Archive for ‘Bookworm’

November 29, 2011

Books for 2011: The Magicians

I cannot recall where I came across the book “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman. I think it was because somebody commented somewhere that Allison Harvard of ANTM looks like Alice Quinn in the said series.

While I did forget about the comparison, somehow thinking about it, I do think Allison fits the bill. But one person is fictional, whereas the other is living and breathing.

At any rate, I started reading The Magicians two days ago, and although for some reason I find myself not exactly bored by it, but I am not totally enamored by it as well. Yet, I cannot seem to put the book / ebook down. It’s like, despite the fact that I do not care much about the characters, I still care enough to read. And it is not like i have nothing to read – because I do have other books to read – I keep on reading.

The writing is not bad, in fact, I believe it is quite good. Lev Grossman manages to describe something but not really describe it at all… it’s foggy. But then again, I guess that is what the book is all about, some place that is there but is not.

Right from the time I started reading, I decided parts of it were smelling like “The Chronicles of Narnia”. Though I have not read the books yet – and you can crucify me now – but I am familiar with the story, so this book has a layer to it that screams Narnia. But it’s really not the main story… and parts of it smell like Harry Potter, and even has references to Harry Potter, but it still isn’t it.

After a while, I just decided to continue reading and stop minding the references and perhaps just tag it as cool because the references are there but not really.

I am not sure if I have the stamina to continue reading though. But since I have this dislike for unfinished books, I think I shall keep on reading and hope for the best. Since it is interesting enough, I think I shall read on…

What do you think? Have you heard about or read this book?

Allison Harvard of ANTM

October 28, 2011

At a cafe, and I am okay

I should be bored, bored, bored. Well, I am bored to a certain extent… but I don’t feel that much alone anymore.

This blog post came after another one that was peppered with loneliness during my previous trip to Cagayan de Oro. I am still here, however, but I am no longer as sad, bored, or lonely. I am tired. That’s just about it.

My brother graduated yesterday. Oh, what joy! That makes it two children down, and two more to go for my mother. Next year, hopefully, my sister is next.

I am pretty much just counting the days before I leave my current place of employment. Pardon me if I say this with glee, but I am soooo “FUDGING HAPPY!” It feels so liberating, and I haven’t even left the company yet. Despite not knowing what comes afterwards, I think I have just had enough. Enough is enough. And that is all there is to it. The people at work seem to think that I will not push through with it. But believe me, its just two more weeks and I am free!!! This is just a courtesy stay. I am not waiting for anything anymore. So tired.

This sucks because even when I am literally on another island, my thought still drift to work… meh.

In other news, I just had to purchase a book because I was bored. You see, my siblings’ apartment does not have a TV or a computer, and it is kind of far from any Internet cafe especially at night. So I just had to find something to help me ease my pain.

The book is entitled, “The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through a Maze of Computer Espionage” by Clifford Stoll. Actually, I had borrowed a copy of this book around 3 years ago, but I had to return it to the owner without being able to read it because I was a bit too busy. The book was published in 1989, and what I find interesting is that the hacking and the languages that were mentioned are quite old. It’s really nice. I look forward to finishing it before I go back to work.

 

Anyway, this is just a quick update from my end of the world. I think I shall write another post. Because lately I have been feeling the writing bug, and I want to write write write write write write. Weird huh? 🙂

Cheers!

June 5, 2011

Does the Noise In My Head Bother You?

Right now, I am few chapters away from reading Steven Tyler’s memoir “Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?”

As much as I want to claim that I blazed through the book and finished it in a couple of days, I must admit that I have not yet finished it but I am cherishing it. Does that make sense?

Right from the first few lines of the Semiprologue, Steven Tyler and his co-writer have caught me hook, line, and sinker.

I am not sure if I am ready to declare that the book is profound nor am I equipped to make a review. But I just want to say that the book is quite entertaining, creative, inspiring, and funny!

Somebody told me that it is not Steven Tyler who wrote the book, but you have to admit, it is quite convincing. The words and the “voice” that the book has literally screams Steven Tyler, and his wackiness, loose-cannonball ideas and what-not are evident as well. I do not mind it at all. I guess I can relate.. my head is as noisy as his head.

My brain spouts gazillion ideas in one hour, making it hard for me to zone in on one idea and just FOCUS! So.. Steven and I have noisy minds.. but unlike his mind, my thoughts are not getting published. Not even on the web! 😛

For some reason, it is taking me the same amount of time to get through the book as I would a book written by Robert Fulghum. I take in all the things that Steven Tyler is talking about, and all these philosophies that he just throws at you.

It is truly a delight so far.

Suffice it to say that I feel stirrings of inspiration despite the current writing stump, and I tip my hat to Steven Tyler for making me happy.

Now… where do I get a paperback version of this book?

April 4, 2011

Today, in my dreams

My friend told me to take note of my dreams.

Most of these musings have been written in my journal especially those that are quite disturbing for me.

For the past few days, my dreams revolve around storm spirits or venti, gods and goddesses in both Roman and Greek forms, and myself waking up as though I have been fighting evil throughout the night.

Of course, there is nothing to fight when I one my eyes and see the orange glow that my night light gives out.

I have a night light. Yes, I do.

in the past, my dreams are vivid, heart pounding and often exhilerating. I remember what happened and I can zero in on clues that allow me to at least interpret the dream better.

But today (tonight), the dream is not so clear. All I know is that I felt like I was part of a story or a movie, and that of course I was a demigod. Whose child was I? I have no idea yet.

I always fancied myself the daughter of Ares, but then again I am not so sure now. While I do have a certain affinity with fire, and somehow I have a hard time relating with “organic life forms” also known as humans… I’ve come to a theory that I may be a child of Hephaestus. Maybe.

Somehow my dreams are this much interesting whenever I start read about myths.

And yes, I reckon this is what I get for devouring Rick Riordan’s “The Lost Hero”. I am almost at the end. 😉

April 3, 2011

Whats on my bookshelf?

 

My friend inspired me to write this post because she gave the world a look of her old books and new bookshelf.

Okay, so in our current bedroom, we have 2 walls that have shelves and a kind of cabinet at the bottom. Technically the room is not ours so I cannot demolish things as of the moment. The shelvs we have divided into two, half of which contains MY clothes – yes, all of my clothes fit a quarter of a wall.

The other half is filled with books that I have collected over the last 2 years. I left a huge box of books at our old house, because there is simply no space for me to stash them. I did have this room at the old house that was filled with 2 more shelves of books too. Harharhar

I do not have a picture of my bookshelf right now, but the books that you can find on my shelf is a huge mix. Seriously. I have books by E.L. Doctorow, Stephen King, Jeffery Deaver seated right next to Robert Fulghum. Then I have computer textbooks right next to Drury & Tillet‘s The Occult: Sourcebook of Esoteric Wisdom. Then I have Shel Silverstein next to a couple of Harlequin Blaze paperbacks, dictionaries and books on classical mythology right next to Jonathan Stroud books. I also have a couple of new age books, a book on herbs, a couple of poetry books, short stories on love next to The Indie Band Survival guide. I also have Gaardner, classic novels like Great Expectations, a couple of compilation books of fairy tales and short stories, autobiographical books like Melville (I had one of Henry the Eighth in gilded hardback but I gave it to a friend). I also have Mitch Albom, Robert Ludlum, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ovid Demaris, Frederick Forsythe, Melissa de la Cruz and Paulo Coelho.

Yes, it is a mix. And that was just my current shelf. Most of the books I have already read. Some are new old books which I got from this sale. I love thrifting for books… did I tell you that?

Anyway, I also have a lot of ebooks that I need to finish. Hardeeharhar.

I am currently reading Rick Riordan’s “The Lost Hero.” Dude, it is so good! I cannot wait for the next installment, and I am just half-way since I started yesterday.

Mythology and me, we be friends. Which is why I kind of like to devour Riordan’s books. If only I could purchase the whole collection of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, I would be in heaven.

And that is all. 🙂

 

P.S. Did I ever tell you I always wanted my own library??

January 14, 2011

3 down, 97 to go

Okay so I forgot to update my reading goal.

I will be quick about this, okiedokie? 🙂

I finished “Hot Spot” by Debbi Rawlins, and I have now moved forward and currently reading “Heat Wave” by Jill Marie Landis.

No comments for now, except that I live reading these novels because… Well, it inspires me when it comes to my love life. LOL

Current books that will be read soon:

  • “The Last Mafioso” by Ovid Demaris
  • “Misguided Angel” by Melissa de la Cruz
  • “Sophie’s World” by Jostein Gaarder (rereading because I love it)
  • “Melville” by Newton Arvin

Regarding the “Melville” book, I actually bought it at BookSale the other day for just Php. 20.00 or half a dollar. Copyright, 1950! 🙂 Not bad at all.

By the way, I am looking for a copy of Max Luthi’s “Once Upon a Time: On the Nature of Fairy Tales”. I wonder if somebody has an ebook copy or perhaps a book. 🙂

January 11, 2011

2 down, 98 to go

Before I forget, I finished my second book last night.

I chose “Manhunting” by Jennifer Crusie.

It was very good! Very, very, very good, actually. She just happens to know how to put funny and romantic into the same book EFFECTIVELY without going too corny, if you know what I mean. Very witty, too!

I am so much in love with Jennifer Crusie. i wish I could write like her.

Right now, I am reading “Hot Spot” by Debbi Rawlins. Yeah, more romance in my system. You should hear my thoughts these days, I think I am writing a book in my brain! But I have not written a single line yet. Thou shall not smirk at my book preferences! I want something that would pull me out of my misery, and this looks like it could be the answer.

Who knows, it may be in the stars that I would become a novelist some day. I always wanted to be one.

Heeh. 98 books to go!

January 9, 2011

1 down, 99 to go

Quick update on how my reading is going.

Since I posted my resolution / goal, I have finished the book I said I just started reading.This means that I have 1 down, and 99 more to go!

No worries, though.

I do not know what to tackle next, but I was thinking any of the following books by Jennifer Crusie:

  • Manhunting
  • Getting Rid of Bradley
  • Anyone But You

I am currently curious of other Jennifer Crusie books after finishing The Cinderella Deal a few days ago. I absolutely fell in love with the said book and now I am quite curious as to how the other books would live up to my expectations.

As for the book I just finished, “What She Really Wants For Christmas” by Debbi Rawlins, I liked it a lot. Though it was not the type that kept me really, really hooked. I like the suspense parts, but I wish the ending had a little bit more oomph. Anyway, like I said, a bit of light reading, yes?

I’ll update you later as to which book I managed to tackle.

January 8, 2011

2011 reading goals

For the past 4-5 years or so, I have not been able to indulge in my inner bookworm.

It started when I gave birth to my baby girl, and since I have a habit of reading in bed, my grandmother told me to discontinue said habit because she feared that I might drop the hardbound book on my baby’s head. No, my baby did not sleep in a crib rather, she slept beside me.

Since that time, I have failed to read books with the same voracity as I did before.

But now, I reckon it is time to change! My kids are no longer babies, and I have all the freedom to read, read, and read some more!

I suck at going against challenges, resolutions, or perhaps goals. But I hope to change that.

This year, I hope to read 100 books of all genres, thickness, and sizes, and track them as well. Just something to indulge in. Like rich chocolate syrup on top of chocolate fudge.. yum! There goes my stomach.

Although I want to include the books I finished the past few days, I guess that would be cheating.

So starting now, I will monitor whatever it is I am currently reading and just note of it as soon as I finish.

Last night, I started reading Debbi Rawlins’ “What She Really Wants for Christmas”. But I fell asleep due to fatigue of yesterday’s wedding fiasco.

Just light reading okay? 😉 Starting slow and steady.

Slainte!