Month: December 2012

2012's last stack

Possibly my last book haul for the year

This is not exactly a book haul; it’s more of an accumulation of the little purchases that I made for this month. I decided not to include them in my stack of gifts from the previous post because those are gifts and these aren’t. I know, I know, books are, in a sense, gifts, but you know what I mean, right? The accountant in my brain tells me to list down these books, and here they are: Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence (November 28, Book Sale – Makati Square) – I forgot to include this in one of my previous posts (the one where I claimed prizes), so I am putting it here. This is already my third Lawrence book and yet, I haven’t read any of his works. I admit I am a little intimidated because of the sheer length of his works. Php 145.00. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust (December 3, National Book Store – Glorietta 1) – I used my NBS gift certificate for this. Yes, this is the first volume …

The Attendees of the Twelfth TFG Face to Face Book Discussion + TFG Christmas Party

TFG’s Book of the Month for December: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

This year, our book club decided to hold monthly discussions of books selected through offline votes and online polls. At first, I was reluctant to give my “aye” to these because I didn’t like the idea of reading books that aren’t on my reading list. It was fortunate that the first ever book that we selected for the monthly discussions was 1984 by George Orwell. It’s a book that I already read and liked, and who would’ve thought that this would keep going for the rest of 2012? I am happy to say that I didn’t regret reading the books of the month and attending their respective discussions. It made me a more diverse and disciplined reader, not to mention that it bumped up my social life to good heights. So when we finally came down to our last book for 2012, there were just a lot of good feelings going on despite the downs that our book club went through. There were definitely ups that overpowered those not so good times, so yes, it …

Will you hazard a guess?

The Best Reads of 2012

I’ll be doing this now since we only have ten days left before 2013 enters. My 2012 reading is pretty much done; I’m still in the middle of the book that I abandoned a few months back and it looks like it’s not going to make it to my list. I present this case: I wouldn’t have abandoned it if I really got hooked into it. So regardless of my rating for that book once I finish it, it would still not make it to the top due to that point. I still have a Miss Universe hangover from yesterday so I’ll be doing this list little differently this time. And oh, I have redressed my blog. I’m sure you have noticed it, but this is only temporary. Or maybe not. I will do a full redress next year, which is oh, just a few weeks ahead. I digress, yes. Out of the 53 books that I read in 2012, I will pick the top 16. You think this is an easy job? It’s not. …

TFG’s Year in Posters

2012 is nearly coming to its end. Our book club has even recently finished discussing this year’s last book of the month, which deserves an entirely different post. In the unlikely event that the Mayans got their calculations right, I would like to take this opportunity to sort of honor the lovely event posters that the 12 discussion leaders have prepared in line with the monthly book discussions. Without further ado, here they are. Click the thumbnails to view the large version of the images. Enjoy! Lovely, aren’t they? And just for the sake of fun, what is your favorite poster regardless of the book? Please select one from the list below. It’s my first time to post a poll on my blog (hurrah!) so I would appreciate it if you participate. Thanks! And tada! Here’s our new shiny logo. Credits go to my office mate who shall remain unnamed. He requested not to let people know that he designed this logo. Still, if you, dear office mate, are reading this, a lot of people …

The discussion leader looks very regal in her black top.

TFG’s Book of the Month for November: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

I think this is my last chance to post something about last month’s book of the month because tomorrow, we’ll be holding our group’s last book discussion for this year. In addition, we’ll also be celebrating our annual Christmas party. Books, food, drinks, and company should be really fun, right? Anyway, last month’s theme was horror. I’m not not used to reading horror novels, so I just voted for the most popular book among the members of the group, which is Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian. Had I known that this book would eat away half of my November reading, I might not have voted for it. However, changing my vote would not have mattered because The Historian won almost unanimously. Anyway, I tried my best to participate in the online discussions. I think I posted my answers to the questions real late, and I do hope that the moderator, our dear Buddy Monique, didn’t mind. In fact, I felt that she knew that I was not really enjoying the book she was going to discuss. …

The Classics Club Monthly Meme: December 2012

It’s that time of the month again where I check out my meme schedule. I actually follow only one regular meme, and that’s the one hosted at The Classics Club. Here is this month’s topic: What is your favorite memory of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol? Have you ever read it? If not, will you? Why should others read it rather than relying on the film adaptions? Uhm, why is this month’s theme so specific? Doesn’t it want me to participate? Apparently, I haven’t read A Christmas Carol or any other Dickens novel for this matter. What a shame! Yes I know, I should bump Dickens up in my TBR list but there are just so many books that keep screaming for my attention. Also, there’s my so-called life getting in the way. I don’t know if I am going to read A Christmas Carol because the Dickens novels that I wish to read are Great Expectations, Bleak House, and The Pickwick Papers. I haven’t seen the film adaptation, but I think one can just watch it. …

Some film adaptations that I was able to watch

Quarterly Rhapsody: Film Adaptations

Just this week, Cloud Atlas started showing here in the Philippines. When I first heard that the Wachowskis and Tykwer were filming this with a stellar cast, I dismissed it as nothing more than a rumor. How could they adapt the novel into a feature film? But oh no, I was wrong. News articles on the Internet kept coming with updates regarding the cast, the production dates, and finally, the premiere of the film at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. I went to see it alone on the first day of its local run. I didn’t have any expectations but I was giddy with excitement because if you haven’t noticed yet, I’m a huge fan of David Mitchell. Anything that has to do with the author puts me on a good mood. I went to the cinema expecting that the directors will have a different take on the novel, and guess what? I ended up liking it. I am not a follower of the directors’ movies. In fact, I’ve only seen Tykwer’s Run …