Month: April 2014

My Thirty Greatest Books

Thirty Years, Thirty Books

At the moment of typing this, I realize that I’m spending my last couple of hours as a twenty-something hacking at my book shelves and sorting through my memory for my greatest books. I haven’t read a lot yet, but I already have my small personal canon. There are the random books of my childhood, the limited choices in high school, the varied selections in college, and the hordes of them all in the last decade. And before I realize it, I’m already thirty. Actually, the realization has not yet hit me hard (should it?). I look at my shelves and wonder at the space that I could have emptied had I not been a reader. But no, I’m happy to be a reader. I selected my list of greatest books based on my Goodreads ratings and on how important they are to me at multiple points in my life. If you are a keen reader of my blog, I think you will have a pretty good idea on what most of these books are. …

F2F27: The Alienist by Caleb Carr

TFG’s Book of the Month for March: The Alienist by Caleb Carr

The Alienist Face to Face Book Discussion Details: Date: March 29, 2014 Place: K&B Resort, Pansol, Calamba, Laguna Time: 7 AM to 7 PM Discussion Leader: Maria Attendees: Me, Aaron, Alona, Arizel (newbie), Bennard, Gwaxa, Ingrid, JL, Joy, Meliza, Ranee, Rhena, Sheryl, Veronica Food I Ate: Adobo, carbonara, peanut butter sandwiches, mangoes, nuts, coke, root beer, well there’s a lot of food.  Post-discussion Activity: None, because we were all excited to jump into the pool. I didn’t even bring swim clothes with me, but what the heck, I managed! After the Book Discussion: Water games! What would we use a pool for? And there’s also singing, swimming lessons, more eating, more talking, underwater photo ops, and many more. Other Nominated Books: Sharp Objects by Gilliam Flynn and The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. Next Month: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino. If you wish to join us, please visit the discussion thread and the event thread for more details. Photos courtesy of Alona and Maria.

Book Report: March 2014

Book Report: March 2014

WordPress tells me that today is my sixth anniversary as a WordPress blogger. This blog is only three years old. The excess three years were spent on a personal blog that I hid from everyone. It’s inactive, don’t worry, and I haven’t touched it ever since I chose to blog about books. I don’t really have a point, but I’m thinking that the blogging years don’t matter. What matters in blogging is always now. In the world of blogs, one is only as good as his or her last post. A blog with no fresh content in spite of its age is practically dead. And what do we make of this blog? You might have noticed that I haven’t posted a book review in nearly a year. I think I may have been jinxed when my bookish friends voted for me as their favorite book reviewer last year (aww, you guys!), which is very humbling. But after that, my book reviews have been scarce. Don’t worry, I’m forever trying to figure out how to make …