Over the holiday break, I read 4 Filipino books comprising of 2 novels and 2 short story anthologies. I also bought a Tagalog translation of the bible for my screenplay (still weary of google translate when it come to ancient writings as google tends to conversationalize translations — helpful for tourist but for writers, not so much. So, Ang Bibliya.)
Today, I am currently reading: I Am No One by Patrick Flanery.
On the reading backlog are the books I bought when we went to Iceland (Unesco City of Literature), and then some:
Icelandic titles that must be read as soon as possible:
• 101 Reykjavik by Hallgrimur Helgason
• The Creator by Guorun Eva Minervudottir
• Unravelled by Alda Sigmundsdottir
• Fault Lines by Nicolas Billon
• Yo-Yo by Steinunn Sigurordottir
• The Pets by Bragi Olafsson
The rest of the books that should have been read last year:
• Eleanor by Jason Gurley
• Box Nine by Jack O’Connel
• The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore
• Blood Wedding by Pierre LeMaitre
• Perfect Days by Raphael Montes
Someone gave me a Benjamin of Amazon gift card so I ordered these:
• Kill The Next One by Federico Axat
• Colonel Lagrimas by Carlos Fonseca
• Blood of the Dawn by Claudia Salazar Jimenez
• Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin
• The Fall Guy by James Lasdun
And because I only remembered that gift card yesterday, I also ordered from Amazon UK (for the covers! Yes, really, most UK editions have better covers so I don’t mind the international shipping fee) 2 books:
• Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
• Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
Yes, my reading has always been tilted to translated (read: writers other than Americans) works. This, there is no need to explain.
Oh, I also have another Benjamin’s worth of Barnes & Noble gift card that I keep as a sort of emergency money as there is a Barnes right off my subway stop and is a good place to hang.
So, go me! Let’s read more this year.
• The short story sold early January has been final drafted and sent to the editors.
• The new short story finished last Friday has been printed as a first draft for line editing next week after the mandatory “leave it alone” period of one week. It needs to be second drafted for submission the last day of February. Seems like a lot of time for editing, but I am the sort of writer who edits up, rather than down — I usually write fat-free sentences and just add more definitions of muscles as I edit.
• The moment I am satisfied with the second draft, I email it to the editors and immediately resume the writing of the screenplay. Time for Ang Bibliya.
Now I make myself some coffee and eggs for breakfast while I read The Times.