Month: January 2013

F2F13: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

TFG’s Book of the Month for January: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 Face to Face Book Discussion Details: Date: January 19, 2013 Place: Figaro Coffee – Emerald, Ortigas Center, Pasig City Time: 2 PM to 5 PM Discussion Leader: Rollie Attendees: Me, Alexa, Alona, Bennard (late), Biena, Cary, Ingrid, JL, Louize, Mae, Maria, Po, Tina, Veronica, Wilfred Food I Ate: Pasta a la Carlo, iced tea Post-discussion Activity: Give a book title with a particular page and line from it that you want to be saved from burning. I selected Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace because I thought classic tomes like this are mostly likely the first books that will be grabbed by the firemen to burn. The page that I’d like to save contains this quote: “Love? What is love?” he thought. “Love hinders death. Love is life. Everything, everything I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is connected only by that. Love is God, and to die–means that I, a part of love, return to the common and eternal source.” These thoughts seemed comforting to him. But they were only thoughts. Something was lacking in them, there …

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Burn Baby Burn – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 is about books being burned by firemen. In the period when this book is set, the firemen’s job is not to save houses from being razed to the ground but to burn books as soon as the concerned citizens report suspicious neighbors who are in possession of books. However, we see one fireman, Guy Montag, slowly break away from his fiery job as soon as he discovers the importance and pleasure of reading through encounters with various people acquainted with books. I was really looking forward to reading this book. It’s my first Bradbury and I’ve heard a lot of good things about him especially after the news of his death hit my feed reader with frenzy. I don’t mind that it’s dated; it actually makes it more interesting. It’s like salvaging a piece of literature from obscurity. But after finishing it, I felt something was lacking. I don’t think that the book only persists because of hype; if ever there is, it is much deserved. I just feel that whatever it was …

The Good Book Review

What is a good book review?

Recently, I came across this article on the good book review at The Manila Review. Of course, our standards on judging book reviews are relative, but I find the article really nice. In fact, it is so good that I put the pointers at the footer of my blog so that I can refer to them when I feel that I’m not in the mood to do book write-ups, which has been common as of late. Hopefully I won’t be sued for plagiarism? We follow book blogs from the leading papers of the world to the most obscure blogs that we stumble upon during our Internet dawdling time. But how do you choose the book blogs that you follow or add on your feed readers? Me, I check out the list of books that the blogger reviewed (and this is why the review index is an important page of any book blog). Reading this list gives me an idea of the kinds of books that the blogger reads, and then I read a couple of …

Hage and Proust

First Books of 2013

I haven’t been buying books lately because I haven’t been visiting a lot of book stores lately. At the end of the day, I’m usually too tired that I just want to go home. But when I’m not too tired to walk around aimlessly at book stores, I couldn’t find anything to my liking. I take that as a good thing because a.) I have a lot of unread books waiting, and b.) I can save some money for other things. Last year, I have dutifully recorded my book shopping details. I’d like to do that again, but this time, I’d like to see the year-to-date cost of my book splurges just because I want to know that little detail. Book lovers don’t really mind the cost of books, but yes, I’m being OC for the moment. [De Niro’s Game: Php 100.00, January 18, Fully Booked – Marquee Mall] De Niro’s Game is on sale. It’s originally priced at Php 568.00, so I took this IMPAC winner. It looks like it’s about war. The cover …

Beach Book

In which I post something quite irrelevant

Because I want to try the post formats of this new theme that I’m using. You may run away now because I’ll be basically toying with the formatting while blabbering about random stuff. I purchased Watson just a few hours ago because I agree with the press release that it’s typographically pleasing. Also, I think that paying for a theme might really push me to get back to my reading and blogging. [This is an excerpt.] [This sidenote] is really one of those things in this theme that I’m very excited to use. I’m already thinking of ways on how to integrate them in my future book write-ups. And yes, this theme is a birthday gift to my blog. A few weeks delayed, I know, but I’ve been really busy. Just so you know, I was on vacation last week. Take a look at this: Of course, I wasn’t able to finish that book during that afternoon that I took a photo of it. There was just too much to do, like walking along the …

Movies, anyone?

It has been a little quiet lately

Because I don’t know what to blog about. Fine, I have my pending book write-ups, but I am too lazy to write them. I’m very worried because I am also too lazy to read lately (which is why I find it triumphant that I was able to read 30 pages in one sitting a few hours earlier). A couple of friends told me that I shouldn’t think too much of it because it will come back. I’d like to think that my reading session this afternoon and this blog post are signs that my enthusiasm for reading and blogging is coming back. Oops. No. I don’t think so. After typing the two paragraphs above, my mind is stuck. I can’t think of anything else to say. I wouldn’t bother asking you for tips on how to get over this slump. I will follow my friends’ words: it will come back. And yes, I think I need to focus. These past few weeks, I’ve been so distracted with movies. Blame the Oscars for this, but so far, …

Who's the winner?!

Our judge has made a decision

A few days ago, Book Rhapsody celebrated its 2nd birthday by making a list of reading and blogging resolutions, and asking for your suggestions. Happily, there are a few well-wishers, and here are their suggestions from the top of my head (please view full list at the birthday post): Alexa: Buy a random book based solely on the book blurbs. Bennard: Read shorter works when going through reading slumps. Monique: Come up with features posts about readers/bloggers. Peter: Do whatever comes out naturally. Maria: Keep it short and simple when there’s nothing to write anymore. Tina: Dare someone to read your favorite book and vice-versa. Thank you, well-wishers. Thank you, participants. Yes, I will try to do all of these. Now, if you read the birthday post, I mentioned that I will provide a counter-attack for each entry. I decided not to because I feel that these suggestions are all good (I will try to do them all) and because this week was just too busy for me to react against them. Heck, it’s even auspicious …