Let me go through the books that I’ve finished last month real quick because I’m not feeling well today. I’m just forcing myself to write this post out of habit (because it’s the first of the month). So it was a good month. I was able to catch up on my Goodreads reading challenge. Unfortunately, I was not able to write any reviews. Sad, but hopefully I could catch up on that as well once I feel better.
- Fall Like Rain by Ana Tejano – It was difficult for me to rate this book because I know the author. She’s from the book club. I’ve considered not rating this book at all but well, one can’t please everybody, eh? I wish I could say that I like this but I didn’t. 1 out of 5 stars.
- Family Life by Akhil Sharma – The second winner of the Folio Prize mashed me into an emotional pulp. It resonates some personal stuff that I’ve locked up for years. I don’t consider relatability in fiction a virtue but dammit, I could relate to all the characters. I hope the Folio Prize will find a new sponsor soon because we need books like this to be honored. 5 out of 5 stars.
- Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – Our book of the month. It’s not as spectacular as To Kill a Mockingbird but at least we know how the latter turned out to be what it is. 3 out of 5 stars.
- The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick – Alternate histories and alternate realities. I didn’t find it as gripping as Ubik but one could easily discern that this is written better. 3 out of 5 stars.
- Maus by Art Spiegelman – My first graphic novel and I love it. 5 out of 5 stars.
- The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee – The third traveling book that I participated in. There are some luminous parts but a lot of the essays are flat, sounding like extended Wikipedia pages. 2 out of 5 stars.
- We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo – Kids from Zimbabwe deal with the changes that come along when their country gains sovereignty. The characters experience seriously visceral stuff. Not for the faint of heart. 4 out of 5 stars.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling – On page 121 of 870. A little progress!
- Being Dead by Jim Crace
- The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
- The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
- The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving
- Rabbit Redux by John Updike
- Any Human Heart by William Boyd (Php 125.00, Book Sale – SM Mall of Asia, September 19)
- Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes (Php 115.00, Book Sale – SM Mall of Asia, September 19)
- Herzog by Saul Bellow (Php 350.00, Read Up Manila, September 14)
- The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann (Php 475.00, Neon Books, September 17)
- Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre (Php 450.00, Neon Books, September 17)
- Oblivion by David Foster Wallace (Php 487.25, National Book Store – Manila International Book Fair, September 19)
- The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes – Won’t hurt to have an extra copy. (Php 125.00, Neon Books, September 17)
- Signifying Rappers by Mark Costello and David Foster Wallace (Php 300.00, Books and Brews Fair, September 5)
- A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood – Never had a copy of this beloved book. (Php 200.00, Read Up Manila, September 14)
- Speaking of Siva (F2F freebie, September 19)
- To-morrow by Joseph Conrad (F2F freebie, September 19)