Month: May 2014

The End of an Affair and Turning Over a New Leaf

Goodreads was never an affair for me. It was a marriage. It was the social network that I visited the most, counting Facebook. I can get lost in it browsing books, reading reviews, sorting shelves, and deliberating discussions–most important. And last week, something happened. I was merely checking my spam mailbox when I caught sight of an email from an unfamiliar name with the subject “Librarian Status: Under Review.” This is what it had to say: Hi there, . It’s great that Goodreads has so many hard-working librarians, and we are happy to count you among them. But it seems you are working at cross-purposes to established policy, not to mention causing other librarians work. . Please keep in mind that to qualify as a book, an item must have been published. Goodreads Groups are not authors, and discussions in a group are not books. . If you have any further questions, feel free to come discuss them in the Librarians Group, which I’m happy to see you are a member of. . Best, . …

Book Report: April 2014

Book Report: April 2014

Would you believe that more than half of the books that I finished for this year were done in April? And they say that April is the cruelest month. No, it’s really T. S. Eliot who said that. And for once, I have to disagree with him. Actually, my reading interest was in full blast thanks to the hashtag that my bookish friends came up with for the whole month of April. The group spirit was irresistible. Now I just want to read until my eyes bleed, and that just couldn’t be. May could turn out to be my cruelest month because of the tasks that I have to do, both in my literary and real life. After I finish my writing project, I hope to go back to book reviewing. If you’re still there, there’s something to look forward to aside from my quick updates and documentation of book club activities (I somehow ended up as a secretary). So here’s my reading accomplishment. Books Finished: Atonement by Ian McEwan – 5 out of 5 stars. …

F2F28: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino

TFG’s Book of the Month for April: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler Face to Face Book Discussion Details: Date: April 26, 2014 Place: The Sweet Spot, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City Time: 11 AM to 5 PM Discussion Leader: Ranee Attendees: Me, Aaron, Aenna, Alexa (after), Bennard, Camille, Cary, Ella, Gwaxa, Ingrid (after), JL (after), Louize, Mae, Marie, Meliza, Monique, Rhena, Ruby, Tina, Tricia, Veronica, Ycel Food I Ate: Beef broccoli and apple pie frappe. Post-discussion Activity: Distribution of our latest novella, The Reading Club. It is a collaborative work of some members who volunteered, making it the third publication of our book group. Also, Adventure Time at UP Diliman! This is composed of 50 photography tasks of varying levels of difficulty. Example tasks are jump shots at building steps, group selfies on the streets, concept photos at hallways, and meeting new strangers (for those bonus points). Great fun but my feet nearly killed me. After the Book Discussion: Dinner at Bon Chon and coffee at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, both in Katipunan. Other Nominated Books: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Next Month: To the Lighthouse …