Month: September 2013

F2F21: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

TFG’s Book of the Month for September: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita Face to Face Book Discussion Details Date: September 28, 2013 Place: Cafe Noriter, Malate, Manila Time: 3 PM to 6 PM Discussion Leaders: Me and Mae Attendees: Aaron, Bennard, Ella, Louize, Maria, Monique (with newbie Allie), Ranee, Tina, Veronica, Zim Food I Ate: Noriter sandwich (it has ham and eggs and pickles and some stuff I didn’t bother to check), raspberry iced tea, kiwi smoothie, cake pops, chocolates from Tina and Jam (hello!). Post-discussion Activity: Lolita book cover design. Here are the entries (copyrights revert to the individual owners of each book cover design): After the Book Discussion: Extended stay at the cafe. Other Nominated Books: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago No reviews from the members are available as of this moment. Even I don’t have one. Yet. :D Photos courtesy of Ella.

The dog is as happy as I am.

Channeling Desiderius Erasmus: A Weekend of Splurging

There is nothing philosophical in this post unless one wants to ponder the philosophy of book hoarding. So I got a little money and I bought books; and whatever was left, I bought food and clothes. This sentence is the only thing that has something to do with the 16th century figure. I feel that I have to talk about this because it’s the first time that I have spent so much on books on a single weekend, and that practically is my rent money. Nine new shiny books that I probably would not read anytime soon and that currently occupy the bedroom book shelf (for there is a mezzanine book shelf that I like showing off to pest controllers and visitors, heh). This is not a phenomenal thing, but what I would like to know is how much is too much when it comes to book buying. Of course, one has to consider the background of the book hoarder. Do you have the means? I have a job. Do you have financial obligations? I do, …

I am a budding DFW fan.

An advertisement, and some books

Karen of BookerTalk, one of the many great blogs that I follow, has kindly featured me in her blog feature The View from Here. If you are interested to read about my take on the local literary scene, please click this link: Bookish thoughts from the Philippines. I know I am not the perfect person to do this kind of talk, but hey, however myopic my insights on Philippine literature are, I think they might still be of help to widen one’s perspective on world literature. Feel free to discuss about what I wrote about there, although I prefer that we discuss it over there. The advertisement is over (this is the third time that posted something like this; the first two were from The Spark Project and What I Read). We are now back to regular programming. The 34th Manila International Book Fair at the SM Mall of Asia Convention Center is a bookish event that a Filipino book nut cannot afford to miss. I thought of not going because I don’t have anything …

F2F20: Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

TFG’s Book of the Month for August: Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

Tall Story Face to Face Book Discussion Details: Date: August 31, 2013 Place: Sophie’s Mom, McKinley Hill, Taguig City Time: 2 PM to 6 PM Discussion Leader: Biena Attendees: Me, Aaron, Alexa, Ayban, Billy, Cary, Clai, Ella, JL, Louize, Monique, Patrick, Phoebe, Ranee, Sheryl, Tina, Veronica, Zim (newbie) Food I Ate: Hot choco and velvet cake, courtesy of Biena, and apple juice Post-discussion Activity: Sharing of photos and stories about one’s siblings. After the Book Discussion: Dinner at the nearby B & T Mexican Kitchen, then hang out at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf – Emerald. I know, the two places aren’t in the same city. Other Nominated Books: Ermita by F. Sionil Jose and Naermyth by Karen Francisco Thoughts from the Members: [From Camille:] A lovely, heart-warming story about a boy from the province who ends up coming home to his family in London. I love how it breathes of provincial superstitions and modern living. The myth of Bernardo Carpio takes a special place in these pages, while family love is featured heavily next to …

Books to Read: September 2013

Books to Read: September 2013

Hey, I’m still alive! It’s just that I’ve been out of the loop because of work load and lack of a stable Internet connection. I’ve been waiting for nearly a month for one of our national providers to get me connected, but still, there’s no follow-up from them. Welcome to the Philippines. Anyway, here’s the stack of books that I intend to read. The Left Stack (books I want to read soon and books I need to read soon): Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume – don’t judge me. This is from the Time’s 100 Novels. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler – also from Time Magazine. The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis – from June. The Homecoming by Harold Pinter – a Nobel laureate. I would love to read something by Seamus Heaney, another Nobelist who died a few days ago, but I don’t have anything by him. So I guess this would do? The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – something for the Classics Club. …