Last year, I managed to read 100 books . It was an astounding and fulfilling experience I had not expected . It just so happened that I had rude awakening in that mid-year when I found out that Goodreads, the biggest book club site in the world , has this challenging goal for its members including myself. You can set a reading goal as many as you can. The site monitors how many reads you have done so far which I am a little quite pressured about. However, I realized that you don’t need to keep up with the goal. Just enjoy the book. You can understand it more.
Since I just created my own book blog in March this year, it is now too late for me to share the books I have read for the past 4 months. So I will just share the ones I read in July, the month when I was so obsessed with reading more books.
Supposedly, I must read only the books on my currently-reading shelf on Goodreads. However, I drew my attention to the local books I bought on sale. Well, that’s the way a bookworm and book lover is.
The books are more on poems, LGBT, essays, children books, novellas, and short stories.
1. Human Decency by Gong Ji Young ( 3/5 stars ). One of the Korean fictions my nun student gave to me as a pasalubong ( gift ) coming from her country. I liked the story because its plot is quite enigmatic and misleading.
2. Saling Pusa by Genaro R. Gojo Cruz ( 1/ 5 stars ) I had had a hard time looking for its copy at National Book Store branches .
Not much satisfied with its story but I was glad to have read one of Genaro Cruz’s children books since I am now his avid fan upon reading his YA Connecting the Dots: Kung Paano Ko Kinulayan ang Aking Buhay.
I have still been hunting his other works such as Si Tolits, Jeep ni Mang Tomas, Ang Bahaghari, Ang Malaking Kahon ng Sorpresa,Pitong Angel, Ang Aking Pamilya, Hello, Tatay!, Ang Asul na Kariton, Malaking Malaking Bahay, Ang Kamisetang Dilaw. and Si Nanay Mining at ang Tatlong Kuting.
I am now a Genaronian. (laughs)
3. Nanay Coring by Yvette Hernandez ( 2/ 5 stars ) A simple story – enough to educate children how the National Book Store reached its apogee under the indefatigable determination of Nanay Coring
4.Angkas by Aris Santos ( 3 / 5 stars ) An LGBT short story which opens narrow-minded individuals’ eyes to the real internal feelings of a gay toward a straight man.
5. Hangganan by Aris Santos ( 3/ 5 stars ) Another eye-opener LGBT short story. The story is realistic that only LGBT community can understand.
6. Best Man by Aris Santos ( 3/ 5 stars ) It could be my most favorite work of Aris Santos. I cringed at the story , but its concept bespeaks that there is such thing Love Triangle between a gay and man and a woman. Enough said!
7. A Dwarf Launches a Little Ball by Cho Se-Hui ( 3/ 5 stars ) Another story that illustrates what a really knitted Korean family looked like when Korea was still a poor country.
8. Father Solo and other stories by Isagani R. Cruz ( 5/ 5 stars ) Thanks to Isagani . I have now the confidence to write.
9. The Soul Mate Meets its Mate by Arch Bala ( 1/ 5 stars ) I did not like the story- ill-thought and slapdash. It could be a chit-lit. Nevertheless, I admired Bala’s craft of writing.
10. Ang Kwento ng Manok at ang Asong si Patty by Arch Bala ( 4/ 5 stars ) Among Bala’s works, it is the only one that astounded and proved me wrong that he has what it takes to be a good writer. Encore, Arch! I liked this kind of story. It could be your trademark. ^_^
11. Sapatos by Arch Bala ( 2/ 5 stars ) What happened? The beginning and the middle part are almost cliff-hanging and at the same time impressively adulterated with the beautiful sentences. However, its ending seems like the author was at loss for another ideas. God willing! Sayang!
12. Hope by Arch Bala ( 1/ 5 stars ) It just so happened that I am not Kapampangan. I had these stuffy feelings.
13. Bulosan by Carlos Bulosan ( 5 / 5 stars ) Another remarkable collections of Carlos Bulosan.
14. The Landlady by Road Dahl ( 1/ 5 stars ) The longer I read Road Dahl’s stories, the more I come to realize that I don’t enjoy his works much. I still have some of his other short stories, but I will still hang in there.
15. Bight, Catholic-and Gay by Danton Remoto ( 4/ 5 stars ) I admire Danton Remoto’s writing styles. He is one of the writers along with Doris Lessing, and Isagani R. Cruz who made me muster enough confidence that I CAN write.
16. The Secret of the Cave and Other Stories for young readers by Ed Maranan ( 3/ 5 stars ) Light and typical of Filipino writing
17. Ladlad 3 by Danton Remoto ( 5/ 5 stars ) At last I have completed this classic LGBT literature. I hope to read its new edition.
18. Sugar and Salt by Nichotchka Rosca ( 5/ 5 stars ) Rotska has this gall to experiment a literary work. It is a W. O.W.!
19. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White ( 3 / 5 stars ) A philosophical book that an average young reader might not have an idea of what this book is really all about.
20. Pulot Gata by Danton Remoto ( 3/ 5 stars ) Read between the lines. ^^
21. Twisted Travels by Jessica Zafra ( 3/ 5 stars) Now I understand why Jessica Zafra is an immortal writer.
22. Gaydar by Danton Remot ( 5/ 5 stars ) Danton Remoto said , “ You CAN write after all.”
23. Where the Boys Are by Richard Labonte ( 3/5 stars ) An erotica which narrow-minded , or to put it bluntly, hypocrite, readers might cringe at.
I haven’t written my reviews of the books above yet on account of my demanding job. I need enough time to do so.
In this August , I will be clearing out my currently –reading shelf on Goodreads. The books have been collecting dust bunnies and mice.
- Moby Dick by Herman Merville. I miss reading a classic steeped in old English words.
- A Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. I want to understand Nelson Mandela’s fighting spirit again.
- Thinking by John Brockman . It is mental calisthenics.
- Dead Air by Iain Banks. I learned that it is not a good read, but still I will give it a try.
When I am tired of their hefty contents, I might turn to:
- A Man in the Dark by Paul Austere.
- Jungle of No Memory: A Memoir of a Japanese Soldier by Hiroyuki Mizuguchi.
- Spartacus by Howard Fast . Little did I realize that I am fond of reading books on ancient military.
So far I have read 2 book for the first week of August.I am now kicking to bury myself in those above-mentioned books. ^^
Happy Reading to everyone! ^_^