Month: January 2014

F2F25: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

TFG’s Book of the Month for January: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Face to Face Book Discussion Details: Date: January 18, 2014 Place: The Appraisery, Cubao Expo, Quezon City Time: 3 PM to 7 PM Discussion Leader: Tina Attendees: Me, Aaron, Alexa, Alona, Beejay, Bennard, Berna, Cary, Cris (newbie), Gwaxa, Ingrid, JL, Joy, Louize, Mae, Maria, Marie, Meliza, Monique, Patrick, Rhena, Veronica Food I Ate: Oregon tuna melt and iced peanut butter frappe. Post-discussion Activity: Discussion of the members’ best and worst reads of 2013 + book dare of the members’ best and worst reads. Well, no one was able to note down the list of books. I was the notes taker last year, but this time, I was too busy writing the book titles on small strips of paper (to be used for the drawing of the book dares). And everyone was so hyper. I don’t what was going on. Perhaps we just missed each other so much? After the Book Discussion: Sharing of films, monotonous singing and uncoordinated dancing, dinner at Gateway’s food court. Other Nominated Books: No other books were nominated for this month. Next Month: What …

We announce the winner today

But first, some notes on the video. Please forgive the video quality. I just used the video option of my point-and-shoot camera. Please disregard the noise. Our building is located right along the main artery of the metro. Yes, the buses honk 24/7. It’s not an exaggeration. I cannot control my facial twitches. I only realize every time I record myself that I have those nasty facial expressions. I didn’t bother to fix my room or my hair, so please do not maximize this window for the sake of my dignity. You just have to trust me that there’s only one take for this raffle. There’s no point in rigging the raffle. Most of the participants are my friends. Here are the participants and their recommended books: Maria recommends A Separate Peace by John Knowles Lynai recommends Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer Tina recommends The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde Louize recommends A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini Bennard recommends Monstress by Lysley Tenorio Monique recommends Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli Tin recommends …

Gifts Galore

Holiday Books

  Here are the books that I got over the 2013 holidays. The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski – 50% off. And because I like touching and scanning Danielewski’s books. (Php 520.00, November 29, Fully Booked – Rockwell) The Bibliophile’s Devotional by Hallie Ephron – I got this because I was a badass student at TFG Hogwarts. Thanks! (From Alexa, December 21) The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick – “Theory for happy ending. Life’s perspective. Book turned to movie as Phil Wenneck meets Katniss Everdeen.” That’s the description sent by the giver but for the life of me, I didn’t get it (because I didn’t know who that Wenneck guy is). I just heard others saying the title. No regrets though. I love the movie. Thanks! (From Aenna through The White Elephant Exchange, December 21) Indignation by Philip Roth – Because it’s hard to abandon a book. Thanks! (From Bennard through The Book Pile, December 21) Cain by José Saramago – Oi, I must go back to reading Saramago. Thanks! (From Maria through The …

Three

Oi, I always nearly forget. It’s BR’s bloggy birthday today! I have nothing special in mind because there are a lot of things crammed inside my head. Anyway, I’ve seen a couple of friends do a 2013 survey of sorts. It feels like a good idea to follow suit as a part of the celebration. No. of Books Read: 52 No. of Pages Read: 12, 568 Male Authors Read: 35 Female Authors Read: 10 Reviews Written: 16 Fiction: 48 Novels/Novellas: 35 Plays: 2 Poems: 2 Short Stories: 8 Nonfiction: 4 Other Shelves: All Time 100 Novels: 5 Borrowed: 6 The Classics Club: 10 IMPAC Literary Award: 0 Man Booker Prize: 1 Modern Library: 1 National Book Award: 1 NBCC Award: 2 Nobel: 14 Philippine Lit: 3 Pulitzer Prize: 1 Radcliffe’s Rival: 0 Reread: 3 The Novel 100: 5 Ratings: 5-stars: 22 4-stars: 15 3-stars: 11 2-stars: 3 1-star: 1 And then what? There’s the annual contest, but I haven’t thought about anything. Let me think for a few minutes. Okay, just post a greeting and …