Books and Roti Saturday

My book club, Ex Libris Philippines, had our monthly book session in TriNoMa last Saturday.  We had it in Banana Leaf Asian Cafe at the garden area.  One staple thing during our book sessions is our love for food.  This month, we surprised ourselves with the number of rotis we all consumed while talking about our books-of-the-month and our respective lives.

From now on, I pledge to document the books shared every book sessions.  This could be a good tool to track what we have shared so far, and probably, to review a trend of the kinds of books the group is inclined to read.

Tata shared A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.  It is the first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series which will be made into an HBO mini-series this April.  I am not much into fantasy books but I’m interested to check this one out.  Check the trailer of the mini-series here.

Nerrie shared two of Lois Lowry’s books, The Giver and Gathering Blue.  I did not know until then that it’s a trilogy, the third book being The Messenger.  If I have time, I will read this series.  They are thin enough and the plot is interesting; in The Giver, the concept of a utopian futuristic world and its interesting characters can hold my fascination for a while.

Mikha shared a book published in the 70’s titled Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard.  It’s non-fiction which chronicled a year in her life in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Valley.  Mikha said he was impressed by the way each experience was described.

Rich, always the sci-fi/fantasy go-to guy in the group, shared Flood by Stephen Baxter.  Taking a cue from the title, it’s about a catastrophic flood that plagued the Earth.  It’s like a mashup of 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow, perhaps only better.  Spoiler: the novel ended with the entire planet submerged, so much so that even the Everest cannot be seen anymore.  Yaiks.

Nicole, our illustrated books enthusiast, shared, what else, but an illustrated copy of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, in collaboration with artist Charles Vess.  I have seen a part of the movie adaptation and have read a few pages of the novel, and I have to say, the illustrations here are impressive.  The colors are not too dark and strong.

I shared The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.  It’s my first zombie-themed book, and it’s YA, no less. 🙂 It’s engaging, and reading about the invasion of the zombies (called in the book “Unconsecrated”) was like watching select episodes of The Walking Dead.  There were loose threads and I’m hoping they can be answered by its prequel of sorts (what do you call a story that happened in parallel with the other book anyway?), Dead-Tossed Waves.

Christian shared The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl, a copy of which he bought in Booksale.  It’s about a series of murders which resembles each stages of hell as described in Dante’s Inferno.  I have a copy of this book and because of his recommendation, I may have to take this up soon.

Gabi is set to take her comprehensive exam for her master’s in two weeks so she whipped out Basic Principles of Curriculum and Instruction by educator Ralph W. Tyler.  She apologized about it but I think it’s a good book to share.  She said the book, although it made her snooze many a times, outlines procedures on how to formulate effective curricula to meet the needs of the students.  Admit it, we have tons of subjects in school where we all asked, at one point, “Why the hell do I need to learn all of this?  I will never have use for this in the future.” so I guess this book can be pretty helpful.

Lastly, Bernice shared three books:  The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch which was in an old and numbered Penguin edition, Young Man With A Horn by Dorothy Baker, also of the same Penguin print (it’s loosely referenced to the life  story of jazz trumpet player Bix Beiderbecke, whoever he was), and a children’s book titled Sir Small and the Dragonfly by Jane O’Connor (this children’s book’s font is so huge, I’m not kidding if I say I think it’s around point 30.  Bernice said it’s one of her most favorite childhood stories.

It was a fun session that was made more interesting by all the roti pratas with curry sauce and condensed milk (dipped not at the same time!).  For next month, we agreed to troop to Eton Centris (I’m hoping Zong will be open by then — or is it already?) for our book session. 🙂

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