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 …

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