All posts tagged: Book Talk

LIncoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Writing about My Book of the Year

The last time I posted a book review was in February 2016. That was 22 months ago! Just imagine the struggle I went through when I wrote one last week. Granted, it was for a different blog (not mine), but it took me three sessions to finish a 500-word post. I’m still rusty at this. At times, I think I just got back to blogging a couple of weeks back. When I checked my list of posts, I saw that the “recent” post was more than a month ago. I made a mental list of things I would like to write about, which is, of course, a grave mistake. A mental list is doomed to be forgotten. But to be fair, I always write mentally, which is why I find it surprising when the text cursor furiously blinks at me for staring at it for too long. In my head, I write sentences that I would like to end up on a blog post. But by the time I get to a computer, I either …

November 10, 2017

Title? What Title?

The last thing I posted on this blog was about Bob Dylan’s Nobel win. That was more than a year ago. When the newest laureate was minted, my interest in books was revived. Kazuo Ishiguro is a favorite writer, and as much as I hate to be superstitious about it, he brought me back to books whereas Dylan put a stop to all of my reading endeavors. Hi. I’ve been both looking forward and dreading this moment. The thought of going back to blogging excites me but I’m not sure if I still know how to do this. A few weeks ago, I’ve come up with a draft that I thought was worthy of a comeback entry but it was all mentally scrawled. Yeah, and I don’t remember what it was about. I just have these tiny feelings of eloquence. Blame it on distractions. I was sidetracked by the idea of revamping this blog. In fact, I have renamed the blog to something else. After a week of checking out my WordPress app, the name …

Nobel aspirants, learn an instrument!

Bob Dylan is this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Help me process this.

I may have been away but I’ve anticipated the announcement of this year’s winner. Which obscure writer would it be? Would there be a chance that this year’s winner is someone I’m familiar with? The announcement, which I streamed from one of my breaks at the office, was first read in Swedish. I heard Bob Dylan’s name. Surely, that wasn’t happening. Bob Dylan’s nomination and frequent appearance at betting lists has been a long-running joke, yeah? So when the announcement was read in English, it was indeed happening. I closed the video without bothering with the cryptic citations and turned to the shit bowl that is Facebook.

Book Report: April 2016

Book Report: April 2016

Before I announce the winner of my birthday giveaway (yes, there are participants), let me just get the monthly report out of the way. Books Finished: Remainder by Tom McCarthy – 3 out of 5 stars. Will try my best to review it after I sort out my life. Currently Reading: Nothing yet. Will probably start reading our book of the month later, The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. I don’t know what it is about. TFG Book Bingo Progress: So that’s only two squares since January. Gaaah, what am I doing? To be fair, I had gone through an intense ordeal, one that involves real life shit that I hope no one among you will experience. But that’s over now, I guess. I really shouldn’t be talking about it, so let’s just talk about bingo squares? Here are the entries: Pat recommended Nobody’s Perfect by Anthony Lane (About movies) and Juliet Naked by Nick Hornby (About music). Tin recommended Les Liasons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (Erotic fiction), The Handmaid’s Tale …



The birthday giveaway tradition lives on! But I’m running out of gimmicks. And I’m not exactly in a mood to celebrate. In fact, I just intend to watch as many Mad Men episodes as I can while eating food that I should avoid when I hit the mid-30s. Or if it gets too hot, I’ll run to the nearest coffee shop and finish the book that I’m currently reading, which is something that would let me mark a square on my book bingo card. Hmm. In case you are disoriented, today is my birthday and I’m running a giveaway. The prize is a USD 20.00 book of your choice from The Book Depository. You get a chance at winning the prize by giving me book recommendations for the following categories lifted from my book bingo card: Erotic fiction Speculative fiction Set during a holiday About movies About music I want compelling recommendations. You have to convince me, even in a few words. Or you can refer me to links of your reviews, if you have any. …

Twirling with joy upon receiving a bookish postcard.

Because you are so good at recommending books, you win a book

I posted my traditional bloggy birthday giveaway five days ago, and even though there are only two valid entries (come on, was the prompt that hard?), I’ve got a handful of books that I already want to read. I hope getting my hands on these books will give me my much needed reading boost. I haven’t been reading lately because I’m currently rereading a book that I just read a couple of months ago. It’s book club duty, so until this book discussion blows over, I guess I’ll just wallow in this slump. I digress, as always. So here are the winners. Yes, I decided just a few minutes ago to declare two winners because I can’t make up my mind. And it’s a first! I don’t think I’ve had a tie before. So yeah, I’m torn between roughghost‘s recommendation of The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs by Damon Galgut and TinTin‘s recommendation of CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders. Let me put here how they recommended these two books: The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs Finally, my …

My favorite book store in 2015: Book Kinokuniya in Ngee Ann City, Singapore

Happy Fifth Birthday, Book Rhapsody!

Oh yes, I’ve been blogging, albeit casually, about books for five years. That’s more than half of my blogging life. I started blogging about my juvenile and callow opinions on life back in 2007. Then somewhere along the way, I decided to focus on books instead. And no regrets. That’s because I love books more than anything else, probably even more than my life. This does not mean though that my life sucks, but well, it does not have (yet) the staying power of a wonderful book. And there are so many wonderful books out there. And that’s why I want to give away a wonderful book of your choice worth USD 20.00 from Book Depository. Hopefully it will stay with you for a long time. All you have to do is to recommend five books that I should read this year. Give me compelling reasons for those recommendations. Make me want to get and read those five books as soon as I read your comments, which will remain unpublished until the contest is over. And yes, …