve developed my love of reading because of my own efforts.


From Goosebumps, where did you progress afterwards?

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A Conversation with… Jay M Johar on humour

What exposed you to reading humour?

As a kid, I used to read those children’s joke books. I liked puns, even from an early age. Being one of the few people in my class who appreciated jokes in English (I went to a school where English literacy is quite low), I ended up always calling my cousin to tell these jokes. She lived in USA for a while, and as a kid I was excited to have someone to tell these jokes to. Looking back on it, she must have found me so obnoxious.

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FAQs on (B)Read-a-Long


(B)Read-a-Long is an activity organised by B:Read which encourages readers in Brunei to read one book together at a set time and later discussing about them. Each week, a set number of chapters is given for readers to read.


Discussions will be made on the B:READ Bookswap group.


Yes! Of course! Even if you’re not in Brunei, you are encouraged to join! We don’t have membership!


We used a voting system on Facebook, voted by the public who are part of the group. Similarly, we encourage those who follow us on Twitter to vote too.


Everyone has specific books they like to read. By picking books out of certain people’s comfort zones, we hope to expand people’s view in other genres. We also hope that this will create stronger solidarity in the reading community in Brunei by providing good discussions and forging friendships.


Yes! We will be holding this several times per year.


Hey, this isn’t a question! But if you don’t like the book, we do encourage you to at least try reading it. If you’re insistent to not like it, participate and vote in our next (B)Read-a-Long!