I can dream. There are no limitations to mental frills, I know. It is for this weak and common reason that I conjure a list of books I dream to search, acquire and read starting at the first crack of the new year. These books provide focus and direction for my reading experience toward satisfying the restive reader in me. These books, though, when acquired, will add to the troublesome search for additional space upon which their covers will rest, emancipated from dust, heat and pest.
Despite all, writing this wish list is in itself satisfying. I may not be able to acquire all of them in print, my preference, within a year, but these are dreams and the very nature of dreams is enough to tickle to indescribable joy this easily tempted bookish heart.
The primary direction is gothic fiction, myself being a fan of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It was not my intention to overlook other possible long stories that share similar characteristics with the godforsaken macabre landscape of Thornfield Hall.
I’m participating in another meme called Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It’s a good chance for me to present (if not show off) what I have purchased from the bookstores or borrowed from the school library where I’m a part-time college instructor.
Since my reading tastes are varied, it was not a surprise that I picked up Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan, a new-to-me writer, from the Filipiniana shelf of a local bookstore. What captured my attention were (1) the cover, (2) the synopsis and (3) the first page of the story.
The cover is not your regular design for a Filipiniana book. Oftentimes, cover designs of books written by Filipinos evoke a sense of patriotism. For a split second, I thought Batacan’s novel was written by an American. But when I read the author’s last name, I immediately knew the book was written by a Filipino. Also, it mentions that the book is a winner of the Philippine National Book Award, Carlos Palanca Memorial Award and Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award. Now that’s truly something.