New Campaign: Send Your Books to Me

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Do you have unwanted books lying around the house that you want to get rid of?

If you do, rather than throwing them away, send them to:

Suhaimi Ramly, No. 100-1, Jalan 2/23A, Taman Danau Kota, 53300 KL.

Make sure your books are:

  • in readable condition. Yellowing pages, wear and tear, scratches, scribbles, annotations, etc. are fine;
  • in the categories mentioned below.
  • in English or Malay language.

I am looking for:

  • English Classics — Dickens, Bronte, Twain, etc.;
  • English fiction — anything other than romance, kid’s fiction, teenage fiction, or chick-lit;
  • science fiction;
  • fiction from other cultures — translated into English or Malay;
  • collections of short stories / cerpen;
  • books on philosophy;
  • books on Malaysian history, culture, language, geography or politics;
  • books on the history, culture, language, geography or politics of any country (not school textbooks!);
  • poetry books — syairgurindampantunsajak, sonnet, limerick, quatrains, whatever;
  • biographies & autobiographies;
  • books written by Sasterawan Negara, or other highly-regarded literature types;
  • books that has won prestigious awards, like Hugo or Pulitzer, or has appeared on bestsellers lists;
  • nonfiction books;
  • books with beautiful leather binding — to make my bookshelf more impressive;
  • Islamic books — please, only quality ones with authentic sources, not “Mari Bercakap dengan Jin” or “Sai Baba itu Dajjal”;
  • books on other religions — in English or Malay;
  • photography collections;
  • humorous writings;
  • English comic books & graphic novels;
  • collections of syndicated comic strips — e.g., Peanuts or Dilbert;
  • (a special request) books that are banned in Malaysia.

Please don’t send:

  • magazines;
  • school textbooks (college textbooks are fine);
  • children’s books;
  • romance, teenage fiction, or chick-lit;
  • technical manuals;
  • “how to get rich” books;
  • cookbooks;
  • etc. (the list is not exhaustive; basically, don’t send anything that I have no use of).

No need to check with me beforehand whether I want a particular title or not. I accept and appreciate everything that you’ll send to me. Those I don’t need I will throw away myself.

The accepted books will go to my private collection. My plan is to grow my personal library to 5000 books in the next ten years.

I will consider the books as gifts. Unfortunately, I cannot pay for the books, though I’d be happy to help out with postage (regular mail only, maximum RM5). Please state clearly your request for postage, otherwise I’ll assume it’s on you.

Thank you for your generosity!


2 Responses to New Campaign: Send Your Books to Me

  1. feruz8 says:

    Cerita pasal buku ni, ko dah baca “Start Up Nation”?
    Kalau dah ape pendapat ko?

    • suhaimiramly says:

      dah baca, dan setuju dengan premis buku tu.

      satu lagi golongan yang “disproportionately successful” ialah mormons:

      “Yet in practical matters Mormonism seems well adapted to the modern world, for Mormons are, by many measures, disproportionately successful. Harvard Business School, it is often said, is dominated by the “three Ms” (McKinsey, the military and Mormons). Wall Street and the Central Intelligence Agency love to hire Mormons. And Mormons now make up almost 3% of Congress, even though they are less than 2% of the population.

      For this, Mormons may have their austere religious practice to thank. The church has no paid professional clergy, so all boys from an early age learn to become church leaders. Young men (and some women) also tend to go abroad as missionaries, usually after rigorous study of a foreign language (Mr Romney learned French, Mr Huntsman Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan).

      Many missionaries become paragons of self-discipline, with their trademark white shirts and ties and a teetotalling, non-smoking, caffeine-free and abstinent Mormon work ethic. That experience—and perhaps the need to cope with repeated ridicule—seems to make many Mormons not only cosmopolitan but also resilient. Many become good salesmen and communicators, or indeed politicians.”

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