Posted in books, Goodreads, guilty pleasures, journeys, literature and Fiction, more books, tagged 2015 reading challenge, books, Boris Pasternak, Diana Gabaldon, guilty pleasures, journeys, Leo Tolstoy, life, literature and Fiction, reading, reading challenge, reading list on July 5, 2015 |
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How’s this for a first post this month?
When I started this reading challenge this January, I was not even sure if I could finish 50 books in a year because sometimes, lulls in reading are more frequent than the number of times I hold a book in my hand. It’s a great leap from the 35 I managed to read in 2014. Goodreads says, “You have read 50 of 50 books in 2015.” Chick lit, YA, fiction, a memoir, some inspirational books and contemporary stories made up my reading list for the challenge. And it helped that I have my new tab because I could read at night without interruption. Now it’s time to concentrate on the classic books that I wanted to read for a long, long time but didn’t have the time to start. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is on the list, so with the L.M. Montgomery series ( I love Anne of Avonlea), Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, my new and still unopened copy of The Collected Works of Oscar Wilde (the complete plays, poems and stories including The Picture of Dorian Gray and De Profundis) and maybe cap it with the Outlander Series (a re-read) by Diana Gabaldon before the year ends.
There is this sweet lady I follow here on WordPress. Lately, she was able to publish a book based on the series of books and authors she has read in a year. Her blog is aptly called A Year of Reading the World. She sourced books from different authors in different countries. I dream of doing that too, some day, not the publishing of a book but reading several authors like she did. I love this quote from William Styron:
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.
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It’s good to be back.
I haven’t been feeling well the past days so blogging has taken a back seat. Arrggh…the aches and pains of getting old. It’s quite nice to read other people’s thoughts once again and look at the lovely photos after a self-imposed absence from blogging. Sometimes, I feel so lazy to even boot the computer and check my e-mails. I just checked my stats and saw some previous posts which kept appearing on my most read/top posts. This blog entry is actually my 1675th one. I think I’ve already covered almost every subject that I wanted to share in cyberspace.
In between taking naps now and then and drinking lots and lots of water and buko juice (young coconut juice), I’ve finished three books in four days. I would have wanted to visit Nissa’s family last weekend but I always find it a challenge to commute on my own. Nate had fever too, so with Nissa so we survived on Viber, Skype and text messages. Thank God we are okay now. Hopefully, we could be together either on Saturday or Sunday to celebrate Josef’s 31st birthday.
A friend recently commented on one of my notes at FB about the books I have on my list. I couldn’t remember how many books I’ve read before including those of Nissa’s that she used to collect (Charmed series, Sweet Valley High and Sweet Valley University). You would probably classify them now as YA books, chick lit or contemporary ones. I grew up on M & B when I was in high school and all books were borrowed from the library. I have some all-time favorites though. They taught me so many things. Here’s my short list:
1. Markings – Dag Hammarskjold
2. Seasons in the Sun – Rod McKuen
3. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten – Robert Fulghum
4. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint Exupery
5. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
6. Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom
7. Letting Go – Morrie Schwartz
8. The Heart of Loving – Eugene Kennedy
9. Gift from the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
10. Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach
11. Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am – John Powell
12. Simple Moments – Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD
13. Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White
14. I Like You Just Because – Albert Nimeth, OFM
15. Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl
16. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
17. Embraced By the Light – Betty J. Eadie
18. It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It – Robert Fulghum
19. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
20. Grow Something Besides Old – Laurie Beth Jones
I actually blogged about this on 15 Books, 15 Minutes years ago (list of 15 books you can recall in 15 minutes). I hope you’re not getting bored reading a blog post all about books. I just started on my second book of Lisa Genova called Love Anthony and it’s about autism. Remember Still Alice?
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Posted in books, journeys, life, literature and Fiction, silence speaks, tagged books, journeys, life, literature and Fiction, reading, reading materials, Sylvia Plath on May 25, 2015 |
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Maybe I am lucky or perhaps I am really blessed.
When I was working as a student librarian back in college, I was assigned to this lovely section of the UST Library called Humanities, that’s where you find all those books on Philosophy, Ethics, Psychology, Literature, Fiction and all the lovely reading materials that encompass what humanities mean. Nowadays, some people might think that it is a boring subject and has nothing to do with Math or Science but it adds life to one’s existence. It allows you to see the beauty of how to feel and see the beauty of your thoughts and relate to such experiences by others in a world where it is undoubtedly dominated by science. I had a book buddy who used to say, nobody reads anymore. I don’t agree because some people couldn’t live without books, I am one of them.
There was this Arts student who used to borrow books by Sylvia Plath. He would come to the library either to renew the due date of a book or borrow another one, all of Sylvia Plath. I got curious so I tried to read one of her books. I remember reading Ariel and learning that we had the same birthday. It’s sad though that her life has to end at a very young age of thirty. Such a tragic death for one so gifted. All these years, I looked for her most popular work called The Bell Jar. It’s been on my wish-list for quite sometime now. She is not exactly a favorite but I love her words. I was lucky to find a copy of her book, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath. I cannot wait to start reading it as soon as I finish the two chick lit books that I am enjoying at the moment. I am curious why she committed suicide at such an early age. I am curious why people still read her works until now. Here is a quote that garnered more than 10,000 likes in Goodreads.
“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.”
Maybe I am just lucky or perhaps I am really blessed to find her again.
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Posted in books, gardening, guilty pleasures, life, literature and Fiction, reading, tagged 2015 reading challenge, books, gardening, guilty pleasures, life, literature and Fiction, reading on May 20, 2015 |
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Finally, finally, I am back.
I’ve missed all of you guys. I’ve missed reading your blog posts the past days. I’ve been busy with household chores, gardening and organizing my book shelves. Funny how, there are books from my favorite authors in which I have two copies. I gave some paperback copies to a friend. There is another friend I know who intentionally buys two copies each of her favorite books, one for reading (usually a paperback) and one kept inside a glass book shelf (either a trade paper back or a hardbound one). One thing I lack though is enough space for our books, Nissa’s are mostly hardbound, Josef’s books take up space too. We have a big Lexicon that weighs a ton. I have to list those earlier finds that are now classic books. I’m 60% done with my 2015 reading challenge on Goodreads and I am planning to save the best for last – memoirs and classics.
The carabao grass needs trimming so instead of waiting for Josef to have his days off, I started it three days ago. I only garden early in the morning while the sun hasn’t shown its face yet, an hour or two but not beyond two hours at the most. Can’t stand being outside at 8am (it’s really hot) so I have to wake up early to water the plants, trim the grass and do a little deadheading of my Gardenia blooms. I can’t exactly remember now but a few months ago, our neighbor gave me a little pot of Ginseng plant. It has tiny red buds now about to bloom. I know it is a medicinal plant and I can’t wait to see its flowers in bloom.
Last Friday, I bought my first ever tablet (My Pad 4/Tierra). Lucky for me, it was on sale and I bought it for a lot less than it cost two weeks ago. It’s a 7.8″ Android tab with 3G, an 8MP autofocus rear camera and a 5MP front camera and an 8GB built-in memory. It has an expandable memory up to 32GB. Josef bought me a 32GB micro SD, a jelly cover and a screen protector along with a new SIM card and prepaid card too. Since I intend to use it mostly for my e-books, I installed the Aldiko e-Reader (it is the most user-friendly I guess). I tried the Moon + Reader too on my other phone. If you ask me which is more convenient, nothing can compare to the smell of new books and lovingly turning the pages while you discover a different world out there but having e-books is okay too especially when you read at night because you can always adjust the brightness and the font size plus there is a night mode too. For now though, I am loving my e-books conveniently arranged alphabetically on my e-reader. I can’t wait to read Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield (the last time was during my college days), William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina to name a few and all the lovely chick lit that makes me laugh and cry a little.
I couldn’t ask for more.
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“Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.” – Madeleine L’Engle
I started reading it two nights ago and it got me hooked. Reading YA is sometimes a joy….the ingredients are all there, science fiction, fantasy, children’s literature. I wonder why I only found it only now when it was published as early as 1962. Would also love to see the film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. I still have few more pages to read.
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Posted in blogging, book review, books, guilty pleasures, literature and Fiction, more books, silence speaks, tagged 2015 reading challenge, books, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, friendship, guilty pleasures, Jennifer Worth, literature and Fiction, Milan Kundera, Mitch Albom, reading, silence speaks, Sue Monk Kidd, thoughts and ramblings, Umberto Eco on March 11, 2015 |
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How long has it been since I last posted here? It’s almost a week and I need to catch on the many blog posts that I missed over the last few days. Busy, busy, busy – busy gardening, busy searching for books to read, busy reading at night until my eyes hurt from the glare of my cellphone. Oh well, it is nice to be back. I am just glad to know that even if I’ve been away for a while, I finally reached 320,000 plus (320,180 as of this writing). Not that it matters much but it is important to me that some readers go back to my earlier posts and leave comments. Having more followers of course in the last two weeks are an added bonus.
Last night, some thoughts were playing in my head but I was just too lazy to jot them down. Regrets come always late of course because I could not remember them now. I’ve been to my once-a-month hair trim at David’s this afternoon and as usual I had a nice chat with some of the staff and their other customers there. My hair stylist told me that they will be transferring to Oasis hub by June and I asked her why and she said that the present site will be converted into a mixed-use structure with a mall and residential units. When it comes to the latest news, they are always updated.That pretty started our conversation about developments in the area. Ever Gotesto mall which has been here for almost two decades will finally close its doors on Sunday. I asked them why and they told me that it was sold to a larger entity whose owner is the richest man in the Philippines and included in the Forbes list of billionaires in the whole world. “You mean we will be having another SM mall here in our area?” They nodded in unison and a customer exclaimed “Good luck sa traffic”. I wanted to buy some kitchen towels but when I reached the mall, almost everything is packed and even the grocery shelves are almost empty. I felt sad for those employees who will lose their jobs because they were hired from an agency. Some tenants are just waiting for their contract to end. I asked one of my favorite shops there, a small entity that sells all things Japanese, meaning, their shelves are full of things made in Japan if they are going to transfer too and the cashier said they don’t know. I always visit this place every time I go to Ever because I love looking at their small kitchen gadgets, I love looking at their tea sets and Japanese mugs/cups used in tea-drinking. Come to think of it, we have an SM mall at every nook and cranny of Metro Manila and suburbs, I am just wondering how many more they would build in the future. Do we really need all that much? It will always be a welcome development of course, I am just wondering what will happen to those small enterprises which are still existing in the area.
Yeay for good books. I finally found some books that I’ve long wanted to read. Some of them are e-books which will be part of my 2015 Reading Challenge. Here are some of the titles I’ve added to my TBR list. So excited to read them all. I am six books in advance for this challenge. I hope I make it this time.
- The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom. I’ve been on the lookout for Albom’s books since Tuesdays With Morrie.
- The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Just started reading a few lines. This is my third book of this author after the legendary The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair. I wrote a short review of The Secret Life Of Bees long ago and watched the movie too. If I have time, I will look for the movie adaptation of The Mermaid Chair on YouTube and will watch it too.
- The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. Finally, after a long search :)
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. My book club friends rate this as a five-star. War torn Barcelona, 1945. So curious about the story.
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. I’ve long wanted to read this too but I could not find a copy. I wonder why it belongs to the 500 must read books and one of the 1000 books you have to read before you die. It’s a friend’s favorite book.
- The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times (Book 1)by Jennifer Worth. Set in East End slums of post-war London.
- Shadows of the Workhouse (Book 2) by Jennifer Worth
- Farewell To the East End (Book 3) by Jennifer Worth. I read the short summaries of these three books on Goodreads and I can’t wait to start plus the book covers of two kids on the last two say a lot. I love memoirs.
- First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. I’ve read books of this author before and I love the magical touch of paranormal in her stories.
- The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson. I love every title with the word book in it, that’s why. A first novel so maybe it’s worth it.
I wonder how long it would take me to finish these ten titles. We’ll see. How about you? What books are you reading now?
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