04 December 2015

All books 2015

Life happened, hence the lesser frequency of book writing on this space. Life meant work and its attendant time trappings. So demanding I had to take a break from part-time night teaching in a local university. My apologies for my lack of interaction with friends and acquaintances in the blogosphere. I do continue to read posts from blogs I follow, sometimes days after bookmarking them. I manage to read every fascinating book review and posting even if I can't bring myself to comment. Unmitigated, I still manage to go into book buying sprees at stores and online. Constants, bookish habits, that endure.

I keep on reading whenever I can. Blog reviews, books, print and digital. Fifty-two books this year, and that is enough. A blessed year of distraction all in all. Considering that life meant also fatherhood for me for the first time. A baby daughter, now a couple of months old, is finding her way into the world. She reads the air with her inquisitive eyes. She wakes up into a household of books. Soon she will open picture books, first chapters, and early chapters. And then young adult books the father was often not fond of. He will find himself browsing through shelves, catalogs, and collections not his usual fare. Some years and he will find The Tartar Steppe being interspersed with The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily. Mann's Joseph tetralogy broken by the volumes of Moomin.

Life. And he can't wait.

1. Kung Baga sa Bigas: Mga PilingTula (Just Like Rice Grains: Selected Poems) by Jose F. Lacaba

2. Light by Rob Cham

3. A Field Guide to the Roads of Manila and Other Stories by Dean Francis Alfar

4. Alinsunurang Awit (Attributed Songs) by Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles

5. Gagambeks at mga Kuwentong Waratpad (Gagambeks and Waratpad Stories) by Mark Angeles

6. Si Janus Sílang at ang Labanáng Manananggal-Mambabarang (Janus Sílang and the Manananggal-Mambabarang Showdown) by Edgar Calabia Samar

7. Climate Change: Evidence and Causes by The Royal Society and the US National Academy of Sciences

8. Guillermo Tell = Wilhelm Tell by Friedrich von Schiller, tr. José Rizal

9. Pitong Kuwento (Seven Stories) by Anton Chekhov, tr. Fidel Rillo

10. Ang Kuwintas at Iba Pang mga Kuwento (The Necklance and Other Stories) by Guy de Maupassant, tr. Allan N. Derain

11. Niyebe ng Kilimanjaro at Iba Pang Kuwento (The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories) by Ernest Hemingway, tr. Alvin C. Ursua

12. The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

13. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, tr. Samuel Moore

14. Ang Metamorposis by Franz Kafka, tr. Joselito D. Delos Reyes

15. Remember, Body... by C. P. Cavafy, tr. Avi Sharon

16. Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw (A Midsummer Night's Dream) by William Shakespeare, tr. Rolando S. Tinio

17. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

18. Ang Trahedya nina Romeo at Julieta by William Shakespeare, tr. Rolando S. Tinio

19. Reportage on Lovers by Quijano de Manila

20. But for the Lovers by Wilfrido D. Nolledo

21. The Global Warming Reader: A Century of Writing About Climate Change, ed. Bill McKibben

22. The Hand of the Enemy by Kerima Polotan

23. All the Conspirators by Carlos Bulosan

24. A Sorrow Beyond Dreams by Peter Handke, tr. Ralph Manheim

25. Poems of Rolando S. Tinio, Jose F. Lacaba & Rio Alma, tr. Robert Nery

26. Old Masters by Thomas Bernhard, tr. Ewald Osers

27. Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos, tr. Rosalind Harvey

28. The Story of the Night by Colm Tóibín

29. Commend Contend/Beyond, Extensions by Edith L. Tiempo

30. A Small Party in a Garden by Linda Ty-Casper

31. Understanding Human Ecology: A Systems Approach to Sustainability by Robert Dyball and Barry Newell

32. The Deleted World by Tomas Tranströmer, tr. Robin Robertson

33. Translations by Brian Friel

34. The Cloak of God by Rosario de Guzman Lingat, tr. Soledad S. Reyes

35. Tres by Roberto Bolaño, tr. Laura Healy

36. Campo Santo by W. G. Sebald, tr. Anthea Bell

37. The Death of Summer by Rosario de Guzman Lingat, tr. Soledad S. Reyes

38. Woman Running in the Mountains by Tsushima Yūko, tr. Geraldine Harcourt

39. Sa Kasunod ng 909 (Next to 909) by Edgar Calabia Samar

40. Trip to Tagaytay by Arnold Arre

41. The Bamboo Dancers by N.V.M. Gonzalez

42. Green Sanctuary by Antonio Enriquez

43. Ang Kapangyarihang Higit sa Ating Lahat (The Power Greater Than All of Us) by Ronaldo Soledad Vivo Jr.

44. Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn

45. Ang Mundong Ito ay Lupa (This World Is of the Earth) by Edgardo M. Reyes

46. Child of Fortune by Tsushima Yūko, tr. Geraldine Harcourt

47. Bullets and Roses: The Poetry of Amado V. Hernandez: A Bilingual Edition, tr. Cirilo F. Bautista

48. Pesoa by Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles

49. Trese: High Tide at Midnight by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo

50. Retrato ng Artista Bilang Filipino (A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino) by Nick Joaquín, tr. Bienvenido Lumbera

51. Kaaway (Enemies) by Maxim Gorky, tr. Bienvenido Lumbera

52. Diary of the War of the Pig by Adolfo Bioy Casares, tr. Gregory Woodruff and Donald A. Yates


Kung Baga sa Bigas: Mga Piling Tula
A Field Guide to the Roads of Manila and Other Stories
Alinsunurang Awit
Gagambeks at mga Kuwentong Waratpad
Si Janus Sílang at ang Labanáng Manananggal-Mambabarang
Climate Change: Evidence and Causes
Guillermo Tell = Wilhelm Tell
Pitong Kuwento
Ang Kuwintas at Iba Pang mga Kuwento
Niyebe ng Kilimanjaro at Iba Pang Mga Kuwento
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
The Communist Manifesto
Ang Metamorposis
Remember, Body...
Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw
Go Set a Watchman
Ang Trahedya nina Romeo at Julieta
Reportage on Lovers: A Medley of Factual Romances, Happy or Tragical, Most of Which Made News
But for the Lovers


  1. Rise - Warmest congratulations on becoming a father! With books mixing together in the way you've described above at home, that is going to be one fortunate youngster. I suspect that your time for blogging may continue to be a bit scarce for a while - say, 18 years or so - but a lot of us will be eagerly waiting to read your posts whenever they appear.

    1. Thank you, Scott. Blogging has become second nature for me to give it up. I will strive to share my reading whenever I can as certain good books often move us to celebrate their existence.

  2. I miss the frequency of your blogging, Rise, but I obviously have to forgive you for that given the magnitude of your big news. Congrats to you and your special lady on the birth of your daughter, and I look forward to the day when we hear tales of you reading Thomas Bernhard to the little reader-in-waiting! Other than that, what Scott says. Hope you have a wonderful end of the year. Cheers!

    1. Gods, Richard, that Bernhard storytelling would be a treat! Haha. Honestly, that line made me laugh. Thank you! And I'm reminded that our Austrian guy actually wrote a children's book (for all ages, it had to be said) so I may have something to report. Haha!

    2. I know someone whose babysitter used to read aloud to her from Naked Lunch when she was a tyke, so I say go ahead with the Bernhard bedtime stories.

  3. What an unusual book choice for storytelling sessions. Certainly something that expands a child's vocabulary. Haha!

  4. Many congratulations on the birth of your baby girl! No wonder things have been a little quieter on the blogging front. I loved the Moomins when I was a youngster - those books made their way around all the children in my family. :)

  5. Thanks, Jacqui! Tove Jansson is just a wonderful novelist so I'm excited on the Moomin. And quite certain the future youngster will be too.