April 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
This is so far the only book that I have read and finished on schedule for this year. I have seen The Princess Bride movie but did not make the connection until I started reading it. This is supposed to be S. Morgenstern’s classic tale of true love and high adventure. I debated reading the William Goldman “bits” thinking that it might be part of the story based on what I remembered from the movie. But I thought better of it and decided to stick to the tale. From halfway through to the end I got really exasperated and did think, as Goldman suggested many times in his insertions, to throw the book across the room. I thought: why is he ruining it? what is he doing sullying with a classic. I felt cheated out of a good, ole classic tale. And after I have finished, I said to myself that I will one day find the original version and read it, never mind of Goldman didn’t see it fit to print and trouble the readers with. And of course it turned out to be all Goldman. And I feel stupid for skipping his “bits” there, except for some that would leave a great blank in the story if I did not read his “commentaries”, but even then I only skimmed through those. Now I don’t know if I can consider this as a finished book since I’ve skipped about 20% of the book. But never mind. I think I will only feel doubly exasperated if I have to go through it again.
So. The Princes Bride – DONE!
February 14, 2013 § Leave a comment
February 11, 2013 § 2 Comments
I feel exactly like how Donald looks here after reading laws after laws after laws.
And I ask myself why… why do I have to do this to myself?
I remember the verses a friend made me read about being a lawyer and about studying. I think it said something like “don’t be a lawyer” and “stop studying” or something to that effect… (He He He!)
Again, why? Why do I have to do this to myself?
January 20, 2013 § 4 Comments
Reading has always been my way of sheltering myself from the harsh realities of life. It has provided me with an escape from all that I disliked about reality, and at the same time provided me with the tools and perspective to deal with reality… because we can’t really, truly escape from it. My writing has also been proportionate with my reading. That my last post was months away proves that I have been reading and writing a lot less. Because I have been doing life.
I have been needing less sheltering from reality because reality for me now has proved to be more beautiful that I barely noticed that I’m living it. It still isn’t without its problems, believe me, but I’m dealing with it better because, well, I’m no longer alone.
I have something BIG to look forward to. And everyday is surrounded with things that is a testament to how all my dreams, all the things I’m working hard for, will come into fruition. In a way, I’m already living the dream. I don’t mind living life so much now, not when it’s giving me so much to hope for as well as the ability to hope.
Sandy is our four-month old shih tzu. She is super adorable and super smart and making a mommy out of me, taking her to the vet, shopping for her, feeding her and training her. I love her to death, probably as much as I love her giver (Hi, honey!). Obviously, having a pup is no easy feat, but she is making everything in my life pretty straightforward.
Having a busy schedule requires careful planning. What with having a puppy, the business, and law school this coming semester, I have to prioritize and give things their due concentration. Focus truly is the key. My reading of fiction may slow down but I know I can’t do without it entirely no matter how busy I become. I still would need that escape every now and then. But I have to prioritize my reading so I have made a book list for the year that I will strictly adhere to (see previous post).
Anyway, I wanted to write this post before I go inactive. I am not abandoning my blog, I’m merely prioritizing, and for this year blogging is like, the fourth of a list of five priorities.
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January 20, 2013 § 11 Comments
Two thousand thirteen is going to be a crazy busy year. And because of that I am planning my year carefully, including the books I’m going to read. I’ve done this before, planning and prioritizing books to read, with zero success rate. But I have just proven with Gulliver’s Travels that if I really just stick with a book, I can finish, and the book may just surprise me by the insights it offers towards the end. And, as Graham Greene said, one can endure discipline as long as one is happy. And I am happy. I’m going to be very disciplined with my reading. With lesser reading time, I have to make sure I cover the more important works of fiction. So here are the books, one for each month, that I’m going to be reading this 2013.
January – The End of the Affair by Graham Greene. I have four Greene books in my shelf and have read only one. I liked The Power and the Glory. I thought I’d read another one of his books. I have in fact started with this already because I have finished with my books for the year early. This is a good choice to start with, too, because it’s easy and highly intriguing.
February – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I have read and got disappointed by this book. It was a bad choice of edition. I got this new one, the same edition as a friend has read and recommended. I’m hoping it’s going to be a better experience the second time around. I scheduled this for February that way if I lag I will have the whole year to make up for it. Besides, it’s the love month: great way to regularize the romantic mood with something a tad sad.
March – The Aeneid of Virgil. This book requires commitment. And March seems like the commitment month. I dunno, maybe it’s something to do with March being graduation month with all those students graduating or finishing a year of school feeling all accomplished and all that this might just be the perfect month to read AND FINISH The Aeneid. Trust me, I have read the first few pages and it is going to be no easy feat reading this one.
April – The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I thought this would be the perfect plane book for my vacation with my sister. I picked this up from Inkheart. I hope this proves to be a better read than that one.
May – Dubliners by James Joyce. Ulysses was an epic fail. I could not get past through the 10th page. Apparently, this one needs a code to move on to the 11th page. Difficult would be an understatement to describe that book. It was not good for my self-esteem so I gave it up. But I am not a total failure when it comes to Joyce. I did read A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, though I had a difficult time with that as well. Making up for the Ulysses failure (*self-esteem crashing*) is me reading Dubliners. Pep talk to self: “I can do this!”
June – Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. For years this book has managed to evade me. I have only recently got this. I love Heller. I think he’s the first American author that really cracked me up. (I usually go to my trusty British funny guys for my crack-up needs, i.e. Herriot, Douglas.) I figured this would be a great way to ease up into law school, by reading something light and easy. Good luck to me.
July – Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty. I heard of Welty through Gilmore Girls (only my favorite show on the planet). I was not particularly looking for it but I found it at Booksale and thought I’d give her a try.
August – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. The first time I read about this book I loved the title instantly. That same love for the title, however, in no way helped this book from staying in the back shelf for a long time unread. But that is changing next year. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, I hope you’re a good as you’re named.
September – Washington Square by Henry James. I just have to read a Henry James novel.
October – Hard Times by Charles Dickens. I have resolved to read one Dickens novel a year until I finish ’em all. I thought I’ve read enough of Dickens and yet I still see a lot of familiar titles I have not read. Why couldn’t he be more like Austen? Austen wrote six books and three more she did not finish and I’m done with her.
November – The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings. This should be good. And I need to cross off something from my Pulitzer list.
December – Notre Dame of Paris by Victor Hugo. I thought I’d end with this. Les Miserables was great and it forever etched Hugo in my heart.
*Re-post from facebook, Dec. 29, 2012