a year in non-fiction

October 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

The Soul of Money by Lynne TwistThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie KondoZero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

There was a time in my life when I thought reading self-help type, non-fiction books was a waste of time.  I am now old enough to know better.  And also old enough to need to read non-fiction.

It started with Eat, Pray, Love.  It’s not in my Hall of Fame but for the first time in my life I read something about a person’s life and was able to not only understand but relate to her.  It made me yearn for something more.

Later on, I picked out non-fiction books for practicality.  I needed help in certain aspects of my life and have come to a point when I needed the perspective and techniques of experts.  These three books: The Soul of Money (Lynne Twist), The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up (Marie Kondo), and Zero Waste Home (Bea Johnson), I picked for different reasons.  Little did I know that reading these together would create something powerful in me.  These three books pertain to different things but practically serve a single purpose.

At my age right now I’m looking to do something that will serve the best good not only for myself and my family but for the world in general.  These three books are literally life-changing.  I want to live a purposeful and principle-based life and these will help me achieve that.  At this day and age, it is possible to live a sustainable and free life.

I will have poetry in my life!

October 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Lilacs in turquoise vase

It’s National Poetry Day and of course I have a blog of my favourite poems:

I will have poetry in my life!

still bookish

October 7, 2015 § 7 Comments

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Four years and three law schools after…

The study of law is tiresome.  I miss those days when I could just curl up in bed on any given afternoon and read a book.  Something that would take me to 19th century England… Whatever happened to those days?  I miss those days.

I’ve practically given up reading fiction for the more compelling law books.  I’ve learned a lot since I began, sure, but It’s nothing to the joy of reading something for the mere pleasure of it and not because humiliation awaits if you don’t read the 300 pages you’re supposed to.

I still don’t know where this will take me.  All I know is I can’t wait for this to be over so I can read the 130-something books I’ve hoarded.

wanted: miss dahl’s voluptuous delights

April 15, 2013 § 2 Comments

Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights by Sophie Dahl

I WANT THIS!

the princess bride

April 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Princess Bride, William Goldman

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!

love

February 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

Valentine's 2013

Having a wonderful evening at the opening of La Belle Aurore’s second shop at Junqeura Ext., Cebu.

The place was filled with books, music, wonderful people and love.  Happy hearts’ day! 🙂

reading : anna karenina

February 11, 2013 § 2 Comments

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

“Why, there’s time one would give a month of for a sixpence, and time you wouldn’t give half an hour of for any money.”

~ Prince Shtcherbatsky