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Wish Wednesday: Books I Hope To Read Before 2012 (Or the World) Ends

Forget the fact that I have a bajillion physical books and ebooks lying around in my room and on my ipad. Forget the fact that I actually have very little time (or focus) these days to read leisurely. Forget the fact that I’m supposed to be saving up for a lot of things so recreational purchases are out of the question (but then again, books have never been considered as just another recreational buy)

These are the books I’m wishing to buy and actually read in the next few months. Bold text my comments, blurbs courtesy of Amazon 🙂

I loved her first three novels, so naturally I wanna pick this up

Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy, the brash cop from Tana French’s bestselling Faithful Place, plays by the book and plays hard. That’s what’s made him the Murder squad’s top detective—and that’s what puts the biggest case of the year into his hands.

With her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller, French’s new novel goes full throttle with a heinous crime, creating her most complicated detective character and her best book yet.

 

 

 

I’m always curious about what other people are reading when in public so this seems like an interesting read

Seen Reading is the exciting debut collection of microfictions from Canada’ s pre-eminent literary voyeur, Julie Wilson. Based on the beloved online movement of the same name, Seen Reading collects more than a hundred stories inspired by sightings of people reading on Toronto transit, each reader re-invented in a poetic piece of short fiction. Tender, poignant, and fun, Seen Reading offers readers an inspired fictional map while charting an urban centre’ s cultural commitment to books and literature.

 

They’re turning this into a movie really soon so I better start reading it.

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

 

I haven’t read an Amerasian novel in a really long time. And also, the cover is pretty cool

A sparkling bildungsroman about friendship and betrayal, art and race.

In 1988, Eric Cho, an aspiring writer, arrives at Macalester College. On his first day he meets a beautiful fledgling painter, Jessica Tsai, and another would-be novelist, the larger-than-life Joshua Yoon. Brilliant, bawdy, generous, and manipulative, Joshua alters the course of their lives, rallying them together when they face an adolescent act of racism. As adults in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the three friends reunite as the 3AC, the Asian American Artists Collective—together negotiating the demands of art, love, commerce, and idealism.

 

Everyone is talking about this and most critics are saying that it’s the best summer read of 2012. So of course I have to read it

Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

 

I’m always fascinated with Christian writers who talk about things that traditional Christians don’t usually discuss.

The freedom to question—asking and being asked—is an indispensable and sacred practice that is absolutely vital to the health of our communities.According to author David Dark, when religion won’t tolerate questions, objections, or differences of opinion, and when it only brings to the table threats of excommunication, violence, and hellfire, it does not allow people to discover for themselves what they truly believe.The God of the Bible not only encourages questions; the God of the Bible demands them. If that were not so, we wouldn’t live in a world of such rich, God-given complexity in which wide-eyed wonder is part and parcel of the human condition.

 

Dystopian, speculative YA novels are my cups of tea. And a critically-acclaimed debut novel is always a draw for me.

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions.

 

 

Spanish football. Enough said

La Roja takes us on a journey through some of the extraordinary characters, games and other activities that have defined Spanish soccer, from the early days when a few enthusiasts developed their talent, to the emergence of rival giants, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, and a national team that, encompassing all that was most brilliant in the Spanish League, became the world’s champion.

 

 

Just because I’m a social media geek

Social commerce is the new buzz word and this book will be the first to cut through the hype and tell you exactly what it all means… and how to do it. Social media has moved on, it’s not enough to just be engaging your customers in fun chit-chat, now you can sell to them directly through their favourite social media platform.  In this follow up to This Is Social Media Guy Clapperton uses the same easy-to-follow visuals and instructions to break the process down and show you exactly how to set up your own social commerce operation and how to make it a success.

 

 

Yes, yes, this is exactly me right now!

Winner describes how experiences of loss and failure unexpectedly slam her into a wall of doubt and spiritual despair: “My belief has faltered, my sense of God’s closeness has grown strained, my efforts at living in accord with what I take to be the call of the gospel have come undone.”

Witty, relatable, and fiercely honest, Winner lays bare her experience of what she calls the “middle” of the spiritual life. In elegant and spare prose, she explores why—in the midst of the overwhelming anxiety, loneliness, and boredom of her deepest questioning about where (or if) God is—the Christian story still explains who she is better than any other story she’s ever known.

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in wish wednesday

 

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Wish Wednesday: My 1st Quarter Concert Wish List

If I had lots of money and I was not saving up for World Cup 2014, no question, I would definitely watch all of these concerts. But as it is, I would have to scratch some of them off my realistic list. Who knows, someone might read this and give me complimentary tickets and I PROMISE I will write about the concert for realz

February 14-18 – UP Fair

I haven’t been to a UP Fair since I graduated which was ____ years ago. And this year, I’m making it my goal to go to at least one of the 5 concerts. Who’s with me UP peeps?

February 15- Toro Y Moi

Probably only a few people in my circle know of him, and those few seem to not be watching this, so most probably, i will go into it alone. Oh, and he (real name Chazwick Bundick) is of Filipino descent, in case you didn’t know (which I only found out a few weeks ago actually. Toinks)

February 16 – Avril Lavigne

Yes, I detest pop music, but when it comes to pop-rock quasi-punk, I’m totally in. And Avril was part of my angsty mid-20s musical soundtrack and I don’t care if my indie cred went down a few notches or if you think less of me after reading this. I wanna see my girl rock in pink! Unfortunately, I will probably miss this coz I’m helping out with a wedding the day after

February 19 – Bush Live in Manila

I refuse to acknowledge the fact that Bush is just the opening act for that other band which I loathe. So whoever likes that other band and have no idea who Bush is, maybe you’d like to split a ticket with me?

True story: Bush was the very first rock concert I watched when I was 17 and I told my parents I was going to a “school project”. Stupidly enough, I asked them to pick me up somewhere near ULTRA and so I was caught in that lie. Kids, don’t do this ever

February 29 – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Again, probably only 2 of my RLF (that’s Real Life Friends for you) listen to this band, so I will probably not watch or watch alone again. I’m just so happy that indie acts have been coming to the country the past few years and if you’re an indie music lover, you have to keep watching concerts like this to sustain these concert promoters

The whole of February – Philippine International Jazz Festival

It’s about time I rediscover my love for jazz music. I know I can’t watch all of these events, but at least 3 will do. Jazzheads, who’s with me

March 5 – Death Cab for Cutie 

THIS ONE IS A NON-NEGOTIABLE!!! DCFC is on my Top 10 bucket list bands so I absolutely have to watch them. And just thinking of them singing my favorite songs live (Your Heart Is an Empty Room, Translanticism, I Will Follow You Into the Dark, Stay Young, Go Dancing among others) makes me tear up already. SO I JUST HAVE TO BE THERE, KAY?

March 8 – The Smash Project (Dashboard Confessional, The Used, Cobra Starship, The Cab)

Yeah I know, you might say they’re a bunch of whiny emo dudes, but hey, Chris Carrabba (Dashboard) is one of my forever crushes so I don’t care. I might probably have to buy expensive tickets to avoid being stuck with the sweaty, whiny emo black (dress, not race) kids. Eeewww. I am half-kidding. Or not

April 21 – Planetshakers and Israel Houghton 

2012 seems to be another great year for international worship and CCM artists to be coming to Manila, thanks to awesome concert organizers like my good friends at Becca Music! There will be more announcements  as the year goes on, but trust me, it’s gonna be exciting! So April 21 is the earliest concert and it’s already a doozy!

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in wish wednesday

 

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Wish Wednesday: My 2012 Pop Culture Goals

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I know I’m 12 days late in posting this, but it is still January so it doesn’t matter. And while my life goals (I still refuse to use the word resolution although we all know it’s the same banana) are still under construction (the umbrella words being MOVE and WRITE more), at least these things I’ve already formulated

1. Write (not just microblog) what I consume – If you know me, you know I consume pop culture like I consume chocolate, and yet, after I eat them, then what? I should put down what these things have contributed to my life and how it can help (or not) other people’s pop culture education. This one also means BLOG MORE!

2. Don’t just amass, but actually consume – Again, if you know me, I hoard books, music, TV shows, movies, comic books, links to stuff, etc. But most of them, I actually don’t read/listen to/watch. So this 2012 I should be able to:
– Read at least 20 books from my backlog of 2 bookshelves
– Listen to at least half of the 100 gigs of music on my Mac
– Watch at least 1/4 of the 300+ movies I’ve “acquired”
– Read all the links I’ve favorited on Twitter or put on Instapaper and Read Later

3. Try things out of my comfort zone – I always tell my students to do this, but I seldom do it because I’ve been so used to my kind of pop culture. But for my personal growth and to maybe discover new things to love, I will try to
– listen to hiphop (not r&b, tried that never liked it)
– watch local shows (not soap operas, i dont think that can contribute to my growth)
– watch documentaries that are not mainstream
– read Christian fiction (apparently there are really good ones out there)
– go to gigs of local indie bands i know nothing about

4. Finish the two remaining books of A Song of Ice and Fire so i can move on to other things – I think I purposely read it slowly because I’m so Invested in the world of Westeros that I cannot imagine life without me reading it to and from work and while drinking coffee after a hard day’s work. But I do have to explore other worlds eventually, so I have to end my love affair with Jon Snow eventually. Well, until the next book that is.

5. Lend stuff to other people so i can share my passions with them – but only to people I trust will give them back coz I’ve lost countless books, comic books, dvds to friends who either end up not being friends anymore or have gotten temporary amnesia with regards to stuff they borrow

6. Start on that pop culture scrapbook/magazine I’ve been planning – and I do mean an actual honest to goodness scrapbook, not an app. Why? Coz I’m a geek like that

7. Get out more – My gadgets should not be my world. There are movie theaters to go to, stage plays to see, concerts to watch, libraries and museums to explore, yadda yadda yadda. And that means talking to actual people too right? Sigh

So what are your pop culture resol….I mean goals this year?

*This is my first ever blog post that I typed on Arya Stark aka the ipad2

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in wish wednesday

 

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Wish Wednesday: My Commuting Wishlist

Admittedly, i turn into a different creature when I’m in the MRT and whenever i see commuters behaving abominably or stupidly. So since, as they say, it’s free to dream, here are my wishes that someday might actually come true

I wish women would become more patient, considerate, polite, or even just plain human in the MRT during rush hour. No pushing, shoving, screaming, hair-pulling (yes, i did see that once)

I wish people would not hog the poles in the MRT because for vertically challenged people like me , it’s our only lifeline

I wish people actually know and honor the “keep right” principle because not every place is a one way street. Everyone’s lives would be a tad easier if we all kept right. Promise

I wish people who ride the shuttle (or bus or jeep or any public vehicle) would not talk loudly on the phone or to each other because we don’t need to know all the gory or boring details of your lives and some of us would just like to sleep or rest our ears

I wish people would actually follow the walk/do not walk lights (what are they called anyways?) when crossing the street. Unless you’re in a medical emergency,you can wait a few seconds or even minutes. And yes, it’s for our safety right? And if you get run over coz you didn’t follow, whose fault is it again

I wish pedestrians who violate rules would also be ticketed and fined. Para fair lang sa drivers diba?

I wish people who are behind me in the escalator, in the MRT ticket line and turnstile, would respect personal space. I dont want to smell what your last meal was

What are your own commuting wishes?

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in wish wednesday

 

Wish Wednesday: Social Media Edition

Twitter Wishes

I wish people would stop begging celebrities to re-tweet them

…and that celebrities would actually stop re-tweeting them (unless there’s an actual cause involved)

I wish some people would not retweet everything that was tweeted to them, unless it was really funny or interesting. There’s a reason why there’s a @ reply function

I wish media outlets would verify their sources first before tweeting for the sake of being ahead of all other media outlets

I wish Twitter trolls would just go away and do something meaningful with their lives instead of wasting hours just trolling and spreading hate on people they disagree with

Facebook Wishes

I wish brands and products would stop making contests where the way to win is to get the most likes (it’s actually not allowed by Facebook, in case you didn’t know)

and I wish my friends would stop begging me to like their pictures, especially if they’re not that likeable

I wish Facebook had a filter where you could automatically hide stupid and useless posts

I wish people would use Facebook to

… actually say something meaningful that can inspire others

… start meaningful discussions that might sometimes lead to a few disagreements but at least will make people think instead of just accepting everything like robots/zombies

…inform others about things they normally wouldn’t find out (because they don’t read newspapers or even websites anymore)

…share new discoveries, new joys, new creative ideas

….instead of just heaping hate, misery, cruelty to other people

Google+ Wish

I wish more of my friends would actually go there so I can just check Facebook every once in a while na lang

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in wish wednesday

 

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Wish Wednesday: More Coffee Coffee Coffee

I only have one wish today (since the other one was granted already)

To have this

Even though it’s a single-serve machine, I would still gladly make a cup for everyone who wants one. After all, coffee is more enjoyable if shared with people you love.

Now to save up for this…..

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in wish wednesday

 

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Wish Wednesday

I kinda got my wish today. The Azkals drew 1-1 with Sri Lanka in the WC 2014 Qualifiers 1st round. I’m happy coz we got that all important away goal! And I have a 3rd favorite player now, the man of the match, Stephen Schrock, He was awesome in this match (although I wish we could have seen more of the midfield)

My wish for the home game this Sunday is 2 (or more!) goals. I am so excited to be watching and cheering on the Azkals with 13,000 other supporters. Atmosphere will be electrifying.If I got goosebumps at National Sports Grill earlier, with a full-house crowd cheering, what more on Sunday?

Oh, and lastly….since it’s Wish Wednesday…

(Thanks to @divasoria for this pic. And apologies to those who are squeamish about male underwear ads.)

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in wish wednesday

 

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