Thursday, January 26, 2012

January Books

It looks like I'm on track to meet my book quota for the month. Let's hope I can keep this up for the rest of the year.

Book #1: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Because I love YA novels

I got on this Hunger Games bandwagon a little late, but anyway. I think I mentioned before that I love YA novels. It's the reason my Lit 101 term paper was about themes in Newberry Award-winning books (I had to read a bunch of YA books for school, hurray!). I borrowed the first book from a friend, and ended up buying a boxed set because books 2 and 3 weren't sold individually. That's how much I wanted to finish the series. I normally don't like anything sci-fi-ish, but this one was strangely touching. Movie's coming out in March. Since it's action-packed, it might just translate better on film. We'll see.

Book #2: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Because everyone should read the classics

Wow, this book sure has a misleading title. I don't think I've ever seen a Three Musketeers movie, so it really surprised me that it was in fact about three musketeers and one guard. Hmmm. I was also astonished that it was filled with cheating spouses and swordfights that end in death, but somehow all this was told in a light, playful tone.

Book #3: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Because I'm also trying to read as many contemporary books as I can (in other words, gusto kong maging "in." Haha)

I'm told the movie is a tearjerker, but OK!'s Kabbie recommended that I read the novel before seeing the film. And read I did. I sped through that thing--I couldn't put it down because it was so engaging. And poignant. And even funny!

Book #4: On Writing Well by William Zinsser

Because, much to my husband's delight, I resolved to read at least one non-fiction book a month

I was hesitant to pick up this book because it just looked so...prosaic. (Yes, sometimes I do judge a book by its cover.) But how could I expect a book about writing well to be anything less than, well, well written? About a third of my way through it, but I think I'll be able to finish it before the month ends. A more detailed post about this extremely helpful, unexpectedly charming book soon.

What have you read lately? Anything you'd like to recommend?


  1. Saw your tweets about On Writing Well and I'm intrigued! I wanna read it! :)

  2. I love "The Help" too! Though I haven't read the book, just seen the movie.

    Check out my stash for 2011. You might might something interesting:

    My favorites are Roald Dahl's My Uncle Oswald & Murakami's South of the Border, West of the Sun :)

  3. i dont know how you manages it! Ang galing! :) Ill see you in Bukidnon tishie! :)

  4. I honestly was intrigued with "On Writing Well" because I've been working on my writing as part of my 2012 goals. I have not had the time to open my copy just yet, but am looking forward to working with it. how is the book so far?

  5. I've been working on a post about On Writing Well. It's really good--the parts about cutting the clutter and the importance of rewriting are especially helpful. Enjoy!

    1. Nice! I am looking forward to that post of yours :-) Pressure ba? hehehe! I'm just finishing this book then will proceed to "On Writing Well"


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