An Insatiable Hunger for Reading

Catching a whiff of the grass-like tang of a paperback always invigorates me.

Jeez! I must have been so busy these past three months that I was not able to post anything on my blog! I’m a terrible blogger.

Yes, I was extremely busy. To save myself from boredom while in line for the lousy MRT (sorry, MRTA, but I am not alone in having that opinion) and to have something to occupy my thoughts before I sleep at night, I always have a friend made of board and paper to accompany me.

So, for the last three months, I was away to visit Westeros and check what’s going on with Daenerys in Slaver’s Bay. (Caution: The next two sentences contain spoilers. If you want to, just keep reading. You have been forewarned.) Westeros is now in more turmoil than ever, with Cersei back in the Red Keep after the humiliating events in the Sept of Baelor and Jon Snow might be dead. Slaver’s Bay is also in chaos and Daenerys just fell to the hands of the enemy. In addition to the The Song of Ice and Fire series, I have also read Rainbow Rowell’s “Eleanor & Park” and “Attachments”, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman, “Looking for Alaska” by John Green, and Robert Galbraith’s “The Cuckoo’s Calling”. Presently, I am in the middle of Winter’s Tale and the first volume of Sherlock Holmes.

Let me share some of my favorite passages from these novels that became part of my life.

This one is from The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the book that once again reminded me how it is to see the world from a child’s point of view.

George R. R. Martin made me smile when I came to this point in A Dance with Dragons.

Eleanor & Park is a realistic love story. A far cry from the typical love-at-first-sight novels and TV programs we are used to.

John Green did a great work with Looking for Alaska. I’m soon to be 25 years old while the characters in it are only sixteen to eighteen but I admit that I still mull over what the future holds for me.

It’s easy to get absorbed to these books. I love books, I love stories, I love reading. I love the way books make me think and escape into a different world. I wonder why some people do not enjoy reading books. I guess they are doing it the wrong way.


When Wavelengths Meet

I received this text message from a friend:

Ate Che-Che, why is Gus like that? I’m gonna cry!

And I immediately sent her a consoling reply, telling her that life is not always a happily-ever-after tale, knowing that she is referring to the ending of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Who said that bookworms are antisocial? We are not. We just choose the people we want to talk to. Try to visit a book’s Facebook page or Instagram account, you will see millions of readers sharing their thoughts about the characters, the plot, the author, how the book was creatively written, how a certain event can be related to real-life situations, and how an ideology being discussed impacts a person’s ethics.

It’s wonderful how books can make people connect instantly. Someone will start a quote from a book and every nerd in the room will follow suit. And thank God for the Internet, a single hashtag will direct you to thousands of feeds for a certain fiction character.

That’s enough blabber for me today. Let me get back to Westeros. The Season 4 of Game of Thrones will air this April and I have to finish the books first.