I like the buzz and debate that surrounded the publication of this novel. Here’s my pithy take: Watchman hasn’t necessarily ruined Mockingbird for me. Clearly, it was an earlier version of Mockingbird, not a sequel. It was not supposed to see the light of day. That said, setting aside the knavish context of its “discovery” [...]

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Go Set A Watchman, Harper Lee

I like the buzz and debate that surrounded the publication of this novel. Here’s my pithy take:Watchman hasn’t necessarily ruined Mockingbird for me. Clearly, it was an earlier version of Mockingbird, not a sequel. It was not supposed to see the light of day. That said, setting aside the knavish context of its “discovery” and [...]

Read Boy Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi over Holy Week. It felt like a gift. #book #boysnowbird

More books I read, 2013

2013 was a great year for reading novels, I credit technology for making it easier. I usually talk a bit about what I’m currently reading, but here are some more titles which missed that opportunity – not because they were not worth mentioning but maybe because I was terribly busy at the time: 1. And [...]

I wanted to read the kind of book I like to read, which is narrative, thrillers, with plots, suspense, and dialogue, with characters and things going on, things which you wish to happen and things you do not. I found I didn’t seem to be doing that. I thought, “Well know, what do I do?” [...]

The Recorded History of a Girl by Celine Lopez Possibly everyone above the age of 20 who will have read this book will begin a commentary with: “I loved Celine Lopez. I used to read her column on the Philippine Star, marveled at how YStyle ushered in a local fashion revolution, and tried to believe [...]

Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013) It’s an inadvertent fan thing of course… I think that when I like a visionary I will accept and welcome changes and explorations that he/she may undertake (example: Haruki Murakami, Brandon Boyd, lol)… well done Mrs. Rowling. So, this was a detective novel. Is it a new British thing? [...]

^ This is how I sort of cap off tonight. (Although mine is an ebook, the convenience is simply irresistible to those with cerebral magpie tendencies such as I).

I’m about 200 pages down on Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. “Tiananmen”-banned this definitely will not be, and on all counts it’s not really begging to be taken seriously, but I get the impression that it’s more than the “chick lit” piece that it is tagging itself as. Bad intrusions of “Alamak” and misspelled [...]

Im reading crazy rich asians for no other good reason than our internet being rotten. And me being break-inclined I guess.