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2015: Year in Review

Seeing as it’s already February, you probably thought you’d seen the last of these “Annual Reading Overviews” everyone feels compelled to post at the end/start of the year. Sorry, but you have to put up with one more!  I just don’t feel like I can move on with my new reading year without making an…

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October Book Loot

I try to post something on here at least once a week, but recently, because I haven’t been reading as much, it takes me about 2 weeks before I can post anything. I still don’t have a book review to post – though I will have one soon, so here’s my book loot for the past month:…

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Frankenstein

The problem with Classic novels is that, over time, they spawn countless movie/tv adaptations or inspire stage plays, musicals, and other novels,  so much so that many people believe that from watching a movie adaptation or two, they already know what the story is about without having to actually read the original book.  I mentioned…

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The Count of Monte Cristo

I spent the entire month of September reading one book – just one, very long, very good book, which left me literally, exhausted in the end; emotionally exhausted, a bit frustrated, and definitely sleep deprived.  Obviously, from the title of the post, the book is Alexandre Dumas‘ The Count of Monte Cristo. Almost every night…

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September Book Loot

September is my favorite month, so it goes without saying it inspired me to buy books multitudinously (it’s a word….according to Monsieur Alexandre Dumas). I bought 13 books this month, which I thought was the most so far, but looking back, it seems like I had also bought as many books back in February.  Oh…

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Smaller and Smaller Circles

When the body of an adolescent boy was found, eviscerated, with heart and penis cut off, and face skinned off at a city landfill in Manila, it seemed like just another unfortunate, though brutal crime.  But when bodies sharing the same traits and markings start showing up every month at the landfill, the head of…

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August Book Loot

I seem to have a very short attention span lately; if I don’t like the book I’m reading, I wouldn’t think twice before putting it  down in favor of something else. I usually stick with a boring book until about halfway, or even till I eventually finish it, but lately, I don’t seem to have…

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Wind / Pinball

A few weeks ago Haruki Murakami published a new novel, Wind/Pinball.  Technically, it’s not a new novel.  It’s a new translation of Haruki Murakami‘s first 2 novels; the award-winning short novel Hear the Wind Sing, first published in 1978, and his second novel, a sequel, entitled Pinball, 1973, originally published in 1980. In the Introduction of Wind…

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Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman is probably the most controversial book released in 2015.  Even before it was published and released, Harper Lee‘s “new” novel was surrounded by rumors and controversy; controversy surrounding the nature of the discovery of the manuscript, the circumstances behind its publication, and even on the author herself – regarding her health,…

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July Book Loot

Bought several types of books in July – 4 novels, 11 short stories, and 3 technical books.  So, I guess you can say that June was a great month for book buying (not so much for saving money though). I read about 3 books back in July:  Austerlitz (W.G. Sebald), which I read with 2 book buddies, Murder on the Orient…