when in a world of discontent, immerse in reading

due to my condition (and dire circumstances consequential to such condition), i am compelled to read more. not that the rate by which i devour books is impressive by any standard, but i don’t think i have moved from one book to the next with hardly any gaps before. although, i have always been very fond of literature.

like i mentioned in a previous entry, this must be my current form of escape. my source of vicarious pleasure. while working in a thankless environment, while waiting for my fortunes to shift.

since july, i have finished the following books (in order of favorite):

1./2. The Remedy, Michelle Lovric
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perhaps i am biased towards period works, especially those that involve voluminous garments, miles and miles of lace, layers and layers of extraordinary smells, and a myriad of textures as only i can imagine. i like it even more that the story moves from one flamboyant city to another. and i love the love between the two main characters.

1./2. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
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it’s a circus tale. and you know how such stories can only either be childishly effervescent or disturbingly peculiar. this one is neither. because it’s a toil, travel and business story too. replete with the multicolors of the bizarre and the beautiful.

3. Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs
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(see previous entry on subject book)

4. Silent to the Bone, E.L. Konigsburg
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it’s not bad. in fact, it’s quite engaging. i am a huge konigsburg fan after all. but after from the mixed-up files of mrs. basil e. frankweiler and the view from saturday, her two newbery-awarded books, i must say i was expecting to feel the same amount of elation and triumph in the end. thus the slight disappointment.

5. The Pirate’s Daughter, Robert Girardi
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i wasn’t entertained. for some reason, it’s sensual tones was quite unsettling for me. and the imagery were a little overkill. not very believable, granting this isn’t fantasy nor magical realism. but i finished it anyway.

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