Month: June 2011

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 you think it deserves is an act of judging, which may or may not affect other readers. One may give a high rating to a certain book just because he loves the genre it falls under. Another may do the same just because he adores the author. And so on. So how do I rate my books? I loosely base my system on rating books from the descriptive text that has on its rating system. For those of you who are not familiar with the site, I am strongly suggesting you to create an account to expand your reading horizon. Anyway, to make things …

A Farewell To Arms – Ernest Hemingway

Who bought it: Me. What is it: A driver and a nurse falling in love in the midst of the war. Hmm. When: June 10, 2011 Where: Books for Less – SM Mall of Asia Why: It’s been years since I read a work by Hemingway. I think it’s time that I should follow it up with this one. That is, if I could squeeze it in. How much: Php 99.00

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

Who bought it: Me. What is it: It’s about this middle-aged, or even older, man lusting after a young teenager. When: June 10, 2011 Where: Power Books – SM Mall of Asia Why: I have always been intrigued by this. And it looks like a really good selection. How much: Php 437.50, with 30% discount.

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 the ironies and sarcasms all through out. Same with The Gathering, I feel like this is something that I could write if I could just really write. This is not to say that I am a master of ironies. But I think I am quite good with sarcasms.

The Remains Of The Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

Who bought it: Me. What is it: Uhm, is this about a butler? When: June 10, 2011 Where: Book Sale – SM Mall of Asia Why: I already have a copy of this one, but mine is an old mass market that could have been used as a tissue paper. This new copy is a trade paperback from one of my favorite publishing houses. And I really enjoyed Ishiguro’s most recent work, Never Let Me Go, so I hope I could read this soon. How much: Php 75.00

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 of pages. It is not very long. It can actually be read over the weekend if one can just keep his focus. But as it usually happens, I was out of focus for some reason. Does it have to do with my then busy college life or does it have to do with the book alone? The Rhapsody Martin Dressler is simply a rags-to-riches story. Well, it doesn’t strictly end with riches. It’s about this poor boy who amassed a huge lump of fortune in the hotel industry. The title describes our protagonist as a dreamer. He did dream. Not only did he do that, …