Reads from July

FFS! July is about to hang itself out to dry and I haven’t even written a single post! Of course this shouldn’t count.

So… I’ve been reading. I was slacking, especially the month of May. My average of four books per month – well, I broke the spell. I broke it. Not proud of it, but life happened, and I broke it.

I’ve read 22 books this year, which means I’m six books short.

SIX! Since I can’t quite explain the reason behind the slack, so be it.

Walk Through Walls by Marina Abramovich has officially made my top three list. It’s such a DAMN GOOD BOOK. Damn amazing life, damn amazing everything. I wish I had known about her sooner.

So I finished Brave by Rose McGowan in 3 days. Quite a feat for me because I can only read during certain hours in a day.

A Dark Night in Aurora by William H. Reid was a good read, I managed to resonate with something though I’d rather not talk about it in real life.

Ordeal by Linda Lovelace. Doesn’t matter whether I believe her or not. What matters is that she managed to get it out in a book. Again, I know what’s it like to be attached to a bloody abusive pig.

Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich. I don’t need to explain why it should be a compulsory read for people in general. Lies, cover-ups, more lies.


So the above’s what it is.

What am I currently reading? Gosh, plenty. Bookishly speaking, I am shameless. So here goes.

I’m still reading Megan K. Stack’s Every Man in this Village is a Liar. I’m also still reading How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gill. Also, still trying to finish The Body Book by Cameron Diaz (which isn’t an easy read because it’s a rich-people-only kinda book. And there are two more books. One’s Facing the Wave by Gretel Ehrlich and I can’t remember the other.

I have few other reads waiting in my Kindle. Okay. Hundreds. I keep buying. I just don’t have enough time in a day to bloody read.

August is around the corner. Still, SIX books short. Who cares but I!

Current Read: Walk Through Walls

Walk Through Walls by Marina Abramović

It’s almost July, and I think this would be the best book of the year for me.

This could be finished in one setting, but I let life get in the way. However, there were times where I did it on purpose because it’s so engaging that I didn’t want this read to end so quickly.

As someone who has minimal to near zero understanding of the world of performance arts, I was skeptical at first. I assumed, that I wouldn’t be able to ‘get’ this book. But I was so wrong. It’s written in a way that could capture your heart and soul. That would draw you into the world of performance arts without you realizing it – that you’ve learned a little of their world.

I might be able to finish it soon, real soon, but I’m refusing to. I really want to savor every remaining bit of the stories, the pages.

What’s Up

So much has happened over the past month. I did finish a couple reads but haven’t posted any progress in here. So I’ll go with what I’m currently reading and trying to get into:

  • Russian Roulette | Paperback. It’s quite heavy, but my surroundings aren’t supportive of my finishing of this read. Hope to pick it up again soon.
  • The Lynching | Kindle e-book. I’m 50% done.
  • Voices from Chernobyl | Paperback. Page 17. Because I was distracted.

Mainly those three.

Also, a book haul. But that can wait.

Code: T705

I’m working on a book project. Haven’t thought of the title, of course. That’s the last thing on my mind, really. I’m mapping out chapters but it’s not going anywhere.

What prompted me to write this post is my eldest child, Bagel. I’m currently at a weekly writing meet-up which takes place every Thursday mornings at a neighborhood Starbucks. He has no school, and I decided to bring him along instead of missing out on the club. His younger brother, Bean, has school so thank goodness.

I was trying to map a bloody chapter but as always, children being children, mothers being mothers, there’s no way either of us will give the other a break. He does this nose thing (don’t ask) every other second, and I can’t help but hush him and tell him to knock it off!!! So there you go – him with his nose thing, me with the telling-offs.

It’s only 9:20am. Bagel brought his journal supplies (color pens, sketch pad, notepad), and two books (graphic novels with good and bad English). We also stopped by the gas station earlier so that he could grab some snacks and soda (crab crackers, Kinder chocolate bar, and some sugary drink).

It’s still too early to tell, but so far, I’m with my earphones listening to the radio and couldn’t hear his nose thing. Pity Sabby who’s seated next to him though (Sabby’s the founder of the writing club, Diam! & Write).

Hope to get back to Scrivener soon. Really. Otherwise, it’s just another morning without getting any writing done…

Bookforum: Marlon James

This morning.

There are many ways to enrich yourself. You could go hiking, swimming, reading, fishing, skateboarding, whip up a nice sandwich, volunteering, cleaning, teaching, or anything.

It’s not what you do. It’s why and how you do it and staying true to your intentions. A cyclist cycling to recover from a broken heart and a cyclist cycling for health reasons is two different ways of the ‘what’. Why are you cycling for? How are you cycling, are you all geared up with safety equipments? That’s the difference.

It’s better than spending one full hour mindlessly swiping through websites that does nothing good other than make you hate your own life more by envying others.

Do something.

Mine’s reading, spending money on books, and spending time organizing my book club.

Book Club Meet-up this Morning

Silent Book Club Kota Kinabalu, April 14th Meet-up

This morning started out perfect. Really, perfect. Hugged and kissed the kids goodbye, thankful for the NBA playoffs – the partner’s dose – with Rockets vs. I-don’-care-who-since-Jordan-retired; drove to the library, set-up the table, and waited blissfully (inside, waited blissfully inside. Bookworms don’t show nerdy bliss on their faces until another bookworm shows up) for others to show up.

In total, five of us showed and it was just a nice group at the table which had chairs for eight.

B was the first to arrive (after yours truly), and since it was her first time at our new library, she placed her book and her bag at the table and went sight-seeing before settling down to read. She owns “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” here.

M came later, it was probably her third time at the new library. She didn’t bring a book and decided to use this meet-up to borrow some books instead. “The English Monster” and “The Blind Assassin” were her loot of the day.

W came next, she reads on her mobile. She loves literature (it’s my first time meeting her too!) and that’s all I know! It didn’t occur to me to ask her about her current read!

E came last (also my first time meeting her). She, too, decided to use this meet-up to borrow some books from the library. She chose “Dark City” by Xeus.

As for me? I’m still trying to finish my physical book – Hiroshima. Had we stayed there for another hour, I’d have finished it! I even took a break by standing and reading facing a pillar, which had mini wall-mounted tables – again, perfect. I am hoping to QUIT my Kindle for a while and focus on this read tonight, or tomorrow night… I’m horrible.

That is all! Perfect day with fantastic company!

Currently Reading: Dot Journaling

Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide by Rachel Wilkerson Miller

I succumbed. Been on the fence for quite sometime. As in bullet journaling, not the book.

I keep a journal (journals, over the years. Few were dotted ones, before “bujo” got popular. I bought it because it was on sale), currently an orange Moleskine and a big spiral “Nickelodeon” notebook (I’ll post it next time), but it’s something I write in full sentences, with minimal doodles here and there. Apparently you’re not supposed to do too much of that (writing in long form) when  it comes to dot/bullet journals.

So I stumbled upon, flipped, and skimmed the book at the bookstore today. The ideas were brilliant. I then joined a few Facebook groups for more (used to be IG, but I don’t do much IG nowdays) inspiration and I’m helplessly hooked – though I know not for long, because, well, I’m 37 – and I have had a few things figured out, and one of them is my journaling style and habit. Going full-on bujo won’t be possible, but it’s worth the occasional sin.

Back to the book. Even though it would be nicer to read and reference it in physical form, I decided I didn’t want to carry too many things around (I already have a journal and a Kindle in my bag) so digital it is.

Do you do bullet journals? I’m curious. Show me.