All posts tagged: Graham Swift

The Sunday Salon - July 9, 2012

Reading, and then Rereading

This is another slow week for me. I actually thought of ditching all the books that I have planned to read for this month. But don’t be alarmed; it was just a passing thought, something that I didn’t take seriously. Besides, I think I have really good books lined up ahead, so this should be an interesting month. But before that, let’s wrap up the June books that I just finished this week. Last Orders by Graham Swift Date Started: June 24, 2012. 2:00 PM. Date Finished: July 4, 2012. 9:30 PM. Book #36 of 2012 Oh god, perhaps I shouldn’t have read this along with another book by one of my favorite authors. I was easily annoyed by the characters and practically every little thing about it. I even found myself chucking it off and then settling for that other book, which is the one below. So it took me ten days to finish this slim book? Oh well. It was really a struggle for me. Write-up to follow. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell Date …

The Sunday Salon - June 25, 2012

Reading: Absalom, Absalom!; Last Orders; Ghostwritten

I’m trying to catch up on my June books. There’s only a week left so what I did was to finish the Faulkner book that I started last week and practiced bigamy on the remaining two books. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner Date Started: June 17, 2012. 12:00 AM. Date Finished: June 23, 2012. 1:00 AM. Book #35 of 2012 The Classics Challenge: Book #05 of 75 I was totally swept away by this book, not while I was reading it but a few minutes after I closed it and brooded on the events. I breathed deeply, let out a sigh, muttered something like ohmygod, and felt a little ache in my heart. Faulkner’s prose works its effect right after the whole thing blows ever. I still cannot assume that I fully understood the novel, but what the hey, I don’t care. I love it. I love it, I love it! Write-up to follow. Last Orders by Graham Swift Date Started: June 24, 2012. 2:00 PM. Current Page: 61 of 295 Book #36 of 2012 …

Books To Read: June 2012

Books To Read: June 2012

Would you believe that I finished all my May books, plus the backlogs, before posting this monthly reading plan? It’s a first! This is an achievement, no? Although I did not finish the last book on May 31, 11:59 PM, at least I managed to clear up before coming up with another plan. So I guess the next step would be to finish the following books on the dot, don’t you think? The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien – Our book club’s book of the month. I am now reading it, as mentioned in my post yesterday. I was a little bored with all the text before the first chapter, even the prologue. I even entertained the notion that this might not be like my The Hobbit experience at all, but once I got into the first chapter, I threw all such notions away. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout – A Pulitzer winner. I’ve heard mixed reactions on this one. Some say it’s a thoughtful novel, others say it’s a boring …

Last Orders – Graham Swift

Who bought it: Me. What is it: It is about the last orders of someone. Okay, the only last order that I remember from the blurb is that his ashes must be thrown somewhere. I also remember that there are four executors of these last orders. When: August 7, 2011 Where: Book Sale – SM Mall of Asia Why: It’s a Booker winner. I once saw a copy of this before at another second-hand book store, but the price was too high for something that is used. I passed on it that day, and when I decided to buy it anyway, it was already gone. Good thing that I found a cheaper copy. How much: Php 75.00 (Image courtesy of