October was a great bloggy month, thanks to the LSS feature that I’ve launched and the return of the annual Filipino Fridays. It was also great in terms of discovery. I had the opportunity to visit nice book stores outside our country (one has many great selections and one has many in-store events) and buy books from them. I decided that I will buy at least one book from any country that I might travel to in the future.
Finally, October was a great reading month. I may not have read a lot but look, I was able to finish amazing books. I am not sure what’s going on. Have I become a little too lenient and less critical in rating my books? Have I stumbled across a series of wonderful books (including the books that I read last month)? Am I in a very good mood to read? What?
Never mind the reason so long as I am happily reading and enjoying each book. That’s what matters most. Maybe it’s all that matters.
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 5 out of 5 stars. It feels like I read this a little too fast despite tackling extensively on race and class in the US and UK.
- The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks – 4 out of 5 stars. Our book of the month last month.
- The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford – 5 out of 5 stars. That ending still took my breath away even though I knew right from the start that it’s going to happen.
- Tinkers by Paul Harding – 5 out of 5 stars. A must reread. It feels like Paul Harding is the male Marilynne Robinson.
- Twisted 8 by Jessica Zafra – 2 out of 5 stars. This month could have been a clean sweep but the essays feel dated and they’re not as funny as the ones in the previous installments.
- Object Lessons by The Paris Review – Currently on page 84 of 358. I slowed down because I learned from a reliable source that the owner will not be coming home soon. No pressure to return this soon then.
- Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon – The Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions are hard to resist. I am not a fan of Pynchon but I am a fan of these editions. (Thb 270.00, Dasa Book Cafe, October 8)
- Life and Times of Michael K by J. M. Coetzee – A Booker winner. I didn’t like his Disgrace but who knows? (Thb 150.00, Dasa Book Cafe, October 8)
- Staying On by Paul Scott – Another Booker winner. (Thb 70.00, Dasa Book Cafe, October 8)
- The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker – An IMPAC winner. (Thb 190.00, Dasa Book Cafe, October 8)
- High Fidelity by Nick Hornby – Our book of the month for April 2015. (USD 7.00 , D’s Books, October 12)
- The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – When I read the blurb, I realized that I am already at the point where I’ll be reading novels by writers younger than me. I am so used to old or dead writers. I was unnerved when I learned that Catton was born a year after my birth year. I think Catton is going to be a first. (USD 8.00 , D’s Books, October 12)
- Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller – Another IMPAC winner. I’m so close to completing them. I need two more. (Php 75.00, Book Sale – City Land, October 25)
- Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog (Eight Muses of the Fall) by Edgar Calabia Samar – It’s a prize during our book discussion last week, but the winner already has a copy so she gave it to me. Thank you! (From Ranee, October 25)