Top Ten Tuesday


Got this from Broke and Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday has to do with the most difficult books one has read, and boy, were there TONS for me.

  1. The Iliad (translation by R. Fitzgerald). We had to read this for Western Lit I class in college and dear lord book 2 was just horrible! It was basically a catalogue of ships, a record of who rode which battle ship. And then the prose just got too difficult to translate into contemporary English in my head so I skipped some parts.
  2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, and Emma by Jane Austen. I’m lumping these two together because the lead characters were just way too annoying for me to have kept reading in one sitting.
  3. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. I’m still not done.
  4. 1984 by George Orwell. I couldn’t put the book down, but I had to force myself because I couldn’t fathom a world where I wasn’t allowed to even THINK. 😦
  5. Every Day by David Levithan. Just. Tears. All. Over. The. Place. And anger and wonder and hope and then just general wtf.
  6. The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. Read my review here.
  7. El Filibusterismo by Jose Rizal. While I am fluent in conversational Filipino, the written version has always been a weakness of mine. I cheated with Noli Me Tangere because I remember looking for chapter summaries or asking people what happened in each chapter or skipping to the Q&A portion of each chapter in our textbook BEFORE reading each chapter. All these things helped me plow through Rizal’s classic. THIS one, however, I didn’t even bother to finish anymore.
  8. Shopaholic Book 3 by Sophie Kinsella. I hated this book so much I can’t be bothered to look up its actual title. While reading this book I realized how all of the books in this series just follow the same predictable plot.
  9. Son of A Witch by Gregory Maguire. B-O-R-I-N-G. But I finished it.
  10. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. I remember staying up all night in Mcdo, Katipunan with MA classmates trying to decipher this novel for our final paper. I have a love-hate relationship with this book.

I think I have more, but these are the first ten (ahem) that came to mind.


August NaBloPoMo

I joined the August NaBloPoMo on BlogHer, and seeing that I totally failed the April #atozchallenge, I’m determined to see this one through.

The theme for the month is MNEMONIC, and while it’s not the first topic I’d think of to write about, the writing prompts caught my attention, and I felt that I could actually write some meaningful content instead of mere filler posts.


2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,300 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Reader Types

I came across this post, and I would like to share it.

What type of reader are you?

I’m a combination of ALL of them. It depends on the book, I suppose. 🙂

Birthday Wishlist 2013

Because it’s tradition already for me. (click images to go to site)

This is also my Christmas wishlist already.

  •  Any of the following Activate Apparel tops:

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  • A Manduka travel yoga mat


  • The Critical Tradition by David Richter


  • This Starbucks tumblr tumbler with tea diffuser


  • CBTL tea (Moroccan Mint, Chai, or Apricot Ceylon)
taken from the CBTL Ph instagram

taken from the CBTL Ph instagram


  • A cute laptop sleeve
  • A new pair of shoes
  • A new bag (doctor, satchel, shoulder, hobo)
  • A new pair of jeans (NOT skinny)
  • the Apple TV box thing
  • to be gifted with a million dollars (no tax to be paid)

The Fluffs are getting me a scrapbook already, so that’s taken care of.

This list will be updated whenever I think of something new. 🙂

Tyler Knott’s poetry

“Dissolve into me

and I will evaporate

right back into you.”
– Daily Haiku on Love by Tyler Knott Gregson


His poetry gets me every single time.

A-Z Challenge: Vriska Serket

Vriska Serket, Patrol Troll of the Scorpio sign


god tier Vriska

I was introduced to this online web serial (comics?) called Homestuck (<–click to start reading) by my former student and later on by my own sister. Simply put, it tells the story of four human kids and their quest to save the world through the help of 12 aliens (representative of the 12 signs of the zodiac) who want to help them because apparently the 4 kids fail if they proceed on the mission on their own. (This is an oversimplification; best if you just discover the story on your own.)

Vriska Serket, 8th troll (the alien race) to be formally introduced, is the patron troll of those born under the Scorpio sign (like me). When I first got to her story, I hated her, and I felt bad that my patron troll could be so cruel. Then again, given the general character traits of Scorpios, I shouldn’t have been surprised that Vriska was like that. What I couldn’t understand, though, was how my sister thought Vriska was one of the coolest trolls among the bunch. Apparently, I wasn’t even halfway through the story so I had to shut up about it.

As I slowly unraveled Vriska’s story (and you know what, I’m still not done), I began to realize that she wasn’t being cruel for the sake of it; she actually had a purpose–a noble one at that. You just think that her methods are very…hinky and evil. Then I got to thinking if I were anything like her. She seemed cruel in the way she treated her friend/s, but she was actually pushing them to learn to stand up for themselves (I never said her methods were perfect. hey.) because they were pushovers. On my end, I’ve been accused of being a bitch, but anybody who really knows me the fangs come out only in defense of my friends or if I’m pushing my whiny students to do and be more than they thought they could. (I’m really a softie; I cry at commercials.)

One thing’s for sure, though: I realize I had a lot more in common with Vriska than I had initially thought, and I guess I’m cool with that.

The series is impossible to finish in one day. Believe me, I’ve tried. I’m still not halfway through… I think. I’m at the part where someone just went grimdark – is that halfway through already?)