Goal Completed: Literary Hippies (A Beginner’s Guide)

Another category that I completed from the TFG Filipino ReaderCon 2013 Recommendations List.

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1. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – (5/5) . Read in August 2014. Each of the 6 stories has an exciting plot and can exist on their own. But despite the differences in settings and genre, each is connected to the other. The unconventional structure and the theme of recurrence and connectedness amazed me.

2. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – (3/5) . Read in September 2013. Awful subject but not explicit. Intriguing and interesting narrative. One of my first literary books and I think deserves a reread.

3. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – (3.5/5) . Read in June 2015. A short book about “The Old Man and The Sea”. And the fish. Minimalist prose and plot structure matching the simplicity of the story. The resilience and determination of the main character is exceptional.

4. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides – (5/5) . Read in January 2014. An intersex narrator telling his story that started from his parents and grandparents. Heart-felt narration of pain and confusion. An impressive family saga.

5. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster – (4/5) . Read in November 2013. Never failed to keep me thinking while reading and more so after each part. Unusual but admirable creation of characters. An intellectual mystery.

With the Infinite Feels category, I suppose these could be two of my favorite genres, as I was more interested and completed them first. But as the title said, with literary books, I still consider myself a beginner.

Goal Completed: Infinite Feels

One of my reading goals is to finish reading the books from the TFG Filipino ReaderCon 2013 Recommendations List. This is the first category that I completed:

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1. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro – (5/5) Journey into the past and an unrealized love. Serene and meaningful. Endearing. Read in July 2014.

2. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – (4.5/5) Fall in love with the internet security officer who read other people’s e-mails. Charming and funny. I love Beth and Lincoln. Read in November 2013.

3. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen – (5/5) A young adult romance told in two voices. Cute and wonderful. Helped me to appreciate life and people more. Read in February 2014.

4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – (4/5) A story about a girl shipped off to a boarding school in Paris in her senior year. Teenage life, love, family, friendship. And films. Read in November 2014.

5. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver – (4/5) A collection of short stories. Snippets of love in real life. Each story lingers. Read in January 2014.

One category down, nine to go. 🙂