Bird Box (Josh Malerman)

I first learned about this book when listening to an episode of the podcast All the Books! It was a scary book, according to the hosts, so it immediately piqued my curiosity. After that, I read about it a couple of times more on different websites. I also thought its premise was so clever, something I’d really enjoy reading and thinking about. The book is about Malorie and … Continue reading Bird Box (Josh Malerman)

Ang Ikatlong Anti-Kristo (Eros Atalia)

Matapos mabalitaang nagkamit ang librong ito ng parangal sa Palanca Awards nitong Setyembre lang, agad-agad akong naintriga rito. Kaya naman, nang makakita ako ng kopya ng nobelang ito sa Fully Booked UP Town Center noong nakaraang buwan, sinunggaban ko na ito’t di na pinakawalan. At noong nakaraang linggo nga lang, natapos ko na itong basahin. Sa una pa lang, nakita ko nang sadyang malaki ang … Continue reading Ang Ikatlong Anti-Kristo (Eros Atalia)

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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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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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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 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)

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Kafka On The Shore (Haruki Murakami)

If you are the kind of person who wants to know everything — as in every little detail of all the things — this book may not be for you. For in this book, there is more to knowing the facts and being familiar with every aspect of them. Here, there are some things that are better left unsaid. Yet, that does not mean you … Continue reading Kafka On The Shore (Haruki Murakami)

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The Financial Lives Of The Poets (Jess Walter)

  “How do you know when you’ve gone too far? When you can’t go back?” This, definitely, is one of the most striking lines in this book. Written by Jess Walter, The Financial Lives of the Poets tells the story of a Matthew, who quit his job as a reporter to pursue his long time dream–to write verses about money matters. Things don’t go well for him, … Continue reading The Financial Lives Of The Poets (Jess Walter)

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Look Who’s Back (Timur Vermes)

  Imagine Adolf Hitler waking up in Berlin in 2011. He sees a different Germany and wonders what have become of his efforts back in the day. Later on, the fuhrer gets mistaken for a method actor and becomes a comedian known for his grumpy remarks about the country and the foreigners. People also think he is taking things too far by not taking a … Continue reading Look Who’s Back (Timur Vermes)