UP Press December Sale: Get Up to 80% Discount

The University of the Philippines (UP) Press has been my go-to place whenever I want to discover new books from some of the country’s finest writers and scholars. It offers a wide array of titles under different genres and fields of study. These past few years, I have been a huge follower of its Facebook page, always eager to learn about the latest titles to … Continue reading UP Press December Sale: Get Up to 80% Discount

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In Defense Of eBook Readers

Nothing beats the real thing. Anyone who has ever loved a book is pretty much aware of how sensory the reading experience can be. As you try to make sense of the printed word, you also feel the texture of the paper and smell the pages. All this, as your ears pay attention to the sound of each page turn, the crispiness of the high-quality … Continue reading In Defense Of eBook Readers

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The Vegetarian (Han Kang)

“I had a dream.” This seemingly plain and simple sentence hadn’t meant that much to me until I read this book. This novella has three parts: The Vegetarian, Mongolian Mark, and Flaming Trees. The Vegetarian focuses on  Yong-hye, who decides to stop eating meat after having a nightmare. Her husband finds this sudden dietary change weird and even gets mad at her for her seemingly useless decision. He tries … Continue reading The Vegetarian (Han Kang)

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Wonder Boys (Michael Chabon)

This novel is so close to my heart. Besides the fact that it was written by Michael Chabon, an author I’ve been obsessed with for the past two years, its story also focuses on a writer who, for seven years, has been trying to finish his latest novel. I have to admit, though, that this protagonist can be really annoying at times. Known as Grady … Continue reading Wonder Boys (Michael Chabon)

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Rich People Problems (Kevin Kwan)

I was so excited to read this book, since I really enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend. And while I can say that this one’s still a fun read, I have to be honest that I also have some issues with it. I think these issues begin with my observation that the plot seems hurried. It feels like the author had a lot in mind while writing … Continue reading Rich People Problems (Kevin Kwan)

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The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck (Mark Manson)

I am not a fan of self-help books, because most of them are full of shit. Same goes for many of the self-help articles flooding our social media feeds on a regular basis. They try to tell us how they live our lives, usually by dictating what’s great and what’s not, and later on, make us realize that our lives suck and so we have … Continue reading The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck (Mark Manson)

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Freedom (Jonathan Franzen)

Rigid characters are boring. I personally believe that even saints can be bad, in the same way as villains can possess redeeming and even likable traits. This is, perhaps, why I have always been fascinated with literary works with realistically flawed characters. And yes, Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom is one of them. The novel revolves around the Berglunds, a seemingly ordinary American family. Walter, the dad, is known as an … Continue reading Freedom (Jonathan Franzen)

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Sputnik Sweetheart (Haruki Murakami)

A friend of mine just told me how pissed she was upon reaching the end of this novel. Another friend, on the other hand, said that she appreciated how realistic it was. She thought it was the most logical thing to happen, given the circumstances of the characters. And I am still left with mixed emotions. Sputnik Sweetheart tells the story of Sumire, an aspiring writer who … Continue reading Sputnik Sweetheart (Haruki Murakami)

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Papel De Liha (Ompong Remigio at Beth Parrocha)

Sadyang makapangyarihan ang aklat na ito, lalo na’t tinatalakay nito ang mga kadalasang sakripisyo ng isang inang nagmamahal at nag-aaruga. Bagama’t simple ang pagkakakuwento, di pa rin ito nagkulang sa paglalahad ng mensaheng nais nitong iparating. Epektibo rin itong materyal kung magtuturo ng wika sa klase. Sa parehong Filipino at Ingles na bersyon ng teksto, makikita ang regularidad ng gamit ng wika. Bukod sa mga … Continue reading Papel De Liha (Ompong Remigio at Beth Parrocha)

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Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng)

There are lots of conflicts in this novel. It opens with Lydia’s death. One morning, her family members just realize that she’s already missing. They call the police, eventually; the search begins. Yet, to their surprise, Lydia’s body is found at the bottom of the lake near their house. Someone’s behind her death, Marilyn, her mother, thinks. Even Nath, her brother, believes a guy named Jack has … Continue reading Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng)

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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In Night-Time (Mark Haddon)

This is not your ordinary detective novel. The story begins when a dog called Wellington gets killed one night. Christopher, the protagonist, is about to say hi to his neighbor’s pet but to his surprise, the dog’s already dead. Someone has just stabbed him with a garden fork. Then, his adventure begins. After the incident, he decides to find out who the dog killer is. … Continue reading The Curious Incident Of The Dog In Night-Time (Mark Haddon)

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The Fault In Our Stars (John Green)

I agree with Hazel Lancaster. In many stories, cancer patients are depicted as weak individuals who just depend on other people’s pity. I am aware, too, that in many stories, cancer patients experience miracles no matter what, no matter how improbable it is in their situations. “The world is not a wish-granting factory.” – from John Green’s The Fault in our Stars Yet in John … Continue reading The Fault In Our Stars (John Green)