Book Report: April 2015

Book Report: April 2015

This is a great month for all things bookish. I’ve finished five books, reviewed five books, still reading four books, bought more than a dozen books, and hosted a bookish giveaway. Also, I’ve started using Goodreads again. I mean, I’m not just using it partially, like searching for reviews or joining our book club’s online activities. I’ve added all my books and shelves again. Not the reviews though; I’ve just resolved…

My Year in Reading: 2014

Looking Back and Looking Ahead: The 2014 Reading Year + 2015 Reading Goals and Resolutions

2014 is not my year in reading. 2014 was supposed to be my year in writing but alas, it didn’t prove to be that. I expected not to finish the more or less 50 books that I finish each year because of that novel I’ve turned inside my head since I’ve toyed with the idea of writing. I only got to finish drafts for six chapters, roughly a quarter of the projected…

Book Report: October 2014

Book Report: October 2014

October was a great bloggy month, thanks to the LSS feature that I’ve launched and the return of the annual Filipino Fridays. It was also great in terms of discovery. I had the opportunity to visit nice book stores outside our country (one has many great selections and one has many in-store events) and buy books from them. I decided that I will buy at least one book from any country that…

Book Report: September 2014

Book Report: September 2014

September was a great month for so many reasons. First, I managed to read a substantial number books. By substantial, I mean the number of books finished is greater than or equal to the number of Saturdays in a month. September had four. I finished five. Second, the Manila International Book Fair was held. I usually go to the MIBF for the books and discounts. No, you can’t make me…

Book Report: August 2014

Book Report: August 2014

And just like that, it’s already September. From where I live, time speeds up when this month makes its entrance. I’m a little concerned because this has not been a good year for me in terms of the number of books I’ve read. But yeah, I know, that is just a number. It’s just that I wish I could read more. Anyway, at least I managed to finish three books this month.…

Book Report: June 2014

Book Report: June 2014

Today is the exact middle of the year (check Wikipedia), and today I will present not only my June Report, but also my Mid-Year Report. Here’s the June Report: Books Finished: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – 1 out of 5 stars. I’ve returned the copy to its rightful owner. 1/3 of my 2014 Dare Reads. The City and the City by China Miéville – 3 out of 5 stars. Our June book of…

Book Report: April 2014

Book Report: April 2014

Would you believe that more than half of the books that I finished for this year were done in April? And they say that April is the cruelest month. No, it’s really T. S. Eliot who said that. And for once, I have to disagree with him. Actually, my reading interest was in full blast thanks to the hashtag that my bookish friends came up with for the whole month…

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…

F2F26: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

TFG’s Book of the Month for February: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Face to Face Book Discussion Details: Date: February 22, 2014 Place: Cafe Adriatico, Ermita, Manila Time: 2 PM to 6 PM Discussion Leader: Monique Attendees: Me, Aaron, Aenna, Alexa, Alona, Aries, Beejay, Bennard, Ella, Gay, Gwaxa, Ingrid, JL, Jonathan (newbie), Joy, Louize, Mae, Maria, Marie, Meliza, Rhena, Rollie, Tina, Tricia, Veronica, Ycel Food I Ate: Pancit palabok and guyabano juice. Post-discussion Activity: Post-Valentine Exchange (I gave my three Valentines, uhm, highlighters…

Books to Read: December 2013

Books to Read: December 2013

These are the books that I finished last month and the last books that I’ll be reading this year. And, sadly, this is going to be my last reading plan, at least for the mean time. I’ve already mentioned something about this in a previous post. I’ve been quite busy, and as of late, I prefer reading whatever book that gets my attention right there and then. Besides, I’ll be…

Books to Read: November 2013

Books to Read: November 2013

Whoa! I am not going to read all these books for November alone. Actually, these are the books that I finished (just a couple) and that I plan to read for the remaining days of the year. Why am I doing it differently this time? Because, sadly, I am saying goodbye to monthly reading plans next year. This is another change that I am experiencing as a reader. I just…

October Hoards

O. A. – October Acquisitions

  I’d just like to post my book acquisitions for the month. It’s integral not only to this blog but also to my pseudo-accounting. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf – I’ll be rereading this since I picked this as one of the nominees for the book discussion in May next year (yes, I volunteered again). The theme that I selected is modernist novels. (USD 8.56, October 1, The Book Depository)…

The dog is as happy as I am.

Channeling Desiderius Erasmus: A Weekend of Splurging

There is nothing philosophical in this post unless one wants to ponder the philosophy of book hoarding. So I got a little money and I bought books; and whatever was left, I bought food and clothes. This sentence is the only thing that has something to do with the 16th century figure. I feel that I have to talk about this because it’s the first time that I have spent so…

Books to Read: September 2013

Books to Read: September 2013

Hey, I’m still alive! It’s just that I’ve been out of the loop because of work load and lack of a stable Internet connection. I’ve been waiting for nearly a month for one of our national providers to get me connected, but still, there’s no follow-up from them. Welcome to the Philippines. Anyway, here’s the stack of books that I intend to read. The Left Stack (books I want to…

Books to Read: August 2013

Books to Read: August 2013

I do not know if it would make any sense to post a reading plan for this month because I have only finished one book for July and I am only adding one new entry. Shame, shame. But for the sake of keeping up with this monthly post, here we go. The Left Stack (books I want to read soon and books I need to read soon): The Collected Stories…

Before I store them inside a box.

While I was packing my books

I was reminded of the books I recently bought and haven’t yet reported here. Before I completely forget about them, here they are: Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf – The author’s last novel. (Php 75.00, June 15, Book Sale – Edsa Central) The Homecoming by Harold Pinter – One of the Nobel laureate’s most prominent plays. (Php 50.00, June 15, Book Sale – Edsa Central) The Woman in White…

Books to Read: July 2013

Books to Read: July 2013

Here are my July reading plans and my June accomplishment report: The Left Stack (books I want to read soon and books I need to read soon): The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis – from June. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss – it almost won the book of the month for our book club. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – from May. Love in the Time of…

Books to Read: June 2013

Books to Read: June 2013

Check out what I plan to read and what I have accomplished from May’s reading plan: The Left Stack (books I want to read soon and books I need to read soon): The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis – because she’s the winner of Man Booker International Prize 2013. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald – because Camille lent it to me. I am to read this…