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Book Report: January 2014

Book Report: January 2014

This monthly feature is something new in the sense that I’ll just combine the books I’ve read (in lieu of the reading plans, plans which I didn’t faithfully follow) and the books I’ve hoarded (instead of the individual posts). But really, it’s just the same old banana. I am merely merging the two.

By the way, here’s an update because I feel that I owe you one. I’ve been really busy with writing (blame this on the workshop that I joined) and distracted with movies (blame this on the awards season). My head is always up in the clouds and I am having a difficult time reading. It takes some time for me to snap back into reality. Please don’t think that I’ve lost my marbles, it’s just that I can’t help figuring out how to work my writing project in the best way possible. Trust me, this is not easy.

I also haven’t been able to write a book review for months. The horror! I am thinking of just posting quick reviews, something like around 100 words, but I feel that this is injustice particularly to those books that I like. I’ll try to think of a book reviewing routine, and this will most probably come up after I’ve seen all those Oscar films.

So that’s enough update, I guess.

Books Finished:

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling – 5 out of 5 stars. Cedric Diggory! Copy was lent by Mommy Louize. Thanks!
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – 3 out of 5 stars. The book discussion gave it an extra star. Copy was lent by Tina. Thanks!

Currently Reading:

  • The Trial by Franz Kafka – Currently on page 94 of 216. The blocks of text are just dizzying.
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel – Currently on page 200 of 604. How many more Thomases do I need to be acquainted with? But that is beside the point. This is a great book, but it is quite difficult to read thanks to the point of view that Mantel chose from where to write the story. This is pronoun confusion.

New Books:

  • Black Dogs by Ian McEwan – I got this because it’s in my wishlist. Thanks! (From Ayban, January 25)
  • The Road by Vassily Grossman – My first NYRB for the year. (Php 200.00, January 25, Indio Bravo)
  • Some Prefer Nettles by Junichiro Tanizaki – Included in The Novel 100 list, which is really The Novel 125 because it was updated to included 25 more books. (Php 180.00, January 25, Indio Bravo)
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17 Comments

  1. I wish The Trial wins for your F2F. I haven’t read a full-length work of Kafka yet and I want to already. And yay for your NYRB purchase. I have a copy of that and it looks mighty interesting.

    Good luck on writing!

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  2. Good finds, especially Some Prefer Nettles. Been meaning to read that Tanizaki for so long. Kafka’s writing may seem stilted but ultimately worthwhile.

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  3. Come to think of it, I haven’t read a Kafka yet, either. But win or lose, I think I’ll try reading one of his works sometime in the future. :)

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    • Have you read Faulkner or Woolf? I am more comfortable with these two, although they are not easier. This is not to say though that Kafka is easy.

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    • Monique says

      Not yet, either. But if I were to pick one from those three, I’d choose Woolf. I’d prioritize reading her over Kafka and Faulkner.

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    • Tip 1: You should not read it with other books. It is a demanding book.

      Tip 2: Make sure you are not busy at work or school.

      Tip 3: It might help if you are into The Tudors?

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  4. Oh my, si Cedric Diggory talaga ang highlight for HP4? Kaloka!
    Thank goodness you can still be swayed by F2F discussion. lol

    Sometimes, I feel lost in WH, but then Mantel have these back stories that I really enjoy. (Sana matapos ko na to this Feb, wahaha)

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