Wednesday, January 9, 2013

So. The world refused to end last December 2012. I'd like to congratulate everyone for surviving yet another Armageddon. We are getting good at this, people!

First, I'd like to take this opportunity to beg for forgiveness to the 6 1/3 people who read this blog. I am sorry for being so busy these past few weeks months. Yes, this is me importantly bragging the existence of my hectic non-cyber life, please pretend to be in awe. Ha! 

But seriously, hospital work contracts come and go but this piece in the world wide web has been with me for years now and no matter how toxic my schedule becomes, mark my words: Orchestroscopy. Will. Live. On.

That said, let us welcome this new year with a scandalous and titillating post about the list of books I've read the past year. Year end reviews / lessons learned / new year resolutions that never survive past January will have to wait. This list is easier to write.

From the 34 books I've read in 2010 to the 18 books finished last 2011, here is my brand new spanking list for the year that was. It's not any better from the previous year and I have to admit, without some of the easily-read local titles, this is a worse year for literary achievements. 

(In chronological order of completion)

  1. Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto
  2. When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
  3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  4. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
  5. Percy Jackson #1: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  6. Percy Jackson #2: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  7. Percy Jackson #3: The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
  8. Percy Jackson #4: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
  9. Percy Jackson #5: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  10. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  11. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  12. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  13. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  14. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Local titles:

   15. Ligo na U, Lapit na Me by Eros S. Atalia
   16. Naermyth by Karen Francisco
   17. 100: The Hundreds Project by UP Writer's Club
   18. Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo by Ramon Bautista
   19. Table for Two by Marla Miniano

I regret not being able to write reviews for most of these titles. I'm pretty sure I have more than enough thoughts to accomplish an easy write-up if only time (and laziness) permitted me. Now, however, I feel sort of challenged to devour as much novels (and write as much articles) as possible before June, where there is a 99% of me not being able to crack open a book that is not technically written and full of important sounding jargon. (More of that in the posts to come.)

You see, there is a difference of reading any other book and reading a novel. With novels, you see the beauty and brilliance of artistically written language. There is passion in those pages where written facts, diagrams and figures could never hope to achieve nor even come close to. I think this is what I'll miss the most with the path I am determined to take. But whatever the future may hold, at least I'll know, I'll always have words.


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