Our Bookshelf

Mark and I enjoy reading books of every kind–from the most mundane materials (yes, we’re talking shampoo and soup labels) to the geeky social sciences, National Bookstore top 10 bestsellers to random Booksale finds; back issues of Believer to the latest InStyle; cookbooks, non-fiction, children’s literature, self-help, biographies, Idiot’s guides!

Apart from books, writing has a special place in our every day lives. It is what I do for a living as a freelance copywriter, graduate student of creative writing and amateur blogger (whatever that means). On the other hand, Mark has been writing songs for the longest time, having been part of a band called Tungaw in the 90s and continuing as a folk musician during his extra time.

Mark’s  Books

I believe that Mark has a more distinct taste than I do when it comes to his preferred reading. He knows what he likes when it comes to authors and topics. In fact, it’s so easy to buy him books: all I have to do is look for the keyword: Bob Dylan. That fact easily translates to the music he prefers to listen–anything by Bob Dylan and every other folk artist deemed worthy of his gourmet taste.

One thing that we have in common though is our shared need for books on depression, anxiety, psychology and psychiatry. On separate periods, each of us has had our own dark eras of emotional lows. Thank God because anti-depressants are expensive enough but since he always had a book or two about the condition, I didn’t have to spend a cent on self-help books. Somehow this has made literature more significant for both of us: it has played a part in our healing.

His List:

* Chronicles by Bob Dylan

*1984 by George Orwell

* On the Road by Jack Kerouac

* Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

* Siddharta by Herman Hesse

* Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

* Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

* Lobotomy by Dee Dee Ramone

Punky’s  Books

Because I tend to (slowly) read whatever is in front of me or whatever interests me at the moment, my taste is so diluted that I don’t actually have a distinct reader profile. Unlike Mark, I can’t pinpoint a favorite author but I can name my favorite topics and I definitely enjoy reading anything that has to do with female sexuality, gender politics, virginity–basically topics that discuss women trying to challenge the status quo and the double standards of a patriarchal society, which again, was one of the main causes of my personal battle with anxiety.

Strangely, one of my goals for 2011 is to actually find a favorite author in the same manner that some people must find a boyfriend within 12 months, armed with their Charlotte Yorke enthusiasm and relationship self-help manual. It’s a bigger shame that I’m not as avid a reader as my Creative Writing classmates: I think this has to do with my slow pace (I’m still struggling to finish Atlas Shrugged since my College mentor recommended it in 2003), short attention span and the Archie Comics era that dominated most of my childhood years and influenced my mainstream taste. However, regardless of these, I will keep reading for the mere reason that it makes me happy, makes me cry, keeps me motivated, it helps me get through my depression, teaches me how to eliminate cellulite and occasionally, it makes me hungry. Books immerse me in a range of emotions and that is enough to satisfy me.

My List:

* Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy

* The Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille

* Virgins: A Cultural History by Anke Bernau

* The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

* Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

* Non-Fiction by Chuck Palahniuk

* Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

* Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

* The Cellulite Solution by Dr. Howard Murad

* The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler

Published on April 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Hi! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. 🙂
    I like your theme. I secretly wish to have the same one, but my fiancee doesn’t read that much. Though he claims Pride and Prejudice as his favorite book. 🙂

    By the way, I remember stumbling upon rica peralejo’s wedding photos and saw her wedding cake… a stack of books 🙂

    Oh, and my fiance’s brother is getting married in Kapitan Moy this weekend.

    Happy preps!

    • Hi Ria! Thanks for dropping by. =D

      If you would like to have a book-themed wedding, I believe you should go ahead and explore it. For that matter, I think a Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen theme would look really lovely especially if it’s done in a garden and decorated in some romantic, vintage elements.

      for starters, here are some links I found with Jane Austen-inspired elements:



      It would be great to have a stack of books cake (I must check that out!) but since we intend to stay within budget, we’re planning to actually go for a simple one-tier chocolate cake with berries.

      Good luck as well with your own preps! =D

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