Quarterly Rhapsody: Rating Books

We love reading books. Unfortunately, we don’t love all the books that we read. Every book is obviously different, catering to various people with various tastes. People’s taste on books depends on a lot of factors, which would take more discussions than I have in mind. They also have different sets of criteria in judging books. When I say judging books, I merely mean rating them. Giving them the number of stars…

The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga

Date Started: June 25, 2011. 6 PM. In front of a blaring TV. I seem to notice a trend among the Booker winners of the second half of 21st century’s first decade. But that’s not really what I am going to put here. I am just saying. Despite the distraction coming from the TV, I was able to get the hang of the book. I find it funny, thanks to…

Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser

Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer – Steven Millhauser

Intro After writing about nonfiction for the last three weeks, this comes to me as a new break. Perhaps I tired myself reading those essays back in college. I also distinctly remember forming a mission inside my head to read all the Pulitzer books that I was able to hoard, and I began that, or rather resumed it, with Martin Dressler. I resumed my Pulitzer reading with this because of its number…

Ragtime – E. L. Doctorow

Date Started: May 20, 2011. 2 PM. On the train. I don’t know why I have been underestimating this work for so long. Now I am just glad to find myself wrong. It’s always a good feeling to see revelation in things, in books and writers particularly. And I’m already done with the first part of the book. This is going to be delicious.

How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays by Umberto Eco

How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays – Umberto Eco

Intro After I adored Sedaris and sort of got tired of him, I went over to Eco. He is also a humorous writer, but I think there is a vast distance between his talent and that of the other’s. It is hard to see his humor coming, so one may end up farting while laughing. Speaking of farting, this biological process is what drove me to try Eco. I was reading one of, ahem,…

One Of Ours – Willa Cather

Who bought it: Me. What is it: It looks like a war novel. My copy has a watercolor painting of a soldier. Okay, I know it’s not good to judge a book by its cover, but again, I didn’t bother reading the blurb. When: June 6, 2011 Where: Book Sale – Walter Mart Munoz Why: It’s a Pulitzer winner. It’s really old, almost a hundred years old. I already gave…

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim – David Sedaris

Intro If you’ve been following this blog closely, you will realize that I picked this up right after finishing Me Talk Pretty One Day. I have this habit of fangirling over stuff that got me. A victim of this habit is Sedaris. Or maybe I am the victim? Either way, the fangirling usually doesn’t last. It rarely lasts. Thus said, this is the last Sedaris book that I read. Why is that?…