Last Saturday, I unusually woke up early for the Christmas Party with the Goodreads people. I love them so much that I want to be early because I have to leave early (I have another party to attend down the South. Crazy, I know!). We had the informal party at Eton Centris where we ate lunch and enjoyed introducing ourselves (*waves at newbies*).
We had lunch at Pho Hoa but I ended eating waffles because I don’t like to eat vegetables for lunch. I wasn’t able to finish the waffles, too. (Haha! I was too tensed to eat that time. Friends are teasing me to someone! Haha!)
Best books read for 2011 (not in order!)
1. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – made me teary-eyed, broke my heart into pieces.
2. Pillars of The Earth by Ken Follett – DO I HAVE TO EXPLAIN WHY
3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Hee <3
4. The Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fforde – Explanation not needed lol
5. 1984 by George Orwell – Very dystopian!
6. Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
7. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey – CREEPY! Yancey’s prose alone creeps the hell out of me.
8. Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Justin – It’s like Wizard of Oz x Alice in Wonderland adventure.
9. Paper Towns by John Green – The book slapped me realizations relevant to my life.
10. Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini – BECAUSE I LOVE HARLEY QUINN, OKAY?
Addendum: 11. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick – I just read it and man, I AM LOST FOR WORDS. I love how Selznick made my imagination fly with the moon and the stars.
Worst Books read for 2011
1. I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore – For real, the writing is horrible, the romance is forced, the story is ridiculous. No offense to fans
2. Dopple Ganger Chronicles: Volume 1 by G.P. Taylor – Seriously, what’s the point of the story? The escape?
3. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – It’s good sana but it lost me when the mystery was revealed.
4. Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy – Not realistic, IDK. hehe
5. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk – The prose is beautiful but the story annoyed me too much.
6. Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan – I just don’t like it. Maybe I expected too much after reading the Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (which I really love).
(but the books I mentioned during the party was Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (best), Choke by Chuck Palahniuk (worst) and I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (worst)).
It’s not yet the end of 2011 and I am not yet completed with my reading challenge, so this list is subjected to change :)
After that, we had GIFT-GIVING! I am overwhelm with the fact that I received BOOK gifts from friends. I feel so loved:
- I still have Tina‘s and Jzhun‘s gifts unopened because I will open them on Christmas.
- Sheryl is my Kris Kringle Mommy and I nearly cried when I excitedly opened the gift: Roland Barthes’ Lover’s Discourse! I’ve been wanting to have the books because Tin is raving about it on Twitter.
- The Sabriel by Garth Nix was given to me by Monique! My The Old Kingdom Trilogy by Garth Nix is now complete and it’s all TPB editions! Look at this.
- Star Wars Movies 1-7 DVD (not in the picture) from Aaron
- Faith keychain (not in the picture) from Kwesi
Before leaving that morning, my mother warned me on the number of book I plan to bring home. She said, no more free books because it is heavy to carry from North to South. So, I didn’t get any free books (also because I wasn’t able to join the games to win one) but I borrowed some:
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick from Monique (!!!)
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon from the Traveling Book (a tour with GR friends)
- Saving Francesca and Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta from Joyzi and Veneficus.
I was saddened because I have to leave early by 3PM because I have another party to attend to down the South. I missed the games but I am so happy to meet them again for a few hours. Until next time! I LOVE YOU, GUYS!
Photo Credit (GR-TFG group shot): Joyzi