Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.

This week’s book:

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay


Blurb from Goodreads

A coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder.

Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte’s war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story.

Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth — and the part he played in it.

Why I Want to Read It

I picked up this book on one of my random (or not so random) trips to the bookstore last year. I was intrigued by the subject which is rather relevant in the current situation of the Philippines, particularly from 2016 to 2018 when the country was ravaged by the current administration’s so-called “war on drugs”. I do have my own reservations about this very controversial “war” and its intentions so this book immediately piqued my interest.

Being that I have commenced another Asian Literature month (for the third consecutive year), it is but fitting to include this book in my April reading list. This is on top of the fact that I have made reading at least two works written by Filipino writers as part of my 2020 reading resolutions and goals. But if there is something about Filipino writers, I  tend to be more meticulous when reading their works. I scrutinize Filipino works more than I do with other writers. Hmmm. Nonetheless, this book is really promising.