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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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)