The Tale of the Bookworm

I am what other people refer to as a bookworm. 

I am quite certain that I was already reading Tagalog comics in second grade but it was in the summer before fourth grade when I discovered the Nancy Drew book collection (probably, my aunt's when she was younger) in my grandmother's bookcase. From then on, reading became one of my favorite pastimes. 

I remember saving up my allowance just to buy Sweet Valley Twins books by Francine Pascal in elementary. I also remember renting romance pocketbooks in Tagalog even during those times. My memory of the books and the stories were long gone but I remember that the owner of the bookstore talked to my grandma because I racked up fines amounting to almost 80 pesos (which was already so steep during those times) because I didn't return one of the books that I borrowed. 

It was the love of reading that caused me to wear eyeglasses before third year in high school. You see, my father didn't want me to read romance pocketbooks when I was younger so I was secretly reading books in the dark. Sometimes I'd use a flashlight but oftentimes, I just make do of the faint light that filled into my bedroom from the living room since our house didn't have ceiling before. 

This 2021, as a way to RESET, I want my reading habit to be more intentional. Thus, I am going to list down on this page the books that I have read so I can check on my progress. My goal is to read at least one book per week this year, or at least 52 book in 2021. Let's see if I could reach my goal. 

Here's my list, in alphabetical order: broken down into two categories: completed reading and started reading but didn't finish.

Completed Books

  1. A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind by Shoukei Matsumoto
  2. Bareknuckle Bastards Series, Book 1: Wicked and the Wallflower
  3. Bareknuckle Bastards Series, Book 2: Brazen and the Beast
  4. Bareknuckle Bastards Series, Book 3: Daring and the Duke
  5. Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space by Kathi Lipp
  6. Everyday Millionaires by Chris Hogan
  7. Kiki & Jax: the life-changing magic of Friendship by Marie Kondo
  8. Love Your Life Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze
  9. Out of the Maze: An A-Mazing Way to Get Unstuck by Spencer Johnson
  10. Peak and Valleys: Making Good and Bad Times Work for You — at Work and in Life by Spencer Johnson
  11. Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  12. The 8 Minute Organizer: Easy Solutions to Simplify Your Life in Your Spare Time by Regina Leeds
  13. The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown (One True Love by Suzanne Enoch, Two Hearts by Karen Hawkins, A Dozen Kisses by Mia Ryan and Thirty-six Valentines by Julia Quinn)
  14. The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondo
  15. The Present: The Gift That Makes You Happy and Successful at Work and in Life by Spencer Johnson
  16. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

Started Reading but....

  1. Singletasking by Devora Zack
  2. Uncluttered: Free Your Space, Free Your Schedule, Free Your Soul by Courtney Ellis 

Booklists: The Monthly Review