All posts tagged: George Saunders

LIncoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Writing about My Book of the Year – Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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 …

My Year in Reading: 2014

Looking Back and Looking Ahead: The 2014 Reading Year + 2015 Reading Goals and Resolutions

2014 is not my year in reading. 2014 was supposed to be my year in writing but alas, it didn’t prove to be that. I expected not to finish the more or less 50 books that I finish each year because of that novel I’ve turned inside my head since I’ve toyed with the idea of writing. I only got to finish drafts for six chapters, roughly a quarter of the projected output that I outlined in January last year. During the writing process, I suffered from mild self-diagnosed anxiety attacks. I guess I’m that mad sort of writer. To maintain my sanity, I decided to put all this writing on hold until I’m more emotionally stable and until I am more capable at sculpting my novel into the shape that I want it to become. I’m not attempting to romanticize my writing but that’s just the way it is. I can’t help to be a moody writer. I know my novel will remain swimming inside my head, but what of my dear beta readers? I feel that …

The LSS Book List, Part 8

Visit the The LSS Book List page for more information about this post. Six Characters in Search of an Author (Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore) by Luigi Pirandello (1921, M) – A theater company are in the middle of a play rehearsal when six people disrupt them. According to them, they are characters who have unfinished stories. Hence, they are demanding for their stories to be told. The director of the company agrees, and what follows is absurdity that blurs reality from fiction. Snow Country (Yukiguni) by Yasunari Kawabata (1935, M) – A man from Tokyo and a geisha from a hot spring town have a love affair. The geisha develops her artistry to be as refined as the city geishas. The man from Tokyo falls for another woman. The scenes in this book are short but there is something overarching above them in a grand manner, as if the scenes were trying to portray something bigger than their own. Steps by Jerzy Kosiński (1968, H) – I’m not even sure if this is a …

That guy is not George Saunders

The Most Interesting Author, So Far, of 2014

Hey hey hey! How’s it going? Today is the sixth day, second week of the Writing 101 course organized by WordPress. And today’s challenge is about people. Yes, you might have guessed that with the photo above. No, this has not turned into an entertainment blog. You’re still on the right blog. I just wanted to put an interesting face beside an interesting book. It’s not necessary because the book is very, very interesting in itself. Please stop me from explaining too much, just indulge me in this little guilty pleasure. Here we go: Who’s the most interesting person (or people) you’ve met this year? Today, write a post focusing on one — or more — of the people that have recently entered your life, and tell us how your narratives intersected. It can be your new partner, your newborn child, or the friendly barista whose real story you’d love to learn (or imagine), or any other person you’ve met for the first time in the past year. Today’s twist: Turn your post into a character study. …

Book Report: April 2014

Book Report: April 2014

Would you believe that more than half of the books that I finished for this year were done in April? And they say that April is the cruelest month. No, it’s really T. S. Eliot who said that. And for once, I have to disagree with him. Actually, my reading interest was in full blast thanks to the hashtag that my bookish friends came up with for the whole month of April. The group spirit was irresistible. Now I just want to read until my eyes bleed, and that just couldn’t be. May could turn out to be my cruelest month because of the tasks that I have to do, both in my literary and real life. After I finish my writing project, I hope to go back to book reviewing. If you’re still there, there’s something to look forward to aside from my quick updates and documentation of book club activities (I somehow ended up as a secretary). So here’s my reading accomplishment. Books Finished: Atonement by Ian McEwan – 5 out of 5 stars. …

Book Report: March 2014

Book Report: March 2014

WordPress tells me that today is my sixth anniversary as a WordPress blogger. This blog is only three years old. The excess three years were spent on a personal blog that I hid from everyone. It’s inactive, don’t worry, and I haven’t touched it ever since I chose to blog about books. I don’t really have a point, but I’m thinking that the blogging years don’t matter. What matters in blogging is always now. In the world of blogs, one is only as good as his or her last post. A blog with no fresh content in spite of its age is practically dead. And what do we make of this blog? You might have noticed that I haven’t posted a book review in nearly a year. I think I may have been jinxed when my bookish friends voted for me as their favorite book reviewer last year (aww, you guys!), which is very humbling. But after that, my book reviews have been scarce. Don’t worry, I’m forever trying to figure out how to make …