Friday, August 1, 2014

To The Lighthouse

by Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf is one of those authors whose works I’ve wanted to read for the longest time, but for some reason, I have never managed to. Woolf's reputation precedes her: we all know that she had nervous breakdowns, attempted suicide once, and eventually succeeded (don’t we all know that?). So when our book club chose To The Lighthouse as the book for the month of May under the theme modernist literature, I was beyond thrilled.


To The Lighthouse follows the story of the Ramsays, a family of ten vacationing in their home, Isle of Skye, overlooking the water and the Lighthouse beyond. It is also the story of young artist Lily Briscoe, the Ramsays’ guest; Charles Tansley, Mr. Ramsay’s protégé, and; William Bankes, a family friend. Their stories are intertwined and framed in a novel divided into three parts, with the first part covering the duration of an afternoon, the second one spanning ten years, and the last one transpiring – again – in a single afternoon.

To The Lighthouse is written in the stream of consciousness narrative style which, I must admit, was difficult to get into. At least in the beginning. I had trouble holding on to an initial thought as subsequent ideas meandered and threatened to shake me out of focus. There were entire paragraphs which I read through without understanding a word, and so I had to read it again, a second or third time, slowly, before finally comprehending.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Happy 3rd, marginalia!

Today, marginalia is officially 3 years old.

Happy birthday, my dear little corner in the blogiverse! Here's a cupcake for us. :)


And, the winner of the bloggy birthday giveaway is... drumroll please?


Congratulations to my fellow book club member, Meliza! Expect to hear from me soon. :) To all those who joined, thank you, as well. It was fun knowing which are your favorite books for the first half of the year. :)

Cheers to more years of books, book write-ups, and all manner of bookish adventures! :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Spark Project [14]: Janus


The Spark Project is a semi-regular blog feature where a reader and/or book blogger is invited to talk about that one book that sparked his/her interest in books and reading. He/She will tell us about the what-when-where-why-and-how of this topic, how his/her reading habits have evolved since encountering that book, and so on. Wouldn't it be fun and interesting as well to know how a fellow book lover discovered the wonderful world of books? :)

Featured today on The Spark Project: JANUS

Janus is not only one of the prettiest faces on The Filipino Group at Goodreads, but she is also a voracious reader - with a special liking for the young adult (YA) genre - and an uber-talented computer graphics artist. She recently tied the knot with the love of her life, and I'm thankful that she found the time to write something for The Spark Project. Oh, and she loves dogs, too. :D


(1) What is the one book that sparked or kindled your love for reading? Describe the circumstances in which you found or discovered it.

When I am often asked this question before, the easiest answer I could give, without any further details, were Archie Comics. But the more I think about this matter, I’d have to say there was more than one book that sparked my love for reading. Whoops! I’m such a cheater, but hear me out.

This is going to sound really silly, but the first EVER book that I read all by myself was Macmillan Very First Dictionary: A Magic World of Words. I am not kidding. I know! It’s not even a novel.



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bookmarks Galore [16]

My good friend from law school, Atty. Chai, went on a tour to the US a few months ago, and she brought me these lovely, lovely bookmarks from all the states she visited. I love them all, although my favorite is the sailboat and anchor bookmark from New York. :)

Here they are: eight bookmarks from the the United States. :)

The 3D bookmark from the "concrete jungle where dreams are made of" - NYC!

A 3D bookmark from Sacramento, the capital of the Golden State of California, depicting various USA landmarks.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bloggy Birthday Month + A Giveaway

While I was staring at my laptop last night, the browser open to this blog and my brain refusing to cough up a decent write-up for the next book on my "review" backlog, I realized something: it's my book blog's third year anniversary this month!

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Last year, I didn't do anything fancy to celebrate marginalia's second birthday. This year, I'm going to host a giveaway to celebrate - just because I want to. :p

On the comments section of this post, let me know which book is your favorite read for this year, so far, and in just one sentence, why. Just one book, okay? :)

Only one winner will be picked at midnight of July 26th, Philippine time - marginalia's 3rd bloggy birthday! The winner gets to pick any book (yes, any book at all, just one!) from The Book Depository and will be notified via this blog so yes, check back here on the 26th. :) Oh, and this giveaway is open to Philippine residents only. :)

Aren't bloggy birthdays fun? :D

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Required Reading 2014: July

The first half of the year is gone; time flies so fast, doesn't it? And as I take a look at the books I've read for the first six months of 2014, I realize that while I may not be reading as fast or devouring as many books as my peers, it's completely okay because wow, I've been picking up really, really good titles this year. With the exception of one, that is, but that's for another post.;)

Meanwhile, hello there, July, and welcome to the second half of the year!

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As per usual, before I present my reading list for the new month, here are the books I read the previous month, their respective ratings and one-liner reviews:

  • Independent People by Halldor Laxness - An epic tale of sheep, shepherds and their children, and Icelandic proportions. 4/5.
  • The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes - Repressed memories, forgotten past. 5/5.
  • The City & The City by China Mieville - The book club's book of the month. Breach! 5/5.
  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green - Teenage love, the Big C, and Tears. 4/5.

I'm so pleased to see those wonderful ratings - four- and five-starrers! I'm especially awed by The Sense of an Ending and The City & The City, even though they're from totally different genres. (Comprehensive notes to follow, heee.) It makes me optimistic that my July reads will be just as awesome.

Speaking of which, here they are:


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