Monday, April 04, 2005
trying to get back
I bought a book! I haven't bought myself a book in eons. For one thing, they've gotten mighty expensive. And well, recently I've just been riding on to other people's book budgets (aka borrowing).

We've actually developed quite a reading circle here in the P&G accounts room. It started with reminiscing about those Sweet Dreams pocketbooks... then how you move onto Nancy Drew... then you start increasing the page-threshold with romance novels by Judith McNaught - the (pre) teen girl's first encounter with you-know-what, outrageously and passionately detailed like a cookbook. Recounting the titles and authors, we decided to re-circulate those books for fun.

It seems to me, that for us in the reading circle (and maybe for you), Judith McNaught and the likes of her was the default first step to novel reading. It's one thing you'd giggle over with your friends (or maybe not) or hide from your parents and especially the nuns at school. Because just the cover is enough to send you to the administrator's office. The infamous "Knight in Shining Armor" by Jude Deveraux was actually my first book that went beyond the 150-page mark. My older cousin lent it to me, and ignoring that passionate artwork, it seemed like a logical step-up since by 5th grade I had already read the entire Nancy Drew hardbound series and was halfway through the Case Files (plust the usual Sweet Dreams and Sweet Valley). And then you read all these romance novels, cry your heart out, and wish for your own prince charming (plus or minus the ravaging lovemaking). And then there comes a time when you just outgrow it. By some reason, you just do. And you only revisit such readings in close confidence with trusted friends or co-workers (or with no one at all).

Next in line, Anne Rice, Oscar Wilde, John Grisham... the Shopaholic series... Dan Brown (still to be borrowed). I fell in love with Anne Rice and her Mayfair Witches. Didn't really buy into the whole chick themes, it probably wasn't just my thing, even if it was about shopping. And oddly, didn't go into the Harry Potter phenomenon, even if it was about sorcery. I've had my share of seemingly good novels which turned out bad. Like "Killing me Softly" which was translated into a movie allegedly as dragging as my reading experience of the book. Okay. I've yammered. And the basic announcement was, that I bought a book. I'm proud of myself. Because really, I've missed reading. I miss the smell of the turning pages as they flutter near my nose. Anyway, the book is - The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl. A murder mystery combining fiction and fact, surrounding the first english translation of Dante's Inferno. Ah, just my type.

So there. I shall read. And you guys, revisit the romance novels. It will cause you much joy. Try making your boyfriend read it. He will think it's worse than porn and give you a weird look for even being exposed to such wordings (i.e. proud evidence of his desire) at such a tender age.
dezphaire strapped in @ 9:33 AM  


  • At 8:03 AM, Blogger mamajojogirl said…

    i grew up reading nancy drew (hardy boys too nung natapos ko na yung nancy drew sa library), sweet dreams then mills and boon (that's what my older cousins read :P)

    i suggest you read Dan Brown's Angels and Demons...it actually details the events that happen after a Pope dies. kaya alam na alam ko sinasabi nila sa CNN ngayon. heehee.

  • At 10:01 AM, Anonymous apester said…

    hahaha. those romance novels! i read two in a row (they came from the lib at your house) and am still marveling at how every man can be rugged with set square jaws. hahaha

  • At 8:58 AM, Blogger dezphaire said…

    jojo: oooh! mills and boon - i read a couple of those too hehe. the Dan Brown books are next on the list (if i save up enough and keep myself from buying shoes).

    apester: haha. how about them piercing eyes and strong shoulders? maybe on the next post i'll be posting some excerpts...

  • At 5:02 AM, Anonymous jayvee said…

    i recenly bought a book too! its old though ... Douglas Adams' The Ultimate Hitchikers Guide hardbound and cheap for only P700.00

    now i just have to finish the Jonathan Strange novel.

  • At 8:07 PM, Anonymous Yzrah said…

    I heard someone say that "passionate" love story novels are basically the equivalent of "xerex". =P

    I havent read one myself however I do know the formula for writing a story that reflects the cheap ones worth P7.00 in sold in side walks. It goes like this. Either the guy or girl is rich, and the other half is poor. Their parents are against each other or if not only the rich one they fall in love defy all odds and run away. =P Bwahahaha!!

    Ive got a better idea, why not come up with a story where the both the guy and the girl have dual personalities where the person A of the guy likes the Person B of the girl but however the Person A of the girl hates the person A of the guy and person B of the guy loathes the Person B of the girl? Gulo ba?

  • At 8:06 AM, Blogger dezphaire said…

    jayvee: wow hardbound for 700 bucks. good deal. for better deals, do go to that used bookstore (damn i forget the name), the one across school. i got Anne Rice's Witching Hour in hardbound for only 300!

    izra: i'll lend you some! and yes, i think the gulo-factor in your plot is precisely caused by the schizophrenia. take that out and the personalities defeat their existence. hehe. diba?

  • At 4:16 PM, Anonymous slither dude said…

    have you read Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice? enjoy yon Ü

  • At 9:51 AM, Blogger dezphaire said…

    slitherdude: hmmm not yet. maybe after The Dante Club :) though more budget required. hrmph.


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