29 June 2014

For Anyone Who's Equally Frustrated As I Am

I'm one of the people who prefer to read her books in their actual form rather than buy their online counterparts. I enjoy going to the book store, reading the synopses at the back of the books written by authors whom I look up to, inspecting the cover designs, and finally settling with a book or two (or sometimes, the entire collection) which I'll instantly snick my nose into the moment I arrive home. It sounds simple but the process of selecting a book entails at least 30 minutes (except when I'm already hellbent in buying a certain title) as I believe, or would want to believe rather, that I'm a picky reader - not exactly a snob as I can practically read anything as long as the plot is interesting. Again, notice that 'interesting' is dictated by my moods. After all, just like everyone else, I read because it's the easiest form of escape. Temporary it may be, but it's in those few hours of immersing into the literary world that I see sense of what my next step would be. Normally, I read two different novels simultaneously. I categorize based on the number of pages, not on whether I think the author is an easy-read or his/her works are esoteric. Although to be fair, there are instances where I give certain authors a try because only a handful of readers actually read and digest their ideas appreciatively. As what Haruki Murakami (I've read his Norwegian Wood and 1Q84) said, 

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Currently, I'm reading Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Murakami's Kafka on the Shore. I'm reading the former because I enjoyed Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, with all its freaky ghost family, underground syndicate, and its awesome name for the protagonist - Nobody - while I decided to make the latter my 3rd Murakami novel because any story that alludes to Kafka interests me. 'Kafkaesque' has been one of the terms I sporadically dropped in my essays in my Great Works class in college.  

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Romper: Topshop | Blazer: H&M | Necklace: Aldo | Shoes: BCBG

I've been sidetracked from what I initially intended this post to be about. What the authors write in their dedications, that is. This page has always been the first thing I look for in every book that I take home with me. Sometimes I laugh because of the funny anecdote; in other times I swoon over the sweet nothings. Here are a few of the notable dedications:

"Aina, I love you, will you marry me?" - Peter Leeson's The Invisible Hook: the Hidden Economics of Pirates

"To Beatrice: darling, dearest, dead."
"For Beatrice: my love for you shall live forever. You, however, will not."
"For Beatrice: dead women tell no tales. Sad men write them down."
- Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

"To all my enemies, I will destroy you." - Frankie Boyle's My Shit Life So Far

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Farrar & Rinehart
Simon & Schuster
Limited Editions
Harcourt, Brace
Random House
Equinox Press
Smith & Haas
Viking Press
- E.E. Cummings' No Thanks

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"Dedicated to the strongest person I know: me" - Babe Walker's Psychos: A White Girl Problems

"Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. By order of the author." - Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

"To my continuity girl" Mark Haddon's A Spot of Bother

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This is what I wore when I attended my second cousin Ysabella's dedication. She's in the country for her baptism but a week later, she and her parents went back to Australia. Should everything be in order, perhaps I'd see her again this coming September. Anyway. I figured there'll be plenty of kids aside from the event having been held during summer so I wore bright colors. Around 8PM, I hurriedly changed my blazer into a black cardigan and my heels into flats to follow to my friend Jeanne dela Rosa's birthday celebration. 

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with my 2nd cousin Sofia
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these crazy people!

What I lack in the number of posts, hopefully I get to make up for it through my lengthy ones :)

Dedications found HEREHEREHERE

1 comment:

  1. Really enjoyed this post! I love Murakami books so much. I've read four? five? and just bought a new one! Also, really enjoyed reading all of the book quotes!

    Great post & Haaappy Summer!
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