Category: Currently Reading

Currently Reading: Duterte Harry

Here’s a journal entry I wrote yesterday about a book I am currently reading, Duterte Harry by Jonathan Miller. This is such an important subject to us as Filipinos, and I feel that the issues raised by the writer are worth taking a closer look into. The book showed a lot of promise, but I must admit that many of the things he wrote especially towards the end are repetitive. It seems a bit rushed and could have used better editing and polishing up. In any case, it’s a very interesting read and offers good insight into the current president of the Philippines and the cult of personality surrounding him.

Book Hangover! Monsoon Mansion.

I’m relieved to finally have some time to journal last night. The new year opened with a lot of challenges and I’m only beginning to catch my breath. Here’s a journal entry about a memoir that I recently read called Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes. At first I had a hard time getting into the tone of the book. The language felt off, like the dialogues don’t sound like something kids would say. If you stay with the book, though, her writing style shapes up and begins to make sense. There’s so much about this book that really resonated with me. Some of it reminded me of my own childhood challenges, and a lot of it reminded me of my mom’s. Except that she was born into privilege and money. There are so many things to unpack and uncover in this novel. This journal spread actually couldn’t cover everything that I wanted to write about it, so I’ll probably make a second one. I’m going to write this up as one of my favorite memoirs. Review to follow soon-ish.

Pens in the photo: Lamy 2000 (inked with Platinum Carbon Black) and Franklin Christoph Model 02 (inked with J. Herbin Rouge Hematite)

Currently Reading: The Greatest Story Ever Told

I’m currently reading this book I bought from Biblio a few weeks back. It’s a retelling of the story of Jesus Christ. I just started this yesterday so I’m just in the first few chapters, but I cannot help but fall in love with the story all over again. It is, after all, the story that changed my life. I grew up in Sunday School but I honestly didn’t really get to know Jesus until I was well into my late 20’s. It always felt like something passed on from my parents, since I didn’t have a choice about it when I was young. As any Sunday School-raised child will eventually find out, your faith is something personal. For me, even if I grew up hearing about Jesus, it would take a long time before I took a good, hard look into what I really believed in. It was a long journey to come into my own faith, and the more I probe and explore it, the deeper it grows.

This is an interesting take on the story of Jesus, and while it may take a few artistic liberties (as the author acknowledged), it points the reader back to the Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.