Required Reading: May 2014

It's the merry month of May! (well, at least I hope it's going to be merry) Here's how I fared for the April Required Reads:

1. The Alienist by Caleb Carr - (4/5 stars) A little bit dragging but I still enjoyed it. It's Victorian CSI meets Sherlock.

2. We Live In Water by Jess Walters - (5/5 stars) It's sad and funny and heartbreaking and bleak and witty...I was very happy about this short story collection.

3. If On a Winter's Night A Italo Calvino - (3/5 stars) Until now, I am not sure how I will manage to churn out a review for this loony book. All I can say, for now, is that it was a unusual reading experience.

4. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed - Unfinished. I am about 80% in. It's pretty good though.

May 2014 Required Reads:

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1. To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf - Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf? Me. But I promised myself that this will be the year to try new genres.  And since this is TFG's book of the month, I thought what better way to try my first Modernist Literature than with a little help from friends? So there is nothing left for me to say but: "To the Lighthouse!" (to the tune of: "To the Batcave!")

Fables Vol. 30 (Image from FablesWiki)
2. Fables by Bill Willingham, art by Mark Buckingham (Volumes 30-35)  - I thought this would be the perfect time to get back to this series and pair with the tough read I have above. It's about these various fairy tale characters who were forced to leave their homeland and situate themselves in a new community in New York, called Fabletown. It's a great series, very addictive.

And that is all. May your "May" be bright and merry! Bow. 


  1. I'll be joining you in saying "To the Lighthouse!" Hehe. This would be my first Postmodern novel too.

  2. Yay! Lezgo to d'lighthouse, eh? A minor correction though. It's modernist literature. Postmodern literature is different (If on a Winter's Night a Traveler is an example). And so is post-postmodern (couldn't think of any example because I seriously don't know how to distinguish this).

    1. Ack! You're right! Edited it already. I was still thinking of If on a Winter's Night a Traveler when I wrote this post earlier. (Palusot lang.) But I didn't know there's a post-postmodern though. Interesting.

  3. Haha! I remember when I picked my copy of To The Lighthouse off the shelf, and when my husband asked me what it was, I said with a flourish, "To the lighthouse!" with, perhaps, the very same intonation you've just described. :D

    1. Hahaha! You really cannot resist not saying it in that intonation right? :D


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