Modernist novels that I love and hate

A Conversation Between Two Modernists

I’ve been reading a handful of modernist novels lately. In fact, I picked this as the theme for the book discussion that I hosted for our book club last month. Currently, I’m reading some palate cleansers to resume my modernist streak. But I want to go back soon. It’s evident with my choice of topic for today’s Writing 101 challenge. Write a post based on the contrast between two things —…

My Thirty Greatest Books

Thirty Years, Thirty Books

At the moment of typing this, I realize that I’m spending my last couple of hours as a twenty-something hacking at my book shelves and sorting through my memory for my greatest books. I haven’t read a lot yet, but I already have my small personal canon. There are the random books of my childhood, the limited choices in high school, the varied selections in college, and the hordes of…

Book Blogger Appreciation Week

The Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Compiled Daily Blogging Topics

This is going to be really long because I’m compiling my posts for the five daily topics. I just learned of BBAW 2012 last Wednesday, so please bear with me. For more info, please visit Book Blogger Appreciation Week. Monday: Appreciation! There are no awards this year, but it can still be hard to navigate the huge universe of book blogging. Share with your readers some of the blogs you enjoy…

Thirteen Translations

Quarterly Rhapsody: Translated Books

I almost forgot my quarterly feature, which is a post where I ramble about book-related stuff. Previous topics that I discussed in Quarterly Rhapsody, if you are interested, are: why I blog about books, how I rate my books, following book lists, planning the books to be read, and signed books. So for the third quarter of the year, let’s talk about books translated into other languages. This topic has…

The Classics Club Monthly Meme: August 2012

The Classics Club is taking a revolution! We recently launched our own blog (it was formerly sitting at A Room of One’s Own), or more like six members joined forces and put up the blog, and they, the moderators, are assigned tasks in maintaining the smooth running of the club. One of the activities is the monthly meme, and yes, I will be participating in each one of them. So…

Hunger by Knut Hamsun

Probably the book that best describes me – Hunger by Knut Hamsun

I really can’t help raving about this. I always thank my lucky stars for that day when I bought this at a secondhand book store without intending to. It must be the universe conspiring with the forces; the book spine stared straight into my eyes. I couldn’t resist; I felt a sense of literary power emanating from the book. It was during that time when I’d just randomly pick a…

Back To The Classics Challenge 2012

Back To The Classics Challenge 2012

I’m taking a break from the weekly book write-up to formally announce my intention to join the Back to the Classics Challenge 2012. I never joined book challenges before, but after reviewing my 2012 reading plan, I think I wouldn’t be making huge adjustments. Wait, I have a 2012 reading plan? Yes, but let’s not talk about that now. And going back to the challenge, why not? Anyway, the challenge…

Hunger – Knut Hamsun

Date Started: March 8, 2011. 3 AM. If I didn’t start reading this at such a deathly hour, I might have finished it one sitting. Or is it seating? And there’s only one book yet that I finished in such a small amount of time, and it’s Animal Farm by George Orwell. I forced myself to sleep after reading the first quarter, the second quarter after taking my shower, on…

Hunger – Knut Hamsun

Who bought it: Me. What is it: A struggling writer who desperately writes to various publications in order to fend off his own physical hunger. But the money he earns goes to bills and even charity. Not enough is left for food. He wants to write, but he can’t. Who could write with an empty stomach? When: February 20, 2011 Where: Book Sale – SM Clark Why: This should be a harrowing psychological…