I was randomly browsing my Reader Feed. Then I came across a very interesting book tag through Sarah @ The Bibliophagist. Not only was the book tag interesting, it is very timely. Presenting to you the Stuck at Home Book Tag! This one suits me as I’ve been stuck at home since mid-March. Despite the loosening of lock down initiatives, my company opted to have its employees work from home indefinitely. It has its pros and cons but one thing is for sure, I am stuck at home for the time being, or until such time that things normalize. But in this time of uncertainty, no one is sure when things will stabilize.

Before I go on further, let’s do this book tag!


 RULES

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

1. WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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With a little under 70 pages left, I am nearly done with William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! Touted as his best work, this one is quite a challenging read. Faulkner has a very rich but complex storytelling technique. Thankfully, unlike The Sound and the Fury, this one was not written in the colloquial. I am hoping I finish this tonight or if not, tomorrow morning.

2. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE “CAN’T-LEAVE-THE-HOUSE” ACTIVITY?

Maybe reading. Sometimes writing. These are the only activities that pin me home. Ah, watching Korean variety shows. Haha. Lately, I’ve been discovering more and more interesting Korean variety shows and they’re keeping me from doing other things. To be fair, I am not the type to leave the house frequently. Unless there is something urgent I have to do outside or I want to stretch, then you’ll probably find me at home.

3. A BOOK YOU’VE BEEN MEANING TO READ FOR FOREVER

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I have a lot of books I’ve been meaning to read actually. Over the years, I have piled books I’ve wanted to read but Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way is the one that was left unread the longest. I was meant to read it last year but held off the idea. I wanted to complete the entire series first before I start reading. I am one book less now so I guess it is time to immerse in this French masterpiece.

4. AN INTIMIDATING BOOK ON YOUR TBR

I have a lot of books in my TBR that daunt me. However, these two stand out. I have read a couple of Steinbecks already but they were usually short, like Cannery Row, The Pearl, and Of Mice and Men. The Grapes of Wrath is four or five times longer than these ones. Moreover, this is considered to be one of his best works. On the other hand, Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow is already making me feel flustered. The mere mention of the reclusive author’s name is enough to evoke such thoughts. Three reasons this book intimidate me – a) I haven’t read any Pynchon before; b) it is lengthy; and c) it was written by Thomas Pynchon.

5. TOP 3 PRIORITY BOOKS ON YOUR TBR

Hmmm. Priorities. I really don’t have a set Top 3 priority books. As I’ve mentioned, I’ve piled quite a lot of books and every book for me is a priority (I don’t want that TBR pile to grow longer).

These three books, however, stand out. I am really really interested in reading them. Patrick Suskind’s Perfume has long been the object of my literary curiosity because of its plot. That title does well in arousing anyone’s curiosity. Roberto Bolano’s The Savage Detectives is one of the 1,001, Books You Must Read Before You Die and I have never read any of his works before.

Then there’s the Dame of the Caribbean, Maryse Conde, who I only heard of for the first time during the lead up to the Nobel Prize in Literature lottery. Her books sound exciting and exotic. I think I have read just one Caribbean work. I am actually on the hunt for more of her works; I heard she was quite the prolific wirte.r

6. RECOMMEND A SHORT BOOK

Both books are less than 250 pages. At 182 pages, and 210 pages respectively, Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist and Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie are thought-provoking works yet they’re easy to the eyes because they’re both quite short and quick reads.

7. RECOMMEND A LONG BOOK

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At nearly 700 pages long, Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities is quite a lengthy read. But it was fine because I love plots that take time to develop and this was one of them. I read this when I was in college but memories of its wit and satire are still stuck with me. It had everything and what made it stand out is that it breaks from the mold. I want to read it again, but only when I manage to reduce my TBR pile to single digit. HAHAHA.

8. SOMETHING YOU’D LOVE TO DO WHILE STUCK AT HOME

There are a lot of things I want to do while I am stuck at home. Here’s a list of them:

  • Reduce my writing backlog. I currently have a lot of travel pieces and book reviews that are still to be started and completed. On the travel pieces, I started ticking off some items already.
  • Read more books. As I have mentioned, I have quite a very long TBR list (I think it is over 200 already, and this is just physical copies), so it is imperative that I reduce this list. I made quite a progress as I have read over 20 books so far.
  • Learn more Korean words. Since I am hooked with KPop, I want to learn more Korean words. The ultimate goal is to be able to speak Korean fluently. I can read Hangul but I don’t know what the words mean most of the time. I am starting with memorizing and understanding Korean song lyrics.

9. WHAT DO YOU PLAN ON READING NEXT?

For June, I am planning to do an American literature month. I have already read Kathryn Stockett’s The Help and I am currently reading Absalom, Absalom! I am planning to read Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and then capping the month of with The Grapes of Wrath and Gravity’s Window. Quite a tall and ambitious task if you ask me.


As has been customary, I am opting not to tag anyone in particular. However, if this book tag interests you, then please go ahead and consider yourself tagged. Please don’t forget to tag me so that I can see your answers as well. Stay home and keep safe everyone! And as always, enjoy reading!