Opposites

February 1, 2014 at 11:33 PM | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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I recently bought two books as a birthday treat for myself. I didn’t splurge on my birthday because I thought there’s no need to. I just wanted something simple for myself, nothing fancy. And since there’s a couple of books I’ve been wanting to read, I thought that would be the perfect gift for me.

These are actually two contrasting books because the first one is a classic while the other one is science fiction. I love the classics but I like sci-fi, too.

TheGift & Robopocalypse

I bought Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse because I was intrigued by the storyline of robots with artificial intelligence raging a war against humans. Yes, I know this sounds like I, Robot or The Terminator but it’s exactly the reason why I got interested in the book. I’m always fascinated with robots and futuristic scenarios since I was a child. I saw the first Terminator movie while I was a kid and loved it. Since then I’ve been a fan of its franchise, including the now-defunct but worth watching Sarah Connor Chronicles. I just started reading the book and so far, it’s good.

I’ve also been wanting to read a Nabokov ever since I can remember but somehow I haven’t got the chance. I got distracted by other books and had to put it aside. But lately I felt nostalgic about reading the classics so I bought myself The Gift (no pun intended). A Vladimir Nabokov novel is just something that I have got to have, and it’s been in my list of books to read.

Most people I know are now in the habit of reading e-books. I’ve read a few e-books myself but for me, there’s no substitute for the real thing. I’m old-fashioned that way. I don’t mind reading newspapers and magazines online but when it comes to books, I still prefer to read them in print. There’s nothing like the feel and smell of a real book. You can have your Kindles and Nooks but I still prefer a shelf filled with my favorite books.

The Classics

May 7, 2012 at 6:09 PM | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Friends and family know very well that I love reading books. I especially love reading the classics – from Shakespeare, Jane Austen to the Bronte sisters. However, truth be told, there are still a lot of the classics I haven’t read. One of these is The Phantom of the Opera. I know right. This is my favorite play of all time and though I’ve seen the 2004 movie and watched its 25th anniversary presentation last year, I haven’t read this classic gothic tale – until now. Yes I am just currently reading this and I must say that I’m loving it. Though there are differences in the book from the musical play, I still love Andrew Lloyd Webber’s interpretation of it. But I cannot exactly say the same for Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera he has written. I haven’t seen this play so I cannot pass judgement.

Anyway, I also love Shakespeare and after seeing Anonymous, my intention of reading all of his plays was reignited. I’ve read and enjoyed all of his sonnets but never got around to reading all of his plays. And then there’s Jane Austen. Her work was the original chick lit in those days and I just love Pride and Prejudice as well as Sense and Sensibility. I know that there has been recent retellings of her stories with zombies and other monstrous creatures in it. I’m curious to read them but I’m hesitant all the same. I’m not exactly sure where I stand in this. First of all, I don’t like zombies. I prefer vampires. Secondly, there’s a part of me that says “They’re destroying a classic” but another part of me wants to see how the characters in the stories react to these creatures of the night.

Well if I ever get to reading them, they’ll probably be at the bottom of my list of to-read classics. Because right now, there’s a big pile of classic books waiting for me to read.

One After the Other

February 14, 2011 at 11:33 AM | Posted in Books, Musings | Leave a comment
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Currently reading two books now – Sylvia Plath’s Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams and Umberto Eco’s The Island of the Day Before. I started reading Johnny Panic last month but it gradually bored me. Plath kept talking about the mundane (her domestic life, her childhood memories, etc.) and I have yet to like any of her stories. I eventually decided to put the book down unfinished and proceeded to read The Island of the Day Before. Now this I’m liking so far. Spent a few hours of my free time last weekend poring over it at the rooftop of my apartment building, where I found my new little corner of the earth. I enjoy hanging out there, especially during these humid days. I find myself spending more and more of my free time at home there just enjoying the cool breeze, gazing at the clouds and the city skyline, and reading a book.

Stacked

August 26, 2008 at 1:46 PM | Posted in Books, Musings | Leave a comment
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Over the last couple of years, I have racked up several books that I haven’t read yet. Some of them are gifts from friends, others I have bought, and a few I borrowed from my sister. While I love reading books, these days I found myself not having enough time to finish all of them for various reasons. So last weekend, that’s what I did — read the books stacked up in my cabinet. I just finished reading a book I borrowed from a friend. Now I’m finishing another one. I still have about five books to read. It’s a long way to go but I hope I’ll finish them before the year ends.

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