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Talkfest Thursday: Spoilers

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The first time that I ever came face to face with a spoiler was about that time when the 6th Happy Potter installment came out. I asked my friend if I could borrow his copy. He, of course, obliged and brought it when we had one of our occasional group lunches at a semi-fancy place. As he handed it over to me, one of my other friends blurted out: "The Half-Blood Prince is (insert name here)." She did not do it to be mean or anything. She is just a spaz like that. But my face collapsed, along with my heart. She realized the gravity of her words and profusely apologized. Heck she continues to do so until now, whenever we remember that particular incident. 
#SPOILERALERT
Over the years, I realize that different people have different attitudes towards spoilers. I have this other friend who is into the habit of going directly to the book's last chapters. "Why do you do that?" I asked. "I want to know if the ending is good enough for me to warrant reading the whol…

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

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Summary from Goodreads:

In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance — beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys's claim to Westeros forever.

Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone — a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not o…

Owl Post!

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It's been about three weeks since my last blog post. I haven't been reading a lot too. And I haven't been getting that much sleep the past few days either. Just last night, I was tossing and turning. I have this particular tendency to worry about one stupid thing and another, right when I am about to sleep. Let's just say I am going through some changes at work and at home, and mulling over said changes has been occupying much of my time. 

I was out last night, hence, I wasn't around when a certain owl post arrived at my doorstep. It was only today when I saw the package on my table. Naturally, I ripped it open before doing anything else. Naturally, I was so happy that I have forgotten that I am feeling particularly terrible today even for just a brief moment.

To The Filipino Goodreads Group, the coolest bunch of people that I happen to have come across! To think that I initially meant myself to just be a lurker! But your energy is just hard to resist, I had to join…

Required Reading: March 2014

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Oh, February. You came and went, in a blur of red cardboard cutouts of hearts and winged babies poised to maim you with their arrows. But I am happy to report that I came out of February, unscathed. It was a good month and before I blabber more nonsense, onto business...     

February 2014 Required Reading Report:

1. What We talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver - (4/5 stars) It takes little getting used to, but I ultimately found the stories to carry much weight even in their simplicity. Plus, I really enjoyed the online discussion questions and activities we had over at TFG Group, in honor of it being the club's book of the month.

2. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare - (4/5 stars) Verbal sparring at it's funniest and finest, with a plot that's outrageous and properly theatrical.    

3. Cover (Story) Girl by Chris Mariano - (4/5 stars) Light and sweet. Quick and easy. 

March 2014 Required Reads:
March will be about making more progress with the self-i…