Books: a ‘luxury’ most Filipino’s are not known to be fond of, well that’s what a writer said in a controversial Youngblood article last week. But for me I simply love books, read’s ’em before any accounting books. I love to hear good stories and perhaps that’s all there is why I read. I’m no nerd nor a bookworm, but reading is just one of the (many) things I’m passionate about. Thanks God reading have given me unexpected gifts in writing and all-around creativity. And let’s face it, reading makes a person smarter.
Last year, I skipped reading. Now I missed reading, so as part of my Daredevil Goals for 2012 year I’m attempting to read 20 books in the Year of the Dragon. For now I am already locked on these 15 books that ranges from classics to modern bestsellers, film adaptations to soon-to-be-adapted, popular and unheard of (I guess), three Japanese novels, two non-fictions and the rest are pure fictions. Here they are:
1. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien. I’m forever fascinated with the world of the Lord of the Rings in both books and films, and this book tells the great adventures of Bilbo Baggins before the events in LOTR. I’m currently reading this.. since the past month and I’m still on page fifty, haha. Can’t wait for the movie adaptation in December.
2. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’m only reading this because of the upcoming adaptation (again). When I learned that Leonardo di Caprio, Carey Mulligan (oh Carey..) and Toby McGuire is on the cast, I suddenly went nuts for this book. I got no copy yet.
3. Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Richard and Florence Atwater. Twenty books in one year is no walk in the park, I’m a busy man most of the time and well, I need some short timers. That’s why it’s on top of the list. Bought it for only P35 ($ 0.75) and it’s a very thin book.
4. Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins. Some of my crushes have read this one and went super gaga, probably until the movie come’s out next week… and there’s no malnurished vampires in it, Hallelujah. And Jennifer Lawrence plays the main character in the movie (wait, she’s my crush too. Shriek!). I only got a .pdf file for this. Girls lend me your hearts, I mean books!
5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson. Behold the only book I’ve finished so far! Click here for my awesome review.
6. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown. For the uninitiated, this is the third novel in which Robert “super smart-ass historian” Langdon is the main character. The first was the insanely thrilling “Angels & Domons” and the second is the literary bad boy “The Davinci Code”. I pray to God ‘Symbol’ will be a good read and someone with a generous heart will bless me with a copy of this book.
7. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom. I love his other book “5 People You Meet in Heaven”, and people are saying ‘Tuesdays’ is a better one. A good friend let me borrow her copy for a week, and that was last year. The book is still on my room at home (that’s the reason I’m not texting her).
8. Q & A (aka Slumdog Millionaire) – Vikas Swarup. When a boy loves a girl he should dig deep into her origins, just to make sure she’s the ‘one’. The same thing applies when you love a movie and danced Jai-ho after watching it. Hey I should enter that game show because so I could buy the book. Wait, what her number!?
9. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Seth Grahame-Smith. Seth is a Tim Burton collaborator (screenplay), Burton is a friend/producer of the Russian guy directing the movie (how do I pronounce Timur’s surname?). These fellas share only two characteristics in common: born badass and they are sure like hell that Abraham Lincoln killed Edward Cullen. My goodness let’s celebrate guys!
10. Steal like an Artist – Austin Kleon. Rumor has it that Addie is having an affair with this Austin guy. This is the psychotic dude who popularized vandalism in newspapers and gets away with it by calling the crime ‘Blackout Poetry’. And now he’s back to do another crime – stealing. Man, that’s badass supreme. Now where should I steal a copy of that book?
11. Naermyth – Karen Francisco. What if Filipino mythical folk legends like tikbalang (Vice Ganda), manananggal (Cullen girl 1/2), dwende (Dagul?) and kapre (incredible hulk with a cigar) are true? And what if they decided to take over the world and eventually succeed where the sick-minded Hitler failed? Heck, as long as there are no zombies on their side that’s OK with me. It’s only less than P200 in National Bookstore, so guys buy me one.. puh-lease hehe (evil grin).
12. The Shack – William P. Young. BY THE WAY, I WANT TO THANK PM FOR SENDING ME THIS BOOK. It’s my prize from her blog contest-turned raffle draw. Of course I won, otherwise this book has no place in this list. It’s P45o on Fullybooked, and I cant afford that, so a million thanks again to PM for sharing the book. Indeed some window-shopping dream can come true too.
13. Train Man – Nakano Hitori. Clueless guy saves Pretty girl. Clueless guys falls for Pretty Girl. Clueless guy ask help online. Shit happens. Moral lesson? Buy the book and let me borrow it. Save the Poor guy, that’s me.
14. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro. I love the movie (oh Carey, oh Keira) and the book is Japanese. I love everything Japanese. Never Forget Me Book.
15. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Haruki Murakami. I love running, I love Haruki Murakami, I loke Japan. And you already have the key to my heart (as long as you buy me that book).
So there goes my 15 books that I’m practically begging from you. I’m still undecided for the remaining five books so if you have books out there feel free to send it over to me and share the love. May the odds be ever be on your side, because you have a good heart, I knew that before I even ask I can already feel the pages on my hands. Ok enough with this shameless book-raising silliness and get back to work.
Note: The article I was referring in the introduction is ‘Catch a man who reads‘, the plagiarism controversies have forced the Philippine Daily Inquirer to remove the article in their website. But anyways, that’s one really good article that makes male book lovers suddenly look like the perfect guy ala Italian men. Hmm (thinking of Jean Dujardin in the “The Artist”)… not bad.