What books are you reading?
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Inquirer Op-Ed columnist (“Human Face”)
1. “The Cellist of Sarajevo,” by Steven Galloway. My friend Noree Briscoe gave me a hard-bound copy. I have not finished reading it. It’s about how human beings maintain their humanity despite inhumanity.
2. “The Angel’s Game” (English translation from the original Spanish), by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I was awed by his “The Shadow of the Wind” I just have to read this one. I have not begun but it is waiting.
3. “House of Light,” poems by Pulitzer Prize-winning Mary Oliver. She “invites the reader to step across the threshold of ordinary life into a world of natural and spiritual luminosity.” A gift from Good Shepherd contemplative nun Sr. Edith Olaguer, a close friend.
4. “Hymn of the Universe,” by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. This is an old book but I read it again and again for inspiration and meditation, like I do Tagore’s “Gitanaji.” Ancient yet ever new.
5. The Bible is always within reach, as well as several books of Sudoku puzzles for mental acuity.
“Tibak Rising: Activism in the Days of Martial Law,” edited by Ferdinand C. Llanes. Because it’s our story of courage in the face of terror. I wrote a piece for the book. Also a good read as the 40th anniversary of martial law nears.