Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Catching up on one's reading this Holy Week


Here in the Philippines, the days of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are public holidays. This year, aside from these two days, we also get Easter Monday off. That's 5 whole days of no work, dear readers! Woot!

This year, I didn't make any plans of going to the beach or to any other vacation hotspot. I've simply decided to stay at home and read, read, read. So after trawling through the local bookstores, I've come up with my reading plans. 5 whole days of reading! Woot woot!

Our book club is set to discuss graphic fiction for this month, so Clowes's most famous work, Ghost World, and Powell's Eisner award-winning work, Swallow Me Whole, were no-brainers. And I've heard so much of The Song of Achilles and The Orphan Master's Son, two novels published this 2012, that I just have to get myself copies. I'm reading The Song of Achilles now and I have to say that I can't put it down. Woot woot woot!

Magary's novel, The Postmortal, was just shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke award this year, much to the chagrin of Christopher Priest, the author of The Prestige, who only had bad things to say about the novel. I love Priest, but I also love the underdog. Ergo, I have to read The Postmortal, which is about a dystopian world where a cure against aging has been found. I love the premise already! Woot woot woot woot!

And a lot of people have asked my why I haven't read Flowers for Algernon and the Kama Sutra. Okay, I'll read those too. Throw in a thin NYRB work, Novels in Three Lines, and I'm all set to go. Woot woot woot woot woot!

Ummmmm . . . this post has far too many 'woots'. But I don't care! I have a book about 'Downton Abbey'! Woot woot woot woot woot woot!

Happy Easter, everyone!
Happy reading!

8 comments:

Mrs. B. said...

I adored The Song of Achilles! Just finished it recently.

Peter S. said...

Hello, Mrs B! I am loving it too!

Chachic said...

Saw Song of Achilles in National and was really tempted to grab a copy! I've heard such good things about it. Maybe I should go and get it while there's still a 20% discount? :P

Peter S. said...

Yes, now's the perfect time to get it!

victor said...

I have always envied you and the number of books you consume regularly!

Peter S. said...

Hello, victor! Join our book club!

Monique said...

Ah, Flowers For Algernon. I have a copy of it, but inspiration to read it hasn't struck just yet.

One of these days, hopefully. :)

Peter S. said...

Hi, Monique! Unfortunaely, I wasn't able to finish that one. Hopefully I'll be able to finish it this week.