It’s February. Already? Since we’ve just finished the first month of the year, let’s take a quick look at my progress of the reading and blogging goals that I set for this year:
- Finish 50 books – I’m on to a slow start. I should be on my fifth book now if I want to meet this goal without rushing at the last quarter of the year, but I’ve been distracted by films. This distraction would not go away unless I finish all those Oscar nominees. But I’m not that behind. I’m halfway through my fourth book.
- Read NBCC winners – I’m going to start this next month. One of my Goodreads groups will be discussing so I might as well join. I’ve originally intended to read my unread NBCC winners chronologically, but since I like discussing books with others, I’m ditching that rule.
Use Goodreads– I’ve started rating books on Goodreads again. One goal achieved.
- Review ASAP – Blame it on the awards circuit. But hey, I wrote a review a few weeks back. I’ll consider this as another slow start.
- Read and review more short stories – I read the selections for The Short Story Station but I failed to review them on time. However, I managed to sneak in a review of a short story that I listened to via The New Yorker Fiction podcast. Uh, slow start?
I’ll check on this again in April. That’s a few more months away. Let’s get back to the present, shall we?
- Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams by Alexander McCall Smith – 3 out of 5 stars. I’ve wanted to read this for so long because hey, I have a Celtic god namesake!
- Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman – 4 out of 5 stars. Click link for my review.
- Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool – 3 out of 5 stars. Our book club’s book of the month.
- Rabbit, Run by John Updike – On page 160 of 284. Quite slow for a quartet that begins with running away but I don’t really mind. The descriptions can test your patience but they are quite wonderful.
- Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
- Inverted World by Christopher Priest
- Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
- October Light by John Gardner
Argh. I knew it. I’m glad that I didn’t decide to lessen my book buying because I would have pulled my hair now for not following my resolutions. Anyway, I need subcategories for this month’s haul.
- The Nobel laureates
- Auto-da-fé by Elias Canetti – (Php 449.00, Chapter IX Books, January 13)
- The Family of Pascual Duarte by Camilo José Cela – (Php 250.00, Undertow Books, January 12)
- A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul – (Php 189.00, Chapter IX Books, January 30)
- The Plague Column by Jaroslav Seifert – (Php 300.00, Undertow Books, January 12)
- Small Memories by José Saramago – A second copy (a different edition, actually) wouldn’t hurt. Thank you! (from H, January 20)
- The NYRB Classics
- Inverted World by Christopher Priest – (Php 797.50, Solidaridad Book Shop, January 24)
- Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang – (Php 200.00, Undertow Books, January 12)
- The Pilgrim Hawk by Glenway Wescott – (Php 250.00, Undertow Books, January 12)
- The Way of the World by Nicolas Bouvier – (Php 225.00, Undertow Books, January 12)
- James Salter Mania – I haven’t read this guy yet but my intuition tells me that I might like him. In fact, I’m so liking the title and cover of theTPB edition of All That Is. Heh.
- All That Is – (Php 319.00, Fully Booked – BGC, January 15)
- Solo Faces – (Php 225.00, Undertow Books, January 12)
- A Sport and a Pastime – (Php 250.00, Undertow Books, January 12)
- The Mass Market Paperbacks
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – (Php 379.00, Fully Booked – BGC, January 15)
- A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov – (Php 149.00, Chapter IX Books, January 13)
- Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac – (Php 99.00, Chapter IX Books, January 13)
- Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm – (Php 79.00, Chapter IX Books, January 13)
- A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers – A pretty book. I’m not really into HBs but I can’t resist this one. I forced a friend to buy it for me. Thank you! (from Kim, January 16)