#TBR2019RBR: A Book Reading Challenge

I am looking forward to 2019 with refreshed enthusiasm over reading. To manifest this, I decided to join the 2019 TBR Pile Challenge hosted by Roof Beam Reader. I have not participated in any reading or blogging challenges for three years or so. But I have been reading books, at least one work a month, and it would be a shame not to share what I think about them, especially when one of the goals of this particular virtual space is to encourage the magical experience of reading.

My background and current interests are strongly reflected by the books I selected for this challenge. They are all nonfiction, and their topics encompass history, culture, heritage, journalism, and current events. Four of them are about experiences outside my country, Philippines, one covers Asia, and the rest (nine) are by Filipino writers speaking their creative minds or displaying their critical line of thinking on matters both old and current.

nonfiction Philippines history culture heritage books

Here is my #TBR2019RBR list:

1. Afro-Asia in Upheaval: A Memoir of Front-line Reporting by Amando Doronila
2. The Feast of the Santo Niño: An Introduction to the History of a Cebuano Devotion by Resil B. Mojares
3. The War Against the Americans: Resistance and Collaboration in Cebu 1899-1906 by Resil B. Mojares
4. Interrogations in Philippines Cultural History: The Ateneo de Manila Lectures by Resil B. Mojares
5. Looking for Jose Rizal in Madrid: Journeys, Latitudes, Perspectives, Destinations by Gregorio C. Brillantes
6. The Koga Papers: Stories of WW II Cebu, Philippines by Col. Manuel F. Segura
7. Prize Journalism: A Collection of Jaime V. Ongpin Award Winners edited by Rachel E. Khan
8. Rizal Without the Overcoat by Ambeth R. Ocampo
9. Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson
10. A Woman’s Education: The Road from Coorain Leads to Smith College by Jill Ker Conway
11. Journal of a Novel by John Steinbeck
12. Letters from Madras by Julia Maitland


1. The Morville Hours by Katherine Swift
2. White Love and Other Events in Filipino History by Vicente L. Rafael

You can follow my #TBR2019RBR progress here. I look forward to connecting with you.

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