#7: The Lord of The Rings by JRR Tolkien
The truth is, I watched the movie first before reading the book. It was during my unemployment days that I decided to indefinitely loan this book from a friend (Thanks a lot bro, I assure you, the book is in good hands). A lot of people don’t bother with the book version because they think its “hard to read”… Oh how wrong they were. In fact, I was amazed how “readable” this is despite being published in the 40s.
Its hard to imagine, that the whole LOTR universe, its languages, its people, its culture and its characters came from a single mind. That alone is a reason to read its pages. If you are bored with this world, and its realities, try escaping to Middle earth, you won’t be disappointed and probably you won’t want to leave.
#6: Luna’s Moustache by Ambeth Ocampo
One of my childhood hero is Prof. Ambeth Ocampo, the rouge historian which sees history not as a tale of serious nationalism and humans-turned-gods patriots, but rather a mundane melting pot of human stories. He liked to stress that heroes are just like ordinary human beings experiencing ordinary emotions but at one point in their lives, performed something extraordinary. From the seemingly trivial stuff (from what Aguinaldo took for breakfast the day he was captured, to Rizal’s lovelife) he gives us a new perspective to the lives of heroes and all Filipinos of the past in general. He wants to remove the disconnection we have with our history by showing us that people of the past generations don’t differ from ours… We just have Ipads and they dont.
To be continued…….