Book Clubs

TFG's Author of the Month for December: William Shakespeare

TFG’s Author of the Month for December: William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare Face to Face Book Discussion Details:

  • Date: December 6, 2014
  • Place: The Usual Christmas Party Place, New Manila, Quezon City
  • Time: 2 PM to  12 AM
  • Discussion Leader: Aaron
  • Attendees: Me, Alexa, Alona, Cary, Ella, Gay, Gwaxa, Honey, Ingrid, JL, Joy, Julian (newbie), Kristel, Kwesi, Louize, Mae, Maria, Marie, Meliza, Monique, Ranee, Rhena, Rollie, Ruby, Tina, Tricia, Veronica
  • Food I Ate: This is also our book club’s Christmas Party so there was a lot of food. Unfortunately, my appetite was meh so I was only able to nibble small servings of Monique’s baked spaghetti and slivers of yema cake.
  • Activities: Hashtag Shirts (participants explain the hashtags they printed on their shirts), Truth or Lie (participants guess truth and the lie between two anecdotes shared by selected participants), Massacre Theatre (participants read small parts from various Shakespearean plays), and Dramatic Monologue (participants read their preferred monologue of their assigned Shakespearean character).
  • After the Book Discussion: Christmas dinner, The 3rd TFG Quiz Night (so far the damnedest among them all), and TFG Book Auction.
  • Other Nominated Books: None.
Discussion Time

Discussion Time

The F2F36 Attendees

The F2F36 Attendees

  • Next Month: Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool. If you wish to join us, please visit the discussion thread and the event thread for more details.

Photo courtesy of Louize.

By the way, I’m semi-retiring this feature. “Semi” because I plan to just integrate my review of our book of the month and the book club event into one.

Dwellers by Eliza Victoria

TFG’s Book of the Month for November: Dwellers by Eliza Victoria

Dwellers Face to Face Book Discussion Details:

  • Date: November 15, 2014
  • Place: Bayanihan Center, Mandaluyong City
  • Time: 4 PM to 5 PM
  • Discussion Leader: Tina
  • Attendees: Me, Aaron, Alexa, Billy, Cary, Doni, Ella, Gay, Gwaxa, Ingrid, Louize, Marie, MelizaMonique, Pre (newbie), Po, Ranee, Tricia, two girls whose names I didn’t get (sorry)
  • Food I Ate: None. There was no food at the venue.
  • Activities: If you could inhabit the body of another person, dead or alive, for one day, who would it be and why?
  • After the Book Discussion: Dinner at a Japanese restaurant and coffee at a nearby café.
  • Other Nominated Books: None.
The F2F35 Attendees

The F2F35 Attendees

  • Next Month: TFG’s Shakespeare Christmas Party. If you wish to join us, please visit the discussion thread and the event thread for more details.

Photo courtesy of Gay.

F2F34: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

TFG’s Book of the Month for October: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Face to Face Book Discussion Details:

  • Date: October 25, 2014
  • Place: Wood Neighborhood Deli, Salcedo Village, Makati City
  • Time: 3 PM to 6 PM
  • Discussion Leader: Kristel
  • Attendees: Me, Aaron, Gwaxa, Louize, MelizaMonique, Ranee, Tina
  • Food I Ate: A chicken salad sandwich, brewed coffee.
  • Activities: A hat contest. I borrowed this horned hat from a friend and I won second place.
  • After the Book Discussion: Some of us had dinner at Robinson’s Galleria, which is two cities away. I suppose we are all allergic to Makati.
  • Other Nominated Books: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Discussion Goodies

Discussion Goodies

The F2F34 Attendees

The F2F34 Attendees

  • Next Month: Dwellers by Eliza Victoria. It is one of the book club discussions that will take place during the Filipino ReaderCon 2014. If you wish to join us, please visit the discussion thread for more details.

Photos courtesy of Monique.

F2F33: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

TFG and FFP’s Book of the Month for September: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry Joint Discussion Details:

  • Date: September 27, 2014
  • Place: Uno Morato, Tomas Morato Ave., Quezon City
  • Time: 2 PM to 6 PM
  • Discussion Leaders: Gege and Tina
  • Attendees from TFG: Me, Aaron, Elaine (newbie), Ella, Gwaxa, JL, KristelMaria (with Ramsey), Meliza, Tricia, Veronica.
  • Attendees from FFP: Arthur, Blooey, Cecille, Fredda, Honey, Maan, Marie (after), Peter, Rhett, Shani, a guy whose name I didn’t get (sorry).
  • Food I Ate: Sisig with clover chips (?).
  • Activities: Two truths, one lie with a bookish twist. Instead of truths, we wrote down two of our favorite books on colorful pieces of paper. And instead of a lie, we wrote down a book we didn’t like. We put the pieces of paper inside a small box from where we each drew one paper after the other and guessed the person to whom that list belong to. Also, we wrote ten books that were mentioned in the book. The first two (or three?) who finished won a cute pair of bookmarks. Yes, I was one of the winners.
  • After the Book Discussion: Dinner at Kanin Club and coffee at Seattle’s Best
  • Other Nominated Books: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi and The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
Discussion Time

Discussion Time

The F2F33 Attendees

The F2F33 Attendees

  • Next Month: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks. If you wish to join us, please visit the discussion thread for more details.

Photos courtesy of Ella.

F2F32: Fear of Flying by Erica Jong

TFG’s Book of the Month for August: Fear of Flying by Erica Jong

Fear of Flying Face to Face Book Discussion Details:

  • Date: August 16, 2014
  • Place: Titania Wine Cellar, San Antonio Village, Makati City
  • Time: 2 PM to 6 PM
  • Discussion Leader: Marie
  • Attendees: Me, Aaron, AlonaCamilleElla, Gwaxa, Farrah (newbie), Ingrid, Louize, MariaMelizaMonique, Peter (newbie), Ranee, Rhett (newbie), Tricia, Ycel, Veronica
  • Food I Ate: I had lunch at a nearby resto (buffalo wings, rice, quesadillas, beer), so I just sipped red wine. I forget what kind of red wine it was.
  • Activities: Charades. The words we guessed were, well, adult words. Such as the now infamous blowjob, thanks to one of our members’ “great expectations.”
  • After the Book Discussion: Most of us watched the musical The Last Five Years. A few of us ate dinner and had coffee. I was with the latter.
  • Other Nominated Books: The Lover by Marguerite Duras and Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller.
Discussion Time

Discussion Time

The F2F32 Attendees

The F2F32 Attendees

  • Next Month: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. If you wish to join us, please visit the discussion thread and the Facebook event for more details.

Photos courtesy of Monique and Ycel.