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Best of 2011

The Best And The Worst Reads Of 2011

Again, I am taking a break from the weekly book write-up to sort of honor the best books that I have read this year. There are already a lot of book blogs with similar posts, and I am tempted to pattern my best and worst list from some. I chose not to because I know I would never finish this post. So what I did is that I thought of a pseudo-award for each book included in my list. Let me just state for the record that 2011 is the most voracious reading year in my life. Ever. Hurrah! That’s 52 books, if you want to know, which is more or less one book a week. I hope to do an encore next year. Or even beat this record. Below is the list of books that I gave five stars, in alphabetical order. They are 12, so I might as well call them The 12 Books of 2011. Titles with an asterisk (*) are books that are in my Top 5. Without further ado here …

Gone With The Wind Diaries, VI

Day 21: 55, 56, 57, 58 Okay, so Scarlett is pregnant again. Rhett does not know it yet because he left as soon as he could after their fiery lovemaking. And that moment sowed uhm, healthy seeds, into Scarlett’s… But enough of that. Remember that Scarlett doesn’t really like babies? Oddly, she’s a tad excited to tell Rhett about it. But when Rhett came, months after, she is again mocked. He even told her that she might as well have a miscarriage. Which did happen right at that very instant. And I love how Rhett confessed everything he feels for Scarlett to Melanie, Atlanta’s BFF. We see Rhett in his weakness. We never thought that Rhett can be so consumed with guilt, but here he is, blaming himself for the accident. Ah. This is true love! But life goes on. Rhett connives with Melanie to have Ashley buy the sawmills from Scarlett. I wonder how the novel would sound like if it were told in first person, in the eyes of Rhett. I really want …

Gone With The Wind Diaries, V

Day 17: 42, 43, 44 The South is slowly rebuilding. A new beginning, so to speak, and with this comes baby Ella, who is a little disappointing to Scarlett. She lacked the charm that her mother has, but maybe that’s a good thing. Scarlett’s set of business ethics is bordering on ruthlessness. I don’t have any qualms on leasing convicts because I think some convicts deserve a chance at getting back, like Archie. But leasing convicts should be as humane as possible. They should be fed properly. They should not be exploited. But that is not the case in Scarlett’s sawmills. Sooner or later, she’ll get into trouble for this one. And she does, but not because of that. She was attacked on the road. Had it not been for Big Sam, she would have been, uhm, ravished? Day 18: 45, 46, 47 Scarlett’s ambush causes a great commotion among the Confederates, now the Ku Klux Klan. They may have nothing in common with Scarlett, but she being a Southern woman, the men have a …

Gone With The Wind Diaries, IV

Day 13: 34, 35 These are laugh-out-loud chapters for me! I love the conversation that Scarlett and Rhett had when the former visited the latter in his prison cell. Just imagine how Scarlett squirmed at Rhett’s mockery. And the shame! Ooh, Scarlett, you deserve it! And oh, I am so wrong with one of my previous assumptions! The secret kissing scene of Ashley and Scarlett is not yet the height of her coquetry. That would be her new attempt to steal Frank! From her sister! And all in the name of money! Well, we have a dilemma here. We all know that it is never moral to steal someone’s fiancé, and your sister’s at that. But since Tara is the driving force that’s making Scarlett do all her scheming and manipulating, could we really blame her? She swore that she will never be hungry again, and since this is a world where we need to satisfy our basic needs (food and shelter), does morality have any weight in the decisions that she makes? Most of …

Gone With The Wind Diaries, III

Day 09: 23, 24 The exodus. The farewell. And the first kiss! We see a different Scarlett here, driving an old horse with a sick woman, a newborn baby, a hungry child, and a blabbering slave with her. What a motley crew! If we are to inject karmic beliefs here, this is Scarlett’s weight to tow for all the things that she did in the not so distant past. Almost every house is burned in Tara, and this horrible sight of smoke and rubble forebodes something in Scarlett. Could it be that their house is gone, the very refuge from the war that she is desperately seeking? Contrary to this, the O’Hara house is as solid as ever despite the lack of lights. But there is something ghastly in it, something despondent that fills the rooms with uncomfortable airs. Ellen is dead. Scarlett’s sisters are sick. Gerald is out of grips. Most of the darkies have escaped. What is Scarlett to do? This is a pivotal moment for our protagonist. It’s history repeating itself in …

Gone With The Wind Diaries, II

Day 05: Chapters 10, 11, 12 Gerald O’Hara is supposed to take Scarlett back to Tara, but our Scarlett was able to blackmail him for losing a huge amount of money over a game of poker. Which proves that Scarlett is a cunning woman. Which further proves that she is not as stupid as we give her uhm, discredit for. And what the F&H! Scarlett is reading Ashley’s letters to Melanie. Which is fine with me because it made me like Ashley so much more. Which gives me a dilemma. I also like Rhett. The men have similar ideas regarding the war, which baffles our stupid Scarlett, for can a gentleman and a scoundrel share the same thoughts about the war? And the war is superseding the gender roles and customs that aren’t as immutable as they should be. They are starting to go away with the wind. People are coping with the changes that the war is bringing. Which leads us to a question: should there always be a war to make changes? Day …

Gone With The Wind Diaries, I

Day 01: Chapters 01, 02 Scarlett O’Hara spends an afternoon with the Tarleton twins, who are both interested in our protagonist. Scarlett is quite enjoying the attention that the twins are giving her, but she is bored by their war talk. As she steers the conversation towards a barbecue to be held the next day, she learns from the Tarletons that Ashley Wilkes, the object of her desire, is going to announce his engagement to some girl. Scarlett gets agitated. I was like, whoa, you already have twins fawning over you, and you still want another guy? But this other guy is too cerebral for Scarlett. Arts, poetry, books; that’s what Ashley is made of. And the people call that eccentric. Sheesh. Since Scarlett could not find peace, she confirms the piece of rumor to her father. The latter confirms, so our protagonist’s heart is broken. I find the first two chapters promising, which are filled with intrigue and yes, romance! And yes, there is war, there is going to be war. Day 02: Chapters …