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Book Report: February 2016

Book Report: February 2016

Two months, two books, two reviews. I don’t think it’s bad. On the contrary, it feels good because I no longer stress about how many books I should have read by now and I’m able to dish out some of my thoughts and feelings about the books that I finished. They are by no means anything like the reviews of James Wood or Tim Parks but they still serve something: a record of my reading experience.

Books Finished:

  • Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish – 5 out 5 stars. Review here.
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan – 3 out of 5 stars. Our book club’s February read. Review here.

Currently Reading:

  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – On page 259 of 720. I see why people love this. The narrative is straightforward and the characters are so fleshed out that you can imagine yourself being in their company. I still have a long way to go though but I’m always looking forward to reading it every night, that is when I’m not dead tired after work.

TFG Book Bingo Progress:

TFG Book Bingo Progress, #1

TFG Book Bingo Progress, #1

I am aiming for a blackout. And as you can see, I have very little progress. If you’re wondering why the Flanagan book is not included, we don’t consider our book club selections counted for this challenge. Anyway, I need suggestions for the following boxes: Set during a holiday, Speculative fiction, and About music. Hopefully the titles that you recommend, if any, are already in my TBR pile so that I won’t have to buy anything. But of course, I will make an exception if you have very strong feelings for your recommendation and if you think I will love it.

Lastly, would you consider A Little Life as something written by an Australian/Oceanian? The author is from Hawaii, which is part of the U.S., but the place itself is located within the boundaries of Oceania. What do you think?

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12 Comments

  1. Louize says

    You’ve already marked one on your Bingo Card, that’s progress!
    Ako wala pa! :)

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  2. I like that you put the photos on the BINGO card! Also for your speculative fiction ANYTHING (pretty much anything) by Margaret Atwood would qualify.

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  3. For the ‘holiday’ box I could suggest two Booker prize winners. Holiday by Stanley Middleton which is a quiet novel about a middle aged guy on the point of a marriage breakdown who returns to the place where he always had holidays as a child. The Sea by John Banville takes a man back to his childhood holiday resort where an event happened that changed his life.

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  4. Monique says

    Sooo. The appeal to put A Little Life in the bingo box continues here! Hahaha. My answer is still no. Harharhar.

    For spec fic: The Handmaid’s Tale na lang. :)

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