Library Haul

Where I End & Where You Begin by Preston Norton | Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan | The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan | Hold My Hand by Michael Barakiva | How (Not) to Ask A Boy to Prom by S.J. Goslee | Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay | Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer | Lie With Me by Philippe Besson

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to postpone buying books until Christmas. And while it hasn’t worked for me before, this time, I found some reinforcements in the form of my library card. I’ve always been intimidated to go to my library. I mean, I’ve borrowed audiobooks, sure. But never physical copies. Well, now I can’t seem to stop. And I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before considering I’ve been hoarding books all my life and never once did I ever consider actually borrowing from the library before deciding to keep them.

I’m in absolute booknerd heaven. Surprisingly enough, I have managed to read four out these books, and have enjoyed them all:

  • Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer 4/5 Stars
  • Lie with Me by Philippe Besson 3/5 Stars
  • How (not) to Ask a Boy to Prom by S.J. Goslee 4/5 Stars
  • Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay 5/5 Stars

Patron Saints of Nothing was an eye-opener. As a Filipino, this book resonated with me more than usual. And while I haven’t lived in the Philippines for 20-something years, I still hear news about my country from time to time. I love how Randy tackled the drug war, extrajudicial killings, and the feeling of being a foreigner in your own country. I think that’s one of the reasons how this book got to me. Because even if I was born there and lived there for half of my life, it felt like I was in an ill-fitting suit. But I’m going to talk about this more once I recover from this book.

That’s my sort of update for now. Work hasn’t died down, so I’m going to try my hardest to check up on your blogs soon!

Thank you for reading, y’all!

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