This is a great month for all things bookish. I’ve finished five books, reviewed five books, still reading four books, bought more than a dozen books, and hosted a bookish giveaway. Also, I’ve started using Goodreads again. I mean, I’m not just using it partially, like searching for reviews or joining our book club’s online activities. I’ve added all my books and shelves again. Not the reviews though; I’ve just resolved to put the links. Leafmarks is just too slow, which is unacceptable in this day and age.
Anyway, I’ll stop babbling now so that we can all enjoy the local holiday.
- Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain – The Year of Reading the NBCC (16/40). 5 out of 5 stars.
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – 4 out of 5 stars.
- High Fidelity by Nick Hornby – 3 out of 5 stars.
- Inverted World by Christopher Priest – 5 out of 5 stars.
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – 4 out of 5 stars.
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – On page 233 of 359. TFG’s book of the month this May. (Php 615.60, Fully Booked – The Fort, April 19)
- Lila by Marilynne Robinson – On page 16 of 261. On hold. I haven’t touched it since March.
- Neuromancer by William Gibson – On page 27 of 271. I’m putting this on my list of science fiction books for my book club discussion in August because two of my official selections have not arrived yet (and I only have three weeks left to scramble).
- October Light by John Gardner – On page 154 of 498. Funny book!
- Family Life by Akhil Sharma – This year’s winner of The Folio Prize, so I must have it and read it soon. (USD 12.72, The Book Depository, April 22)
- Plains Song by Wright Morris (Php 115.00, Book Sale – SM Megamall, April 6)
- The Dream of the Red Chamber/The Story of the Stone by Cao Xueqin – I got Volumes I, III, IV, and V. Please help me find Volume II. (Php 200 each, Undertow Books, April 7)
- Girl with Curious Hair by David Foster Wallace (Php 350.00, Undertow Books, April 7)
- Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro (Php 300.00, Undertow Books, April 7)
- History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell – Seriously, why did they sell this for an amount cheaper than the shipping fee? (Php 25.00, Undertow Books, April 7)
- The Hunters by James Salter – I’ll be damned if I don’t like Salter. This is my fourth and I don’t even have an idea how the man writes. (Php 175.00, Undertow Books, April 7)
- The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Php 175.00, Undertow Books, April 7)
- The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (Php 225.00, Undertow Books, April 7)
- Proud Beggars by Albert Cossery (Php 250.00, Undertow Books, April 7)
- The Blue Fox by Sjón – Sjón is Icelandic and he is Björk’s friend. It might do me a lot of good to check out his works. (Php 180.00, Bookulaw, April 19)
- From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjón (Php 160.00, Bookulaw, April 19)