Monday, March 27, 2017

Currently reading one letter from Isa Garcia's Found every morning and it's just... it's so good? Like, she tells me stuff I never knew I needed to hear and I actually feel like she's telling me personally and I thought I would be uncomfortable reading the letters about God but they were super comforting and I was more uncomfortable reading about love and anyway... I love this book and I'm not even halfway through.

Found: Letters on Love, Life, and God by Isa Garcia, illustrated by Crae Achacoso:

Isa Garcia believes that everybody deserves love letters. She wrote these letters in Found for you: the girl who has been feeling a bit lost; the girl who likes to run from pain; the girl who is ready to go; the girl who is a lot of things at one time or another. Isa knows that there are days when you would need to be reminded that you matter, you are not alone, and the world is a far better place with you in it.
In this book, may you find a friend who takes you as you are, a safe space for your secret hopes and fears, and the assurance that no matter where you are in your life right now, you will always be found. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Shelf Control: Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Canor

Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! Fore more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post by Lisa of Bookshelf Fantasies, here.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find matter where we live.

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

How I got it: I needed a certain amount in accumulated receipts to get a bookstore discount card and I was within P500 ($10, I guess) of the amount and this was the last book I bought for the card.
When I got it: Yesterday.
Why I want to read it: I've been hearing great things about the Welcome to Night Vale podcast for years (and have enjoyed the fanart greatly) but couldn't get into podcasts. More of a visual person, I guess, so I jumped at the chance to join the fandom in a way I was used to. 

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This meme/link-up is hosted by Taking on a World of Words
What are you currently reading?

Found by Isa Garcia is lovely; I'm savoring it by reading a letter a day. 

What did you recently finish reading?

Some more unusual books (for my usual taste) I read were The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith (nonfiction/decorating, It Doesn't Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful), About the Size of It by Warwick Cairns (The Common Sense Approach to Measuring Things), and To Be Or Not To Be by Ryan North (a choose-your-own-adventure Hamlet retelling). 

I also read three Filipino books: Alternative Alamat (reimagined Philippine mythology), Shine by Candy Gourlay, and Don't Tell My Mother by Brigitte Bautista (the first book I've read about LGBT issues and religious issues in a coming-of-age setting).

What do you think you'll read next?
After Found I think I'm going to resume reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
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