The Facebook tag goes, “List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be ‘right’ or ‘great’ works; just ones that have touched you.”
I’ve done this before, here, and now here’s 10 more:
- The Rolling Stone Interviews
- How to Read Literature – Terry Eagleton
- Engineering Mechanics: Statics & Dynamics – R.C. Hibbeler
- film: A Critical Introduction – Maria T. Pramaggiore and Tom Wallis
- Social Media: A Critical Introduction – Christian Fuchs
- Mythologies – Roland Barthes
- Six Young Filipino Martyrs – Asuncion David Miranda (ed.)
- A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn
- A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
- Days of Disquiet, Nights of Rage – Jose F. Lacaba
I never imagined that I would end up reading (and enjoying) non-fiction without formal guidance from a prof or an editor. Reference materials, especially those that are heavy on -isms, intimidate me. I used to chastise myself for being too dumb to understand them but I’m kinder to myself now. I mean, there’s really no shame in trying, is there?
Anyway, I do want to know what other people’s “10 Books” are. This book tag was passed around my Facebook feed about five years ago and I genuinely enjoyed learning new shit about my friends (i.e. nagbabasa pala ng ano si Ano?). It’s the usisera in me, I guess. Reading other people’s “10 Books” felt like listening in to their self-curated playlists or reading their personal journals, and boy do I love reading other people’s journals.
So I’m tagging ten people — bloggers, of course — who would hopefully share their “10 Books” with us:
You don’t have to explain your choices. You can even just write them in the comments or, I dunno, make a PowerPoint presentation if you’re so bida-bida (charot). And your list can have titles from any genre, be it poetry, or comics, or even horoscope predictions from a page of Bulgar wrapped around a kilo of tinapa (it’s not a book, I know, but it sure sounds interesting).
I also initially wanted to tag all the bookish bloggers that I follow but I purposely left some people out so the others could tag them. And you don’t even have to wait for a tag — if you want to share your 10 Books, just go for it baks!
And it’s all good if you don’t feel like doing this paandar. I just wanted to give some people a nudge and possibly introduce them to other kids looking for new blogs to read. 2017 was the year when I started talking to some of the most interesting repapips here on WordPress, and here’s to hoping I discover more this year.
Happy 2018, y’all! #