Month: December 2013

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge

The Best, the Honorable Mentions, and the Worst Reads of 2013

I am so glad to have finished my reading challenge of 52 books this year. And indeed, this has been a challenging year in reading and blogging. Blame it on the occasional reading ruts that I have gone through. This does not mean though that I didn’t get to read great books. In fact, there are a number of surprises for this year thanks to the “cheat reads” that I took off my shelf, just so I could reach 52. On the other hand, quantity should not supersede quality. Yes, I pulled out thin books from my shelf, but these are in the forms of novellas, plays, and poems, forms that I don’t usually read, so it’s not really cheating. As I’ve mentioned, there are surprises. I’ve prepared nothing fancy this time. No Top 12 (like in 2011), no elimination (like in 2012), just plain rants and raves on the books that I’ve read this year. The Best Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?; What We Talk About When We Talk About Love; Cathedral; Short Cuts …

F2F24: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

TFG’s Book of the Month for December: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Face to Face Book Discussion Details: Date: December 21, 2013 Place: New Manila, Quezon City Time: 3 PM to 12 MN Discussion Leaders: Professors Alexa and Cary Attendees: Me, Aaron, Aenna, Alona, Bennard, Clai, Ella, Gay, Gwaxa, Ingrid, Janus, Johan (newbie), Joy, Louize, Maria, Meliza, Monique, Patrick, Phoebe, Ranee, Rhena, Romuel (newbie), Ruby, Tina, Veronica, Ycel (with daughter Sam), Zim Food I Ate: A lot! What do you expect? It’s a book discussion + Christmas party. Post-discussion Activity: Awarding ceremony (Gryffindor wins the House Cup!). Actually, there are a lot of online activities (guide questions; online homework on Charms, Transfiguration, History of Magic, Herbology, Potions, and Defense against the Dark Arts; house tasks; guess the members of your House; the Common Rooms and the Great Hall; The Mayhem of 2013), so I guess the awarding ceremony suffices. And oh, I was the class valedictorian (yay!). Who would have thought that a first-time reader would be awarded with such a distinction? After the Book Discussion: Food, food, exchange gift (a blind version of the White Elephant exchange gift), The Annual TFG Quiz …

F2f23: The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

TFG’s Book of the Month for November: The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

The New York Trilogy Face to Face Book Discussion Details: Date: November 30, 2013 Place: Frankie’s New York Buffalo Wings, Julia Vargas Ave., Pasig City Time: 3 PM to 6 PM Discussion Leader: Aldrin Attendees: Me (after the discussion), Aaron, Aenna, Alexa, Bennard, Cary, Joy, Louize, Maria, Marie, Meliza, Rhena, Tina, Veronica, Zim Food I Ate: I wasn’t there during the discussion proper. It’s a first. Well. Post-discussion Activity: I think there was none? After the Book Discussion: Coffee at the nearby Starbucks, then dinner at JT’s Manukan. Other Nominated Books: Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer and Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco Thoughts from the Members: [From Emir:] The New York Trilogy is elusive in its form and meanings, but its impressions linger long after the last page is closed. [From Louize:] This is one of those rare books that work on many levels of mystery, philosophy, and drama.  While this was coined as trilogy, it was not written in that sense.  The stories were related thematically, rather than narrative or plot. Yet after reading, I realized that writing an individual reflection on …

Books to Read: December 2013

Books to Read: December 2013

These are the books that I finished last month and the last books that I’ll be reading this year. And, sadly, this is going to be my last reading plan, at least for the mean time. I’ve already mentioned something about this in a previous post. I’ve been quite busy, and as of late, I prefer reading whatever book that gets my attention right there and then. Besides, I’ll be working on a writing a project at the start of 2014. That is going to eat whatever’s left of my time, which isn’t much as one can see from the lack of posts on this blog. Actually, I’m already working on little drafts here and there, outlines, and notes. So yeah, planned reading is not something that would be helpful in that regard. In addition, I’ve dropped a lot of books from the reading plans this year. Last month is no exception from this. If you’re curious what these books are, check them out below: The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis – well, I just …