In which I recap what went down in the last four weeks here and outside the blog.
It’s been three full months since I started my new job in Kumon Angeles and I’m still thrilled to go see my students every day. What sorcery is this?!
Helloooo, bookworms! August just left us (wasn’t it April a fortnight ago?). Game of Thrones occupied all my Monday nights (do the math, I’ll wait here) and I was basically pulling my hair in frustration for the majority of the last episodes because of Sansa and Arya’s regressive story arc. But that doesn’t matter now, does it? I also freaked out over Taylor’s comeback, although I was soon faced with the realization that I’m not a big fan of her new music. But hey, Wonder Woman: Warbringer y’all! It. Is. Out. NOW. Otherwise, it was regular fanboying and Froy-obsessing over my little space of the internet.
September means fall for a lot of people. Except for this boy who lives in extreme rains and sweltering heat. But that doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to it all the same. September means It and They Both Die at the End (!!). It also means I’m a little over a month closer to Stranger Things 2 and six months away from my favorite film I have yet to see (hint: it includes Oreos and boys kissing). And oh. The 38th Manila International Book Fair is happening. Please tell me I’ll be seeing familiar faces!
Books I Read
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – Human fallibility and the capacity for deep connection are at the center of this beloved classic. At once imaginative and touching.
- Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – Zappia writes with lightness and empathy without ever treating lightly her dark subject. Eliza is my first title by the author but will definitely not be the last.
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – Well, I didn’t like this one as much as I’d hoped but it still is a good read, with invaluable advice here and there.
Other Stuff I Posted
- Unmissable Weekly: August 6, 2017 – Where in we got to meet the Carter family!
- Unmissable Weekly: August 13, 2017 – SLJ released its list of the librarians-voted Top 100 Must-Have YA Books and, oh boy, only seven feature protagonists or subjects from marginalized cultures. But hey, they have 42 editors-selected diverse titles to go with it.
- Unmissable Weekly: August 20, 2017 – Bustle published a careful, detailed look on how YA Twitter is trying to dismantle white supremacy one book at a time.
- Ten Books to Diversify Your School’s Reading List – Because we still need diverse books and there’s still a lot of work to do.
- Unmissable Weekly: August 27, 2017 – In which we learned YA Twitter took down a fraudulent NYT #1 bestseller.
- 3 Practical Ways to Get More Reading Done – In these times of political turmoil and easy distractions, when many of us constantly find ourselves in heated conversations about presidents or the recent episode of Game of Thrones, that on top of school or work or both, squeezing in more time to read is increasingly hard. But hard doesn’t necessarily have to mean impossible.
Happy book birthday to See What I Have Done (Atlantic Monthly Press), The Wood (Feiwel and Friends), Little and Lion (Brown and Company), How to Disappear (HarperTeen), A Map for Wrecked Girls (Dial Books), Wicked Like a Wildfire (Katherine Tegen Books), Dress Codes for Small Towns (HarperTeen), The History of Bees (Touchstone), and Wonder Woman: Warbringer (Random House BFYR), which all found a place in the shelves last month!
This month I’m super stoked for They Both Die at the End (5th, HarperTeen) and The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (26th, Imprint)! I’m also waiting for Autoboyography (12th, Simon and Schuster BFYR), Moxie (19th, Roaring Brook Press), The Victoria in My Head (19th, Simon Pulse), An Enchantment of Ravens (26th, Margaret K. McElderry Books), and Starfish (26th, Simon Pulse).
These kickass women rode miles on horseback to deliver library books, people!
They were known as the “book women.” They would saddle up, usually at dawn, to pick their way along snowy hillsides and through muddy creeks with a simple goal: to deliver reading material to Kentucky’s isolated mountain communities. So, you know, history has proven time and again that librarians are seriously amazing, and this gives me life. You can head over to Atlast Obscura and read more about the book women.
Around the Interwebs
- We got the first official trailer for Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name and it is SO GOOD. Bonus: here are all the unbearably intense sexual-tension GIFs from this Sundance darling, which is adapted from André Aciman’s 2007 novel of the same name. (I just about died. RIP me.)
- Vulture asks why don’t dystopias know how to talk about race.
- Let Cait @ Paper Fury convince you to pick up Gap Year in Ghost Town, and she totally will.
- Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader thinks these 12 retellings reinvent literary classics for a new generation.
- For those of us who missed National Book Store’s 2017 Philippine Readers and Writers Festival (*cries in the corner*), JM @ Book Freak Revelations and Raffy @ The Royal Polar Bear Reads have our backs! We can all live vicariously through their detailed recaps here and here, respectively.
- Penguin Books Limited shared a history of LGBTQ coming-of-age fiction in 15 books and I haven’t even heard of most it.
- Game of Thrones Season 7 recently wrapped up and you will probably have to wait until 2019 to find out whether [insert spoiler here].
- “The cat has nine lives, but, as a boy who read, I guess I had a thousand.”
Now, tell me all about your August! Is there a 5-star read or an A+ film you would recommend I check out?