The toddler got me

Extra Copies and Recommendations

May is not a good month for me as far as book shopping is concerned. Really, I haven’t been going around book stores recently for this a financially difficult month for me. Let’s stop right there, but if you are concerned, I am slowly recovering, yes. Even so, I could barely find anything that interests me when the urge to snoop around book stores becomes unbearable. The case, as usual,…

I think I have this.

eatmebookiebloggie! – Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

Who is Lionel (line-all) Essrog? Here’s his life story, up to some point: My life story to this point: The teacher looked at me like I was crazy. The social services worker looked at me like I was crazy. The boy looked at me like I was crazy and then hit me. The girl looked at me like I was crazy. The woman looked at me like I was crazy. The black homicide detective looked…

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

A Transition – Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

Let me first say that I did not love this just because David Mitchell wrote it. If you really want to know, I think this novel is a departure from the Mitchell that most readers are acquainted with, the one who is daring and experimental and form-defying. This one is a little tame and somehow timid. Some readers might even find disappointment in this novel if they are expecting a…

The loudest advice

Spoiler Alert! – How to Read Novels Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

I’ve borrowed this book from a bookish friend more than a month ago and I’ve been reading a few chapters of it whenever I’ve already met the minimum reading quota for the day. So yes, I have a reading quota, and yes, I’ve been slugging through this book. Which is fine because I get to sink into the pieces of advice that the author has regarding reading novels properly. By…

Jumpy, shifting narratives

The Importance of Having a Book Buddy – The Land of Green Plums by Herta Müller

Okay, I’m already done with this so it doesn’t really fit in the category of “Reading”, right? I’m making an exception with this book since I’ve read this along with my favorite reading buddy, Atty. Monique. Instead of putting what I thought of the book, I’m going to plagiarize, I mean mention, some of my book buddy’s thoughts on the book. From Day 1: *wipes the blood slowly gushing from…

April's Book of the Month

TFG’s Book of the Month for April – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

I am always reminded of my planned write-ups regarding our book club’s discussions when the next one is just a few days in the offing. So yes, this is, again, a little outdated, but what can I do? I have a job to do and some books to read and sleep hours to complete. And I’ll stop whining now and move on. April’s theme was classics. Jane Eyre won the…

These are pretty important books

The necessity of these books

Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams by Alexander McCall Smith – It is necessary to have this book because the Celtic god is my namesake. I’ve been longing to have a copy of this for that reason. Our bookish friend, Doc Ranee, promised to give me this book, and yes, although the promise was delayed for almost five months, it’s now a promise fulfilled. Promises are never broken; they remain…

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

The black slaves and their blacker master – The Known World by Edward P. Jones

There is a tall stack of literature that deals with slavery. There’s Toni Morrison, there’s William Faulkner, there’s even Mark Twain. So when I was looking for something to read, it was only with apprehension when I held this novel, yet another one on slavery. There’s a lot to say about people owning people, but what of black people owning their own black people? This is a new take on…

This is how old the characters are

Am I exploring young adult fiction too late? – Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

I just recently entered the late twenties and I find it strange to be reading young adult fiction. Just to clarify things, I have nothing against YA fiction or people who read it. I have a number of bookish friends who love it and we still are friends. We don’t even try to convert each other, although I imagine that there’s a secret hope within us, that we explore each…

The dreaded number

Surely, a monster does not speak that eloquently? – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I always thought of Frankenstein as a green-skinned monster with giant screws at his temples. This is what I gather from video games. So it baffles me why my edition shows the image of a fair man standing on a mountain peak and gazing at the nearby mountains covered in mist. That’s because Frankenstein is not a monster. Not the monster. Frankenstein is a nerd who is so excellent at…

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

An age I don’t want to live in – The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

I know I am incurring some form of literary sacrilege by failing to appreciate this novel. I remember reading this holding my breath at every stop of a conversation because I feel that the characters are holding their breaths as well lest they do something against their will, rather, something against the expectations imposed on them by their society. You see, the characters are rich New Yorkers who visit each…

The first batch of my 28th year

Book Sale Tour

I noticed last week that most Book Sale branches were displaying new books, so yes, I went through five cities visiting some of my favorite stores. Unfortunately, since I am becoming a terribly picky shopper, I wasn’t able to haul as much as  I backpack can hold. Let me just clarify that I did not do the shopping all at once. I still have my work and my other worries…

The last hearing

There are places darker than a prison cell – Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

Reading the blurb reminds me so much of George Orwell’s 1984. Keywords like revolution, torture, Party, and totalitarian are enough, but this is not a dystopian novel. It’s a political drama that focuses on Rubashov, a middle-aged revolutionary who is arrested at the dead of the night and taken to a dark prison cell. Here, he is interrogated. Well actually, it is less of that than being asked to sign…

Books To Read: May 2012

Books To Read: May 2012

Argh. When will I ever finish my monthly reading plan? I’m always behind, and this time, it’s worse. I’ve only finished two of my required readings last month, which is not really alarming because these two are quite thick. The other two I can finish easily, probably within a week? And what of Ulysses? I decided to read at least one episode a week. Or maybe I could do two…