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[Jun. 23rd, 2010|12:41 pm]
Sam-I-Am
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“She entered the story knowing she would emerge from it feeling she had been immersed in the lives of others, in plots that stretched back twenty years, her body full of sentences and moments, as if awaking from sleep with a heaviness caused by unremembered dreams.”
- from The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

I posted this on Tumblr and Facebook because I just love this passage so much. Can't believe it took me a long time to get myself a copy of this novel—it's just sooo quiet and lyrical.

ANYWAY. The point of this LJ entry is: I've been thinking about putting up a book blog. I can turn this into one, or make a new Tumblr altogether. I want to write about my first Alice Munro experience, I finished her "Dance of the Happy Shades" this week; I want to tell the world how her stories have hit me in the face. I need to express my love for Miranda July's "No One Belongs Here More Than You." To write about Stephen King's "On Writing," to justify my belief that Tara Sering is the best Pinay chick lit writer we have, to document my monthly Booksale/Pickabook finds, to try my hand at literary criticism—I'm not good at it, I know that, and yet. I guess it's about time. I've been reading more than writing, anyway.

Credit also goes to Tina refineme's book blog and other book Tumblrs for the inspiration.

I'm very excited about this project!

(And now I go back to work)
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[User Picture]From: refineme
2010-06-23 09:47 am (UTC)
Go do it Sam! I've been having a lot of fun blogging about books, plus sometimes when publishers like your blog, they send you advance reader copies too. :D
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[User Picture]From: starsplashes
2010-06-23 10:28 am (UTC)
they send you advance reader copies too. >>- OH WOW. this is reason enough to get started already!:)) hehe. YAY thank you tina!:)
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[User Picture]From: aphazia
2011-07-22 01:09 am (UTC)
Also, am adding you because you're wonderful! :) Friends?
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[User Picture]From: aphazia
2011-07-22 01:29 am (UTC)
I just had to comment again because I want to squee with you re Miranda July and Stephen King and Tara Sering! I have my personal book tumblr too, (rainbowramareads.tumblr.com) and when I get home, I'm excited to add you in tumblr! I love meeting people who love reading and books as much as I do so am really glad to have stumbled upon your lj. What are some of the really great, unforgettable books you've read recently? What books changed your life? :) Who is your absolute favorite author? Sorry to barrage you with questions, but I'm really excited, haha.

xxx
(booklat.tumblr.com)
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[User Picture]From: starsplashes
2011-07-22 01:39 am (UTC)
hi ANDREA! :) added you on tumblr and LJ na, and i'm happy to meet you! :) totally excited to be part of booklat/submit for booklat as well! ♥

What are some of the really great, unforgettable books you've read recently?
i've been bingeing on ALICE MUNRO books lately because i only discovered her greatness last year. i love short stories and there's just something incomparably awesome about hers. also i've been reading a lot of gina apostol and wilfrido nolledo, with me being a big supporter of philippine lit :) a friend introduced me to the works of patrick white and he's one author i'm excited to explore more!

What books changed your life? :)
for starters, i loved "cousins" by virginia hamilton, the YA book that totally started my love for reading and writing. others worth mentioning because they're absolute favorites/they just move my life one way or another: white oleander by janet fitch, mens rea and other stories and jungle planet and other stories by lakambini sitoy, atonement by ian mcewan, the english patient by michael oondatje, fannie flagg's super hilarious novels, stephen king's on writing, history of love by nicole krauss, the reader by bernard schlink, the gathering by anne enright, margaret atwood's the edible woman, AND SO MUCH MORE! :) Hee. excited to explore your tumblrs and know about yours! :)

Who is your absolute favorite author?
Lakambini Sitoy...plus MORE! :) haha hirap to pin down just one no? but i'm so happy to meet someone who likes books, too! ♥ kwentuhan tayo hee! :)
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[User Picture]From: aphazia
2011-07-22 02:05 am (UTC)

edited for grammerrrss hahaha (sorry sobrang na-excite ako and forgot my tenses!) :))

OHMYGOD I *was re-reading Lakambini Sitoy's Jungle Planet a few minutes ago, so this was really serendipitous! Last night I was tickled pink to discover that the newly-opened Bo's Coffee in Powerbooks allowed readers to bring in unpurchased books (or maybe we were able to get away with it, haha) so I've read a lot of books by Pinoy authors. :)
I love that coincidence so much! :)
Anyway, I have The Moons of Jupiter by Alice Munro at home, but I haven't read it yet. I'm going to give it a go tonight, so we can talk about it in the future. I'm also going to research those writers you've mentioned, I always love discovering new favorite authors. I love Sitoy, Fannie Flagg, Atwood and Stephen King, among others. I also love YA lit, Judy Blume, Francesca Lia Block, David Levithan, Julie Anne Peters and Lois Lowry are some of the YA lit authors I love. How about you? :)

I'm excited to read your booklat submissions in the future! Email me at rainbowrama@gmail.com if you want to be promoted to mod as well. It is OUR book club after all :) (I'd also love to email you back with longer book talk, if you'd be willing :) )

Happy to have you join us!
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[User Picture]From: aphazia
2011-07-22 05:26 am (UTC)

Re: edited for grammerrrss hahaha (sorry sobrang na-excite ako and forgot my tenses!) :))

p.s. Am planning to buy a few local books when sweldo arrives, yay :) Any recommendations? :)
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[User Picture]From: starsplashes
2011-07-22 06:23 am (UTC)

Re: edited for grammerrrss hahaha (sorry sobrang na-excite ako and forgot my tenses!) :))

WOOHOO! :) i'm glad you're reading jungle planet. my most fave in that collection is "Shut up and live," and i'm even planning of naming my future daughter after the protagonist haha!:) i love francesca lia block and lois lowry too! there's another YA writer whose works have left me speechless: laurie halse anderson.

wow sige sige! i havent updated my book blog in months so joining the group would urge me to go back to the groove :)

do get gina apostol's bibliolepsy! it's a book about books so you'd love it! ALSO: feast and famine by rosario cruz lucero and anything by sarge lacuesta ♥
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[User Picture]From: aphazia
2011-07-22 07:27 am (UTC)

Re: edited for grammerrrss hahaha (sorry sobrang na-excite ako and forgot my tenses!) :))

Ang fave ko dun na story Denial, Denial. Sa sobrang gusto ko sya, sawang-sawa na officemates ko when I bug them to read it (Me: Promise, maiksi lang yan, favorite ko yan! Them: Napabasa mo na sakin yan e.) in the office, haha.

Ooh, books about books! Just the thought of it excites me immensely! Thanks for the recommendations, will start searching for those books.

Ang recent obsession ko din pala foodie essays by Doreen Fernandez. I have my mom's old copy of Sarap and I like reading it while eating, nakakagana e :) Hey, today is Fail/Flail Friday and also Foodie Friday at booklat, so please feel free to share books you're currently digging or any food-related passages in books. :)

Am happy also to find someone who is passionate about books! Best day ever!
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[User Picture]From: starsplashes
2011-07-24 04:10 pm (UTC)

Re: edited for grammerrrss hahaha (sorry sobrang na-excite ako and forgot my tenses!) :))

omg ang ganda rin nun, sam ata name ng bida dun. haha! ♥

oh yeah doreen fernandez! unfortunately i havent read any of her essays but would get down to doing that someday! sige ano pa mga themes? :) HIHI NAKAKEXCITE! :) i know i love meeting new friends who also worship books! :))
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[User Picture]From: aphazia
2011-07-25 01:15 am (UTC)

Re: edited for grammerrrss hahaha (sorry sobrang na-excite ako and forgot my tenses!) :))

Submit ka na ng post!
Today is Monday, so there's Man, I wish I wrote this-Monday, where you can post your favorite quote/s from a book.
We have:
This book changed my life/This author rocks my socks-Tuesday;
What I'm reading Wednesday
This is a great ____ for reading (place, song, snack, etc.)Thursday
Fail/Flail Friday/Foodie Friday (rant/rave about books you read, food-related books/passages)
Stupendous Book Cover! Saturday
Show and Tell Sundays, where you can post your recent acquisitions, your reading list, etc. etc.

Am looking forward to your submissions! :)

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[User Picture]From: starsplashes
2011-07-26 06:09 pm (UTC)

Re: edited for grammerrrss hahaha (sorry sobrang na-excite ako and forgot my tenses!) :))

woohoo i'll post something for what i'm reading wednesday!!! hihi will get down to that later!! <3 <3
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