The Reader

Hello! My name is Monique and welcome to my book blog.

Why blog? I blog about books simply because I love reading.

Why marginalia? marginalia was originally called Bookish Little Me. It featured a photo of my actual copy of The Wizard of Oz, my favorite book of all time.

On the second year of my blogging, the blog underwent a total makeover and I re-christened it marginalia to show that these "reviews" are essentially marginal notes albeit published on an online platform.

Early years. My love affair with books began at an early age. I was in grade school when I stumbled upon a hardbound edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum in our home library. I took it from the shelf, sat down to read, and the rest, as the cliche goes, is history.

Here and now. My preference in reading materials has evolved over the years to become eclectic - I read practically everything. I prefer fiction to non-fiction, though.

Favorite authors. In no particular order: David Mitchell, Jhumpa Lahiri, Kazuo Ishiguro, Neil Gaiman, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Jeffrey Eugenides, Junot Diaz, Anne Rice, Khaled Hosseini, Yann Martel, Eleanor Catton. 

Book club. I am an active member of the Goodreads-based book club, The Filipino Group (TFG) since 2010. Come join us?

Oh, and also. I am a government lawyer, wife to a litigation lawyer slash high fantasy purist, and mother to tweener who's currently into K-pop and a toddler who is obsessed with all manner of toy vehicles.


  • This blog contains annotations, reactions, and mere opinions regarding the books that I've read. It's nomenclature, but I prefer not to call them reviews, in the strict sense of the word. My views and opinions on books that I have read, as published here, are solely and completely my own.
  • Should my readers find either grammatical or typographical errors in my posts, I will welcome the discreet correction but I would appreciate it more if it could simply be overlooked or disregarded. Thank you for your understanding and discretion.



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