Tuesday, June 29, 2010

When every waking moment outside work is spent with books

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The second quarter of the year is about to end, and I thought of remembering it by making a catalog of the books I’ve read in the past three months.

  • Reading Middlemarch--which I did intermittently for a month and a half--felt like watching a soap opera with its multiple characters and branching storylines, all entangled in a small town’s web of intrigue.
  • Is it just me or are Huck Finn, Lord of the Flies and Oz adult books masquerading as children’s books?  Rereading books that I read when I was younger gives me a better appreciation of their themes – both explicit and implicit.  The things I never paid attention to before are the ones that struck me the most now.
  • The blinding beauty of Gilead, Patrimony and Olive Kitteridge and their poignant rendering of death and senescence made me glad to have been able to spend some precious time with my grandmother.  I realized that it’s our company she years for and no amount of gifts would come close to the time that that we spend with her.
  • Taking part, although vicariously, in Theroux’s adventures from Cairo to Cape Town served as a tantalizing prelude to the World Cup.  Reading his book, however, never made me late for work as watching replays of the games in the morning does.
My love affair with books continues with the entry of the year’s second half. With books around, my otherwise uneventful life becomes really exciting.


witsandnuts said...

Wow, wow and another wow! That's a lot. I need to catch up big time on my reading. Been spending more time in the kitchen after office. ;)

Anonymous said...

I read quite a bit but I don't have as much time for it as you seem to but then that's just perception perhaps. I think I've read about a dozen books in the same three-month period but I've already forgotten the names of most of them. I always pass books I've read on to others and always keep an eye out for new writers.

eks said...

ang galing mo. wala akong masabi. i remember making a comment in one of your posts about books. i think i mentioned there that i am reading this number of books. and you know what, i haven't touched them yet...

naiinggit ako sa iyo. :-)

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