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The First 35 of 2012

Midyear Reading Report

July 2 is the exact middle of the year. That is, for any nonleap year. But since 2012 has an extra day, there’s a little adjustment needed that includes an advance by a number of hours, but hey, it still falls on the same day. But that is not the point. I just merely want to check on my reading progress for this year. When 2012 started, I set my reading goal to 52 books just because there are 52 weeks in a year. I am a slow reader, so I think one book a week is manageable. Goodreads has this tool that tracks how many books so far have you read, and how many books ahead or behind you are. I think this tool is pretty convenient especially if you are one of those people who are dedicated to finishing the reading goals that they set for the year. I know some bookish friends are annoyed at this gadget because they are always told that they are behind. It kind of adds some pressure …

I like the fifth plan

In the countercurrents of the Pacific – Life of Pi by Yann Martel

I am currently reading this with two friends, LS and Maria. We are now halfway through it, at least I am, and I’ll just post my daily inputs for the first three days to make things easier for me. *** Day 1: Welcome to Zookeeping 101! The first 50 pages felt like nonfiction. It was fun though. The animal talk is just expected, but what I am surprised about is all this talk about Christian and Muslim and Hindu gods. So how will the author make the reader believe in God if he presents multiple gods? I am a monotheist, and that involves a longer discussion. Maybe this can be discussed later. During the first few pages, I had a little problem with Pi’s name. Is it pea or is it pie? I’m glad that this is cleared soon enough. Anyway, Pi is quite a likable character. He’s smart and he strikes me as someone who’d rather be alone. Another problem that I encountered is whether or not this novel is based on real life. It …

Books to Read for March 2012

Books To Read: March 2012

March! The last month of the first quarter. And a new set of reading plan. Okay, now I really, really have to follow this reading plan. I know, I shouldn’t be too austere with reading; it takes away the joy of reading, yes? But I beg to disagree. I actually enjoy the imposition of rigorous reading discipline. Currently, I am still running through the last hundred pages of Number9Dream and barely touched The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. A huge backlog! I am not even sure if I should adjust my self-required five books per month, which is actually six because I still need to add our book group’s book of the month. I did some computing, like how many pages should I read each day, and I think this could be managed. Here are the books: Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion – this is not on the original plan, but after seeing a copy of it at Book Sale and buying it for Kwesi, a bookish friend who bought me a …

Life Of Pi – Yann Martel

Who bought it: Aldrin of GR-TFG. What is it: It’s about Pi, son of a zookeeper, who is trapped with a tiger on a lifeboat. To eat or not to eat? Hmm. When: July 23, 2011 Where: GoodReads – The Filipino Group 5th Meet Up, Congo Grille, El Pueblo. Why: A Booker winner. And the trade paperback is just irresistible. This is also the prize that I took from a pile of books when our group won the literary pop quiz. How much: Free!