Month: July 2012

I haven't touched them yet.

The First and the Recent

My stripey collection is growing. I still need two more to complete my Kazuo Ishiguro striped set. And I wish Never Let Me Go will also have its own striped version. Anyway, here are the new additions in my book shelf and in my new place. Hurray! Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro – the most recent Ishiguro book. It was given by our very generous friend Aldrin last July 28 during our book discussion. It used to have this “travelling book” sticker on the front cover but I took it off. Good thing the adhesive isn’t stubborn. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro – the first Ishiguro book. I bought it yesterday, July 30, at Powerbooks – Greenbelt 3 for Php 515.00. It’s so fresh! I haven’t taken it out of its plastic wrap yet. Well, I slipped it out a little so that I could take off the price sticker. Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal – I also bought it yesterday at National Book Store – Greenbelt 1 for Php 196.00. It’s …

The Filipino ReaderCon 2012 Filipino Friday 2: School of Reading

Filipino Friday is a meme in celebration of the upcoming Filipino Reader Conference. And here’s this week’s topic (no time for a lengthy introduction this time): July 27 – School of Reading. We all started reading somewhere, and more often than not, we were influenced by someone. Who got you into reading? Your parents? A friend? A librarian? One teacher who always lends out his/her books? How helpful was your school in helping your reading habit/fueling your book addiction? Who got you into reading? – Hmm, no one really. I just realized one day in college that I have to read books outside the requirements of school. I felt that I needed to do it lest my brains stagnate from boredom. How I came to that realization has to do with my discovery of Book Sale. You see, in my hometown, the first time that a Book Sale branch opened was only in 2004. When I checked out the books, I realized that I could read a lot of good books without having to spend much …

First set of books for July

After the Bad Weather

I resolved not to buy any books until I move out, but I just can’t help dropping by book stores for two weeks. It’s like having withdrawal symptoms from methamphetamines or going cold turkey, and it’s not like I am hoarding. Actually, it’s hard to hoard now because my books-to-hunt list is narrowing month after month. Amidst the bad weather and uncontrollable flood, here are what I got for the past two weeks. Steps by Jerzy Kosinsky (July 14, 2012, Book Sale – Robinson’s Midtown, Php 115.00) I am curious about Kosinsky. Something’s telling me that I will like his works. I have always been rescheduling The Painted Bird in my reading plan, and whenever I do that, it’s always with regret. So yes, while waiting for my bookish friends, I looked around and found his National Book Award winner. I didn’t have second thoughts, just because of that gut feeling I have for him. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster (July 21, 2012, Book Sale – Farmer’s Plaza, Php 50.00) My …

After the Birthday Party: Tales of Love, Loss, Hope, and Regret

Beautiful, Beautiful Memories – After the Birthday Party

This is a surprise. I didn’t consider adding our little book of memories here at Goodreads. Yes, I said “our” because this is not my work. I may be attributed as the Author, which I changed to Editor, but it really is the collective effort of my beloved friends at our book club, The Filipino Group. The project was sparked by the reading of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day. Miss Kenton said to Mr Stevens that we cannot be forever dwelling on the what-ifs and could-have-beens. One has to move on. But aren’t there occasions when we sit over a cup of cocoa, watch the pouring rain, and relive our unforgettable, and sometimes painful, memories? I thought it was an easy task. We all have our memories, and what better material does a writer have than the unique experiences that he or she has gathered through the years? Yes, reminiscing our tales of love, loss, hope, and regret isn’t so hard in itself, but the associated feelings complicate the act. Putting them on …

Fellowship Bookmarks!

TFG’s Book of the Month for June – The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

This post, again, is way too late, but as I mentioned before, I don’t intend to make these posts on time. For what reason, you might ask. First, there’s the question of time. I am either too lazy or too swamped up with work. As one commenter pointed out, I’d do anything not to do anything. Second, there’s the question of resources. I don’t bring my camera during such events, so I rely on other members to upload the photos. And then I steal them. I don’t exactly steal them because I always acknowledge the owner of the photos, right? Anyway, June’s discussion was a little rowdy for there were a lot of participants. Also, there were a lot of newbies who attended, which is a feat for our book club. Perhaps this is because of the book’s popularity among various types of readers, and maybe because I think we are doing pretty well in making those lurkers come out in the open, no? The discussion of the book is light and fun. This was …

The Sunday Salon – July 23, 2012

What I Did Not Read

I’ve been on a sort of reading hiatus but it’s not something that I did consciously. I haven’t really read for a whole week, and now that I think of it, it’s not the lack of motivation or anything like that, but it’s just plain flooding of random stuff. Let me enumerate: Monday – I spent all night checking out the new place that I will be moving to. Yes, I am moving this coming Sunday, and I am a little worried because I don’t know what to do with my books and book shelf. Tuesday – I spent all night writing questions for our book discussion. Just in case you haven’t been visiting here, I am this month’s appointed discussion leader of our club’s book of the month. Wednesday – I spent all night editing videos. Not really editing, but chopping some snippets here and there. What are these for? Well, they are video clips from the adaptation of The Remains of the Day. I thought it would be nice to add clips before …

The Filipino ReaderCon 2012 Filipino Friday 1: Introductions

Filipino Friday is back! This is a meme that surfaces every time the Filipino Reader Conference activities are commenced. Of course, I’m joining. I remember last year that I used to post my contributions after the weekend just because I have scheduled posts every Friday. But now, since I post anything any day, I can make sure the Filipino Friday entries are on time. Enough of that. So here’s this week’s topic: July 20 – Introductions. As with every start of a weekly meme, we need to know a bit about you! Talk about your top 3-5 (or more!) favorite books of all time, the genres you read and would never read, the books that surprised you this year. You can also talk about how you became a reader and why you love it so much! And finally, if you were in the ReaderCon last year, talk about your experience too! If you weren’t there, but you’re planning to go this year, then what do you expect for the upcoming ReaderCon? A bit about me: …