The A-Z Reading Challenge

Islandhopper or Ihop introduced a new reading challenge on Shelfari.com meant especially for those who are guilty of hoarding books yet can’t find time to read (was she talking about me? hehe).
One rule is that for every letter in the alphabet, you have to pick one author that you haven’t read yet and get to know him/her. And you have to finish everything on your list in a year’s time.
Sounds cool, right? I know you want to join in on the fun so click here. 😀

my author picks

I miss some letters, you say? Well, that’s because I’m forbidden to acquire more books until we could get our house in order. 😦
In a few weeks, we would be moving temporarily somewhere else and most of my books are safely stowed in a box ready to be hauled as soon as we have to go. The books mentioned above are the only ones I have within easy reach. But I still have a year anyway to complete this challenge so who knows? I might be able to find the “missing” authors just in time. 🙂

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Ihop blogs about this here.
You can check out I Flip Pages from my sidebar under La Book-aracha.

Image above features fonts downloaded from various internet sources.
Collage © Pachuvachuva, 2010.

To join said challenge, please register on Shelfari first by clicking on here.

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Devouring

The finals week had me running on constant nervous energy that I wasn’t able to fully concentrate on the lessons and review materials I prepared much less to read a non-textbook. Even days after that grueling period, still I wasn’t able to get back into a good reading groove not until I was able to submit all the teachers’ respective class requirements and get some good nights sleep. So now that I’m playing the waiting game (for finals grade plus the results of the entrance test to masters class), I want to enjoy every minute of it with what else but reading.

The TBR grew considerably despite my supposed “aversion” from books during that time (Booksale Emall is just a few blocks away from school so what can I say? :P). Crossing my fingers I’d get to devour these new ones along with those already in the list (see The Pile) before the year ends or I’d get non-stop cries of “you’re always buying books yet you can’t even finish them coz you’re too busy doing other stuff.” Some people can be quite, er, frank. Hehehe

    bumping up books in my tbr
    Bumped Up in the TBR:

  1. Witch-in-Training (The Broomstick Collection)Maeve Friel – currently reading
  2. Cleopatra’s DaughterMichelle Moran – won a fab hardbound copy from Fiction Does It Better and just got it last week so I can’t wait to read this (thank you Michelle and Issa 🙂 )
  3. The Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins – a friend got me a hardbound copy as an early Christmas gift so will read this as soon as I can..might even grab a copy of Catching Fire after this
    …(actually just today, i got the 2nd book of The Hunger Games series also as an early xmas gift…super happy..thank you, thank you, thank you very much :D)
  4. Suite FrançaiseIrene Némirovskymooched this copy from Shelfari friend maydayeve
  5. IcelanderDustin Long
  6. Olive’s OceanKevin Henkes
  7. The Secret Life of BeesSue Monk Kidd
  8. Coffee and Kung FuKaren Brichoux
  9. Love in the Time of TaffetaEugénie Olson
  10. The Marriage BedRegina McBride
  11. The Curse of the Singles TableSuzanne Schlosberg
  12. The Southern Belles of the Honeysuckle WayLinda Bruckheimer
  13. Tender at the BoneRuth Reichl
  14. Bergdorf BlondesPlum Sykes
  15. The Book of SaltMonique Truong
  16. The Interpretation of MurderJed Rubenfeld
  17. A Woman’s PlaceLynn Austin

I’m currently re-reading The Hunger Games (was able to finish it last weekend) and since my addiction to the series is becoming stronger, will start on Catching Fire soon. 😉
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Image taken last night using a Canon Powershot A480 in our dining area on top of our dark narra wooden table. © Pachuvachuva, 2009.
The softbound books featured here are products of my endless hours of poring over bargain books at Booksale. They should give me a Christmas gift or something for being such a loyal customer. Hehe
I picked the cute stuffed toy from a flea market in Colon St. Think she should have a name? 😉
Not in the picture is Moran’s Cleopatra’s Daughter and Collins’ The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Will dedicate separate blog entries for those. ^_^

A Bookish Meme

So glad to be back writing after that week-long vacation (will blog about that soon). Today’s post is a bookish meme from the Book Blogger Appreciation Week, which, by the way, officially started on the 14th.

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?

Yes. Chocolates, chips, or any chichirya available.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

Not really especially if I just borrowed it from a friend. But sometimes I leave stuff inside books like receipts or any scrap of paper I’ve been doodling on that I also happened to have used as a bookmark.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?

Dog-ears when no bookmark is available.

bbaw bookish meme
Genie in a bookmark. I got this one in grade school as a freebie from an ice cream product and since then, it’s been one of my favorites.

Laying the book flat open?

As much as possible no.

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?

Fiction most of the time

Hard copy or audiobooks?

Hard copy

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?

Able to put down the book at any point.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?

No. I’ll wait til I can google it.

What are you currently reading?

What is the last book you bought?

In the plural form, actually. 😀

From National Bookstore – Harrison Plaza, Malate

From Booksale – Harrison Plaza, Malate

From Booksale – Emall, Cebu City

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?

I can read several at a time but only when I’m not raring to finish a particular book.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?

Usually in the mornings when I’m riding a jeepney on the way to work.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?

Doesn’t matter although it takes time for me to get used to an author’s new book/series if I have already been following his previous works.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?

Nothing in particular..well, maybe the Artemis Fowl series (but I’ve read Eoin Colfer’s The Supernaturalist yet I don’t find it as good as the AF).

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)

If you can call haphazardly lumping them in piles “arranging”, then that’s how I arrange my books. Hehehe

So there’s my bookish meme. Hope you enjoyed it. ^_^
Special mention to Memory on Stella Matutina from whose post I’ve first read about this. Thanks. 😉
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The Genie bookmark was scanned then edited in Adobe Photoshop using brushes downloaded from the Internet.
Aladdin and all other related insignia are property of Disney.