Summer reads 2014

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By Regina May Cajucom

Serendipity Couch

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


SUMMER is upon us, in my book the best season ever, where you do not need a valid excuse for being idle and relaxed, and just waste away in your special couch watching movies, tv series or the best option: experiencing other lives and travelling through other worlds and times through good (or great) reads. I was kind of annoyed to hear that the Philippines technically does not have a "summer" season since we don't have winter, but please allow us some artistic-literary license to say "I love summer", "Here comes summer", etc., because it just wouldn't feel, look, sound good to say "Yay! Here comes the dry season!", "I love the dry season", "I can't wait for the dry season..." That just seems all wrong.

Anyway it's time to give a rundown of fab reads for the summer, as we always do every year, but this time by genre (and some titles you might want to check out). Here you go:

Wanderlust reads. Reading gives you the privilege of learning about the culture and lifestyle in other places you have yet to see. Pick up some great reads that may either be non-fiction (straight-up travel books, if you may) or fiction (which allows for BOTH travel, a little imagination and probably A LOT of drama). Get lost in streets you can vividly "see" through the pages or some feast you can almost taste and smell (like café au lait in the streets of Paris). Eat, Pray, Love is my bet for this genre although if you are a bookaholic you have no doubt read this already. Check out Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Cheryl Strayed, 2012), the author's memoir on travel and soul-searching.

Back to classics. I just finished reading The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925), which I undertook to read before watching Leo's movie adaptation. I didn't like it. That is quite a confession coming from an English major who was supposed to have read all of 'em classics, but yes, I hated it. It's boring, and overrated. I am bent on reading One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1927) once more, just to see if I will appreciate it more if it's being read not for a Hum1 paper but I'm quite troubled by my bestie Manny's comment that at the rate we're going we shouldn't re-read books we already read because there are loads of great reads out there, and there is not enough time. Anyway, I am giving the movie a chance to redeem the book. Seldom happens, but hey, wonders never cease.

YA reads. Currently my favorite genre. Call it senility, immaturity, whatever: I don't need a justification, or an acceptable reason (quoting Papa Piolo), I just love the YA novels I've read so far. Google the following titles: the trilogy The Lunar Chronicles (new-age adaptation of fairy tales with twisted twists; Marissa Meyer, 2012 onwards); This is What Happy Looks Like (Jennifer E. Smith, 2013) or Just One Day (Gayle Forman, 2013). They are fun, light reads (with *sighs* in between). My current read is another YA fiction, Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell, 2013) recommended by my beloved YA junkie of a daughter, Kayla. She knows me too well.

More next week. Enjoy reading!

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Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 03, 2014.

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