Pinay Observer: Companion Book List

As a reader and (now) blogger, I keep a keen eye out for works by Filipino and Filipino-American writers. They truly deserve more attention.

To do my part, I have created an open and interactive companion book list for this blog. If you are looking for a good read, or simply want to familiarize yourself with Filipino authors, please check it out here— better yet, leave a bookmark, I promise to add more books as I discover them.

For a peek into what I am currently reading, check out my Reading List. Happy reading!


Reading list: March edition

I love to read. I like to balance a mix of fiction and non-fiction. I enjoy finding “random” books in cheap book sales (courtesy of the local library) and my online book club.

Today, I start a reading list page on this blog (see tab on upper-right hand corner), which I will update regularly. This is the March edition: a current snapshot of books in my past/present/future:

Currently reading:

  • Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin’ in Flip-Flops and the Philippines’ Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball, by Rafe Bartholomew (2010)
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger (2003)

Plan to read:

  • White House Doctor: My Patients were Presidents, by Dr. Connie Mariano (2010)
  • Building a Bridge to the 18th Century: How the Past Can Improve Our Future, by Neil Postman (1999)
  • The Year of Pleasures, by Elizabeth Berg

Recently read:

  • the last time i saw you, by Elizabeth Berg [3 stars]
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, by Neil Postman (1985) [5 stars]

Lastly, some thick books to plow through:

  • The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself, by Daniel J. Boorstin (1985)
  • In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines, by Stanley Karnow (1990)


5 great new books, for starters

Welcome! As I say in my About page, this blog is (er, will be):

  • A collection of commentary on contemporary work (books, articles, films, etc.) by/about/featuring Filipinos.
  • A series of book recommendations for everyone who is Filipino, or has lived with/is living with/hopes to live with one.
  • An attempt to grapple with the burdens and blessings of being Filipino in the U.S. today.

Please check back as I post entries on noteworthy books published in 2010, including:

This should give you a flavor of the kind of books I get excited about. If you know of others (that fall into my fuzzy category), please share them by leaving a comment or e-mailing me at:

Happy reading!

(*Erratum: Apologies for the mind slip. Thanks to astute commenter for the catch!)