Number9Dream – David Mitchell

Who bought it: Me. What is it: It’s about this Japanese boy who is looking for his father. Okay, now I’m not so sure. I really didn’t read the blurb. I just went to the fiction section, looked for Mitchell, saw the book, pulled it out of the shelf, and marched to the counter. When: April 25, 2011 Where: Fully Booked – SM Clark Why: I buy books to mark…

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

Date Started: April 21, 2010. 2:30 AM. I know I already seem like a rabid fan, posting this book under three different categories, namely Wish List, Book Shelf, and Currently Reading. So it can be assumed that I have high expectations, and I am glad to announce that these expectations were rightly met. And after just one chapter, I am thinking of buying all his books. Hopefully, I could find…

The Reader – Bernhard Schlink

Who bought it: A GR-Filipinos member. I think she’s the one I was able to persuade in reading War And Peace. What is it: All I know is that the movie adaptation has Kate Winslet in it. I also think she won an Oscar for her performance in this one. When: April 10, 2011 Where: Racks – El Pueblo, Pasig City Why: Nobody seemed to want it. It’s as simple as that.…

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

Who bought it: Me! What is it: It’s a novel with six interlocking narratives. Interesting enough for me to post it here as a wish list. It’s now a wish come true! When: April 16, 2011 Where: National Book Store – SM Megamall Why: Again, I’m joining a reading group for this book. I was actually forced to buy it because the start date was set earlier than expected. I went to Power…

The Gathering – Anne Enright

Date Started: April 18, 2011. 3:15 AM. It is the worst-rated book in my current to-read list, according to the ratings at GR. However, that did not dissuade me from reading it. It is just a little annoying that the protagonist went on at great length to describe the meeting of the supposed lovers of 1925 then end up by saying that they did not end up marrying each other.…

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Date Started: April 15, 2011. 4 AM. Really bad start. I found the writing distasteful, and I couldn’t really understand the scientific meanderings. And these are necessary in a novel set in the future. I carried on although I couldn’t really be bothered to backtrack. There should be something good in this if people are hailing this is a monumental piece of dystopian work. Or maybe it is just overrated?

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

Who bought it: A GR-Filipinos member. What is it: I have no idea. The original owner said that it is one of her all-time favorite books. When: April 10, 2011 Where: McDonald’s – El Pueblo, Pasig City Why: I participated in this book swap with a twist. I think it’s called the White Elephant swap. A leader draws lots. The person who gets to be picked first chooses a book from the participants’ pile…

The Grapes Of Wrath – John Steinbeck

Who bought it: A GR-Filipinos member. Actually, one of the moderators. What is it: It’s supposed to be Steinbeck’s magnum opus. When: April 10, 2011 Where: Racks – El Pueblo, Pasig City Why: I already have a copy of this, but it’s a mass market paperback. And I could not resist trade paperbacks. So I swapped it. Yes, there’s a book swap, one of the activities of the meet up. What…

1984 by George Orwell

1984 – George Orwell

Intro There was a time when I claimed George Orwell to be my favorite author. I like his pessimism, which is not very surprising since I am, I think, a natural pessimist. And of course, I like this novel. I read this book mainly because I was born on the same year. What happened in 1984? What was supposed to happen in 1984? Although the cover of my copy is…

Atonement – Ian McEwan

Date Started: April 3, 2011. Around 9 PM in my room. I was not supposed to read this one yet, but when I saw that the book is being discussed for the month of April in an online book group, I jumped in. Besides, I have nothing really good to do so I might as well make my time useful. I raced through nine chapters. It’s almost a third of the…

The Stranger – Albert Camus

Date Started: April 1, 2011. Around 4 PM. On a bus. I never learn my lesson. I still read books on a bus. I can’t help it. So much time is wasted on buses. Hence, read while waiting to reach your destination. Actually, the version that I am reading is entitled The Outsider. It’s still the same. The protagonist’s mother dies. That’s the first sentence. Mother died today. And he…