Month: November 2013

I got a little teary-eyed today

Because of our book club. I wonder what I did to deserve to meet such a wonderful bunch of people. I met people I have similar tastes in books, and I could talk to them for hours about the books that we recently read. We did buddy reads (or read-alongs as most book blogs call it). We also put under our respective radars the recommendations that we have for each other. It’s a great thing that you get to rattle on about the things that you are passionate about with the people who share the same passion. It’s the same with other interests, but I daresay that a shared interest in books brings a more intellectual sheen to it because books, although not for the genius, provide more room for thoughts and opinions. I met people I enjoy talking with. I realize that sometimes, we talk of the variations of the same stuff, but nonetheless, all of these talks are fun. Subjects range from light to heavy, tones would be from bantering to serious. Sometimes, …

Filipino ReaderCon 2013 – Filipino Friday 5: What Do Readers Want?

This is supposed to be the last Filipino Friday for this year. Is it? I cannot answer, really, but I am sure of this: the 3rd Filipino Reader Conference is rescheduled on December 7 because of a super typhoon. I don’t know about the rest of the world, but we are so used to meeting natural calamities that our spirit, at least my spirit, is taking this typhoon calmly and with hope in my heart. So keep calm and join a meme, you guys! We need to do a recount, so instead of one more sleep, we have 32 more sleeps left before this big bookish event. And oh, here’s this week’s topic : What do readers want? What’s your favorite genre/reading material? Who is your favorite author (local or foreign)? What kinds of books would you like to see more of from local authors or publishers? What is your favorite book from a Filipino author? What do readers want? – Books! Silly answer, I know. Or is this even one of the questions? What’s your favorite genre/reading material? – I like …

Books to Read: November 2013

Books to Read: November 2013

Whoa! I am not going to read all these books for November alone. Actually, these are the books that I finished (just a couple) and that I plan to read for the remaining days of the year. Why am I doing it differently this time? Because, sadly, I am saying goodbye to monthly reading plans next year. This is another change that I am experiencing as a reader. I just feel like picking whatever piques my curiosity, which is the case with Marcel Proust. Who knows, I might become a more prolific reader if I just pick books that I feel like reading at the moment. And who knows, I might return planning what I want to read. Anyway, I am very excited with my picks for the last quarter year (which I all hope to finish so that I could complete my third Goodreads Reading Challenge). I have selected books from Nobel laureates, some modernist novels, the last two books of the month, and the spillover tomes. Here they are: The Left Stack (books …

Filipino ReaderCon 2013 – Filipino Friday 4: Going Digital

It’s only a slightly over a week before the Filipino Reader Conference. Yay! And here’s the penultimate installment of this year’s Filipino Fridays: Do you try other formats of books beside the print ones? What has been your experience with different book formats? I haven’t experienced e-books. Ever. I don’t have an e-reader not because I am a snob but because I think it’s not practical for me to get one, considering that I have nearly 350 unread paper books screaming for my attention. I know how convenient e-books could be, but there’s something in me that tells me to finish all those in my TBR (or at least significantly trim them down) first before I get an e-reader. But I have tried audio books (or is it audiobooks?), though only on books that I love. This means that I usually reread on audio. It’s a wonderful experience. You want to know a secret? Every time I read, there’s a silent narrator inside my head, which makes my reading so slow. Even if I jump ahead …