The end of January

I'm pleased to announced that I may not have read all my required books on time, I at least finished them and that for me is a feat.

1. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

This two-thread tale is a kind of story we will see in a Hallmark feature. A historical fiction that is all about camaraderie, friendship and family. It is original and distinguished, a coming of age story best for people searching for answers and their own legacies.

2. The Baron in the Tress by Italo Calvino

Cosimo is 12 years old. Rebellion, I understand that. But as he stayed longer in the trees, I recognized one thing: irresponsibility.

I hate irresponsible people and what the little Baron did was irresponsible. He is a Baron and must act like one.

No one in the world must be give then luxury to runaway from responsibilities but still, too many people do/did/will making this mad world unfair.

3. Maligayang Pagdating Sa Sitio Catacutan: Mga Kuwentong Kasisindakan by Tony Perez

People around me only have praises for  Tony Perez so I bought some of his books but I think, I shouldn't have started with this book, it's not too disappointing, but I was expecting more.

4. Gitarista by Reev Robledo

Now, I know how hard it is to read a book written by a friend. I've read Reev's short story but this is way different. Reading Gitarista had been a task not only because it is too descriptive, but also because as a friend, I tend to think of the author a lot and think of his thought whilst story.

5. The God Stealer and other stories by F. Sionil Jose

First of my F. Sionil Jose a month project and FSJ still didn't disappoint. I'd rated this lower than his other books though, primarily because of the last three stories in this collection that almost hindered me from finishing it. Any FSJ fan will enjoy this book, with a story about the Asperris, his quintessential writer-journalist tales, and yes, the back story of Roly Cruz!

6. Bared to You

I don't read New Adult novels. Not because I don't like it. I'm just accustomed to Teen Literature and romance for me ends in kissing and making out, not the whole graphic thing. I read this as a research material and I'm glad that it is nicely written. I just despised the every chapter sex though.

Other books I read this month that are not included in my challenge:

1. Icon of the Indecisive by Mina V. Esguerra

I wanted to finish the trilogy as soon as the writer sent me my purchased copy but I was just damn too busy thinking of my then-book club that I forgot about reading, just planning and leading. I seriously didn't expect the Interim Goddess of Love series to end this way but I'm happy that it did. I'm one of those minority, who really loved who she ended up with in the end. So, thank you Mina! :D

2. Sugar and Salt by Ninotchka Rosca

This book may have few pages but it has very powerful words. I commend the artist of this book. I can only wish I can draw like her.

3. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

I read this in anticipation of the movie but I haven't watched the film up until now. This is a short story telling us: you can be anyone you want to be if you'll just put your mind into it.

4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I love Rainbow Rowell. I've only read Attachments but it felt like love at first sight, something unexplainable. I just know deep down that I'd love all of her works but I don't know if I can say that with E&P. Well, I like the way it was written yes, but I just can't understand why everyone else is gushing about this book, about Park in particular. Or maybe, being the voracious Teen Lit eater that I am, I didn't like this book that much because I've seen Eleanor and Park in too many books already, just with different names.

5. The Merlin Prophecy by Meg Cabot

You're my friend if you know that alongside with F. Sionil Jose, I love Meg Cabot very much. So, when I saw this in a warehouse sale, I immediately snatched it from the rack and kept it to myself. I thought all the while that this is just the manga version of the book but it isn't! This manga is so much better than the actual novel. It starts where the latter left off with some flashbacks of sorts or maybe I just don't remember the other book anymore. Haha. But believe me when I say, this one is better.

My friend Zim influenced me to read Classics Illustrated Junior and even though it's quick read, I just finished three this month:

The Princess Who Saw Everything
and turned everyone into stone

The Chimney Sweep
that shouldn't have ended up with the shepherdess because I don't like her

The Drummer Boy
and the illogical story of a flirty princess


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