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Book Report: April 2016

Book Report: April 2016

Before I announce the winner of my birthday giveaway (yes, there are participants), let me just get the monthly report out of the way. Books Finished: Remainder by Tom McCarthy – 3 out of 5 stars. Will try my best to review it after I sort out my life. Currently Reading: Nothing yet. Will probably start reading our book of the month later, The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. I don’t know what it is about. TFG Book Bingo Progress: So that’s only two squares since January. Gaaah, what am I doing? To be fair, I had gone through an intense ordeal, one that involves real life shit that I hope no one among you will experience. But that’s over now, I guess. I really shouldn’t be talking about it, so let’s just talk about bingo squares? Here are the entries: Pat recommended Nobody’s Perfect by Anthony Lane (About movies) and Juliet Naked by Nick Hornby (About music). Tin recommended Les Liasons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (Erotic fiction), The Handmaid’s Tale …

Book Report: March 2016

Book Report: March 2016

April! My favorite month in spite of the heat it carries in this part of the world. Books Finished: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – 5 out of 5 stars. I just finished it a few minutes ago. I’m still under the book’s spell so maybe this rating is rather premature, the kind of rating that one makes when one is still hyperventilating and sniffling and starting to realize how stupid one looks hugging a book as if it were a dear baby. I’m playing Beck’s Morning Phase for the mood (the lyrics do not matter). Anyway, I’ll come up with a review soon. Siglo: Freedom, edited by Dean Francis Alfar and Vin Simbulan – 3 out of 5 stars. Our book club’s March read. Currently Reading: I might start something fantastic for my book bingo because… TFG Book Bingo Progress: …there is no progress. Remember, book club reads are not counted and I couldn’t find a bingo square for A Little Life. I have nothing else to say. I’m still thinking of A Little Life. Later!

Book Report: February 2016

Book Report: February 2016

Two months, two books, two reviews. I don’t think it’s bad. On the contrary, it feels good because I no longer stress about how many books I should have read by now and I’m able to dish out some of my thoughts and feelings about the books that I finished. They are by no means anything like the reviews of James Wood or Tim Parks but they still serve something: a record of my reading experience. Books Finished: Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish – 5 out 5 stars. Review here. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan – 3 out of 5 stars. Our book club’s February read. Review here. Currently Reading: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – On page 259 of 720. I see why people love this. The narrative is straightforward and the characters are so fleshed out that you can imagine yourself being in their company. I still have a long way to go though but I’m always looking forward to reading it every night, that is when I’m …

Book Report: January 2016

Book Report: January 2016

The 2016 reading race gave me a bad handicap known as the Slump, which is quite surprising because I usually go through such phases during the middle of the year. In previous years, I was usually enthusiastic about planning what books I’d like to read for the year. Like last year, I planned to read NBCC winners. Of course I failed at it but I really don’t see it that way because I’ve been able to read other books. It’s not like I didn’t read anything; I was merely sidetracked by equally good books. Now that it’s a new year, I can put the NBCC plan back into action, yes? Well, I have another reading plan set up this year but before I babble about that, let me tell you about the number of books that I’ve finished last month. It’s a grand total of zero. Yep, I’m still at the starting point. In fact, I only started reading again last week since November. So that’s roughly two months since I last finished a book. Actually, I wasn’t …

Book Report: December 2015

Book Report: December 2015 + Reading Goals and Resolutions + The Best and the Worst

Hello, 2016! It’s so refreshing to start on another blank slate. Goal setting must be pretty common in the bookish blogosphere; they’re ten a dime for sure. So yeah, here’s another list of bookish and not so bookish goals and resolutions for you. But before that, let’s get the monthly report out of the way. I’m going to cut the chase short; I didn’t finish any book last month. In fact, I didn’t read anything. But I did get a few new books A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James – a gift from H. Thank you! I hope to guess the Booker winner again this year. [December 4] Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman – I just have to get my own copy! [January 2, Book Sale – Walter Mart Munoz, Php 145.00] Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg – a gift from Tin. Thank you! I would like to think that this is a thoughtful gift (we both like the film Kill Your Darlings). [December 5] The Story …

Book Report: November 2015

Book Report: November 2015

The last month of 2015 is here! Already, I’m making blogging plans and resolutions for 2016. What plans? Uhm, nothing solid. Heh. What resolutions? The usual. Ugh. Post book reviews as soon as I finish reading books (this is a book blog after all). And you know what? Each year, I fail again and again at it. Not a breaking news item, but I just want to put it out there anyway. No shame in it. It’s a common thing among casual book bloggers, I believe. For me to be able to stick with this single resolution, maybe I should give up following review structures and forget about the pointers that professional critics give on writing good book reviews. Not totally, but I’ll stick more to my voice and let it take its own course. Let the book rhapsodies flow naturally! I’ll also keep them short and simple. Shorter and simpler, yes. The Internet breeds volatile attention spans, so yeah, it is good idea to adapt. Let the NYRB columnists do the expansive 5k-word reviews (of which …

Book Report: October 2015

Book Report: October 2015

There’s not much to report on since I only managed to finish one book last October. Great. So am I going to kiss my Goodreads challenge goodbye? It says I’m five books behind schedule, and I’m not making a lot of progress with my current reads, which are both heavyweights. Perhaps I can pick up a handful of skinny books for the remaining months of the year just so I can make it through. Consider that cheating if you like, but really, I don’t think book length is an issue. I could read a stack of lightweights and exceed my goal of 52 books, but I don’t think I can anyway. The issue is that I’m not that inspired to read a lot lately. There are a lot of things that distract me now. I’ve reverted to my eight-year-old self: playing computer games and watching gymnastics videos. I’ve already discussed my addiction to games lately, so let’s skip that. And yes, I so wanted to be a gymnast when I was a kid. I wanted …