Month: October 2013

F2F22: Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

TFG’s Book of the Month for October: Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

Tigana Face to Face Book Discussion Details: Date: October 26, 2013 Place: Dome, Eastwood Mall, Quezon City Time: 3 PM to 7 PM Discussion Leader: Aaron and JL Attendees: Me, Alexa, Beejay, Bennard, Cary, Gwaxa (newbie), Ingrid, Joy, Louize, Mabelle and daughter (newbie), Mae, Maria, Meliza (newbie), Monique, Ranee, Rhena, Tina, Veronica, Ycel, Zim Food I Ate: Butter and maple waffle, ripe mango shake Post-discussion Activity: The format of the discussion was in itself a long activity. We were divided into three teams where we had to challenge the other teams to conquer their territories on the game board (filled with twists and strategies). After the Book Discussion: Coffee at the nearby Starbucks, then dinner at a bar/resto (I was not table to take note of the name; it’s above Rufo’s). Other Nominated Books: Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie and Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson Thoughts from the Members: [From Ycel:] A good standalone high fantasy novel. Plus you don’t have to wait years to know the ending. Take that, GRRM. Photos courtesy of Mae. Advertisements

October Hoards

O. A. – October Acquisitions

  I’d just like to post my book acquisitions for the month. It’s integral not only to this blog but also to my pseudo-accounting. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf – I’ll be rereading this since I picked this as one of the nominees for the book discussion in May next year (yes, I volunteered again). The theme that I selected is modernist novels. (USD 8.56, October 1, The Book Depository) The Trial by Franz Kafka – Ditto. (USD 9.82, October 2, The Book Depository) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner – And ditto. (USD 12.72, October 3, The Book Depository) If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino – I’ve meant to get a copy of this for a long time. (Php 180.00, October 3, Book Sale – SM Megamall) Jump and Other Stories by Nadine Gordimer – The cover got me. (Php 50.00, October 3, Book Sale – SM Megamall) The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust – I just have to wait for 2018 for the rest of these Penguin Deluxe editons …

Filipino ReaderCon 2013 – Filipino Friday 3: The Pinoy Book Drop

The 3rd installment of the Filipino Friday, a meme that is a sort of preparation for this year’s Filipino Reader Conference, is an interactive activity called The Pinoy Book Drop. It’s basically leaving a favorite book (and yes, as the title implies, you can actually drop the books) anywhere. Did I or did I not participate? Did you participate in the Pinoy Book Drop? If yes: –  First, kindly detail all the books that you have dropped, and where and when you dropped them. – Next: tell us all about your experience. How did you feel before and after you dropped the books? How did you choose the places where you dropped them? Did you check back and see if the books were still there? Do you have any idea who might have found them? If no: – Tell us about your most memorable or favorite book hunting experience. Have you ever found a book in a most unexpected place? If you find a dropped book somewhere, what would you do with it? Where do you …

Filipino ReaderCon 2013 – Filipino Friday 2: Kids and Books

We still have 22 days left before the 3rd Filipino Reader Conference. So instead of counting, let’s do the 2nd installment of this year’s Filipino Fridays. The topic? Here it is: What were your favorite books as a kid or while you were growing up? Do you still read children’s books? If you could give your younger self a book to read, what would it be? My favorite books as a kid are fairy tales and comic books! I devoured Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, plus the X-Men Adventures (basically the comic book version of the cartoon series). Then I started buying fairy tales from the school supplies section of the neighborhood supermarket. I also collected those Nido milk fairy tales. There’s also this book called Children around the World. I got it from an aunt’s book shelf. It’s a collection of short stories about children from different countries and culture. I even memorized the opening poem and recited it during one talent show at my elementary school (Some children are brown like newly baked …

Filipino ReaderCon 2013 – Filipino Friday 1: Hello, Reader!

Filipino Friday is back! This is a meme that surfaces every time the Filipino Reader Conference activities are commenced. Okay, I actually copied that first sentence from last year’s post. Too lazy to think of something to open this post. Meh. Let’s get straight to this week’s topic, shall we? Hello, Reader! Let’s get to know you, and more importantly, what kind of reader are you? Laura E. Kelly released an infographic about Reader species — under what Domain/Class/Family/Genus/Species do you fall under? Give examples, and feel free to talk about why you belong to that species. Who knows, you may find readers in your own genus. ;) Let’s do a sudden death for every reader species, shall we? I’ll immediately strike out the species once the description starts to undescribe the kind of reader that I am. Compulsive: Books as Love Objects – Cherished The OCD Reader – You never loan books… The Book Preserver – Like books to look as though they’re untouched by human hand. No bending back pages… The Book Worshipper – Treat books like trophies, …

Books to Read: October 2013

Books to Read: October 2013

It’s the last quarter of the year and I am going to shake things up a bit. Actually, I’m going to tone things down because if I keep on stacking books that I know I wouldn’t be able to touch within the month, I can kiss my reading goal goodbye as early as now. I know quantity matters less than quality but my obsessive-compulsive self wouldn’t let go of it. So in an attempt to manage my reading, here’s the stack that’s in store for me this month. The Left Stack (books I must read and finish): Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace – from May. Currently on page 258. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – from January. Currently on page 575. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay – our book of the month. This copy was lent to me lest I kill the moderator. Of course, I wouldn’t do that. I think I have a higher tolerance for fantasy novels than crime or mystery novels. The Right Stack (books I have finished): Are You There God? …