Quarterly Rhapsody: Book Lists

There’s a list for almost everything. There are lists about the best movies, the best tourist destinations, the best of anything, general interests, eccentric interests, and yes, lists on our beloved books. What are these lists for anyway? For one, I could say that these lists are out there for recommendations. A reader who’s looking out to venture to new genres could pore through these book lists. In this aspect,…

Wide Open – Nicola Barker

Who bought it: Me. What is it: Looks like a small town novel that casts a girl with freaky organs. Middlesex, anyone? Besides, the title and book cover of clams wide open are hinting at something sexual. When: September 3, 2011 Where: Book Sale – Edsa Central Why: It’s an IMPAC winner. The blurb boasts of having beaten Cunningham, Morrison, and Roth. But really, I don’t know who Barker is.…

White Teeth – Zadie Smith

Who bought it: Me. What is it: The blurb doesn’t give much away. A family saga spanning three generations. Three themes: friendship, love, war. And three cultures. When: September 3, 2011 Where: Meet up with Jasper of Avalon.com.ph Why: It’s listed in Time’s Top 100. And the title intrigues me. White teeth are one of my frustrations. I have crooked, braced, not so white teeth. But I don’t think that…

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

Who bought it: Me. What is it: It’s about the breakdown of a talented woman. This seems like psychological drama at its finest. And I love such! Already, I am rooting for it. I hope to love it. When: September 3, 2011 Where: Meet up with Jasper of Avalon.com.ph Why: Plath is a poet. I’ve heard good things about her writings. And poets make wonderful, and richly complex, storytellers, so…

The Remains Of The Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

Date Started: September 22, 2011. 8:15 PM. Holy baloney! Yes, that was totally uncalled for, but I can’t help it. This book has just turned me into an official Ishiguro fan. I just got through page 100 and already, a lot of tears were already shed. Not that it’s overly dramatic, it just touched me to the core. I don’t think the reader can be left emotionally unscathed after reading…

The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier And Clay – Michael Chabon

Who bought it: Me. What is it: Comic books! I used to collect comic books as a kid, so this should be something that would unearth memories of comic book reading. When: September 3, 2011 Where: Meet up with Jasper of Avalon.ph Why: This must be the book that I wanted to have for the longest time. I always see this one at regular book stores with their regular prices.…

The Moviegoer – Walker Percy

Date Started: September 19, 2011. 10:15 PM. I’m already on the last dozen of books that I must finish reading for this year. This twelfth to the last starts pretty well, something about a 30-ish man who is searching for a meaning in his life. There also seems to be angst brewing in one of the characters, who described the happiest day of her life as the day after her…

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner

Intro I got acquainted with Faulkner when I borrowed this anthology of short stories in our college library. A Rose for Emily, yes, that’s it. It’s quite long for the average short story, but I like it so much that I made a mental note to buy a Faulkner novel. So this is my first Faulkner novel. And this is an altogether different experience from the Faulkner short story. If…

This Blinding Absence Of Light – Tahar Ben Jelloun

Who bought it: Me. What is it: It’s something about the politics in Northern Africa, the prison camps, and the horrifying tales that the prisoners experienced themselves. When: August 19, 2011 Where: Power Books – Shangri-La Why: I was intrigued with the high average rating of this book at GoodReads. An average rating that reaches 4.20 is something, and discovering that it’s sitting comfortably at 4.27, I just knew I…

ReaderCon Filipino Friday: Week 5

Filipino Friday is almost over. It’s actually over since it already is Monday. And it’s not really over because it will be returned to Filipino Book Bloggers, the original blog where it came from. And if you’ve only been visiting this blog because of my responses to the weekly meme, thanks for reading them. And thanks for posting your comments. And before we break out into a tear-jerker, please, please,…