Archive for January 8th, 2012

I promised myself I would go easy on blogging and concentrate on reading more books this year. There are so many books I have set aside the past year in lieu of being in front of  my computer blogging everyday. The lure of books is making itself felt, a little tug here and there, looking into some pages  I accumulated over the years, starting on a few chapters but not really absorbing them.  There are books and there are books that seem dull at first but when you start re-reading them, you ask yourself, “why have I missed this”?  For in truth, they  are just waiting for you to pick them up.  Or maybe the second time around is like a love affair that goes sweeter by the minute. So here goes, this list is not even complete but the books I have here will have to be first. The stash is definitely growing everyday.

  • Mythology – my two kids are lovers of mythology and Nissa invested on hard bound books on Greek, Roman, Norse and Celtic mythology. It’s not too late to educate myself on this because the only mythology book I read before was a paperback copy of  Edith Hamilton’s book. Tall order, don’t you think?
  • Thai Cooking and More – Yes, definitely more experiment in the kitchen. I have tried one or two recipes but the problem is, sometimes it is hard to find authentic Thai ingredients here.
  • Cell by Stephen King – this has sat on our shelf  for the past three years and I haven’t even open the pages. It was a gift from a friend.  It’s hard to read a hard-bound book when you are on the verge of sleep.
  • Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher – Have I read this in the early years, I am not sure now but it’s another book on hard cover. Pilcher is a favorite and I am trying to complete all of her published books.
  • The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown – Dan Brown is not exactly my cup of tea but I’ll give it a try.
  • Border Music by James Waller – Waller is another author whose writing style appeals to me.
  • The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach – would love to read this again and get reacquainted with Richard Bach and LeslieParrish. This is an excellent and wonderful journey of Richard who bares his soul here. It speaks about fate and soul mate encounter. If you loved reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull, you would surely love this too.
  • Valley of Horse by Jean Auel – The thick book scares me but I’ll give it a try.
  • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson – The inspiring account of one man’s campaign to build schools in the most dangerous, remote, and anti-American reaches of Asia . For a time, I was hooked on reading books on Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other Asian countries where turmoil is still present until now.
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman – Well, it’s by Neil Gaiman, no question there.
  • If Life Were A Bowl of Cherrie, What Am I Doing In The Pits by Erma Bombeck – She’s funny, that I can tell!
  • Between Blinks by Jim Paredes – a collection of poems and essays by one of Apo’s members.
  • A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving – There’s a good review on this so I’ll give it a try.
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – would love to re-read this classic. The last time I encountered this book was when I was in high school.
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – Some of my friends are raving about this but I got bore reading the first part. Who knows, I’ll finally find a treasure when I read it again.
  • Julie and Julia  by Julie Powell – Another much-hyped about book that I started but got bored after the first fifty pages.   

What about you? What books do you plan to read this year?


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It’s raining outside and it’s cold. There’s a gentle breeze blowing but this beckons – a plain ube ice cream with crunchy Pandan wafer sticks  to boot!

Do you think it’s weird, eating ice cream on a rainy day?

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