July is almost over, we are a few days early to the end, but nonetheless time has flown and next thing you’ll know Christmas is here. We are publishing our round-up post earlier every month to participate in the Carnival of Children’s Literature which is being hosted this month by Emmy’s Book of the Day.

1:4:1000 Book Drive

The book drive, I think, is one of our proudest moments here at Gathering Books. I don’t know how we pulled it off, but we did. Mostly, thanks to you—our readers, friends, and family—who shared with us their books, their time and their effort to making the book drive happen. Since May we’ve been posting every Wednesday about the drive. This would be the last update. If you wish to check out our July posts here are the titles:

With all our hearts, thank you once again for supporting this project and for helping us bring smiles and reading to children. If you wish to read the previous blogs on our book drive please check it out here (1:4:1000 Book Drive)

GB Bimonthly Special: Fractured Fairy Tales

This July we launched a new bi-monthly theme called Fractured Fairy Tales where we review various versions of popular fairy tales we’ve grown to love. It’s amazing how many versions of Cinderella, The Princess and the Pea and even Rapunzel there are. For July here are the titles we’ve reviewed:

So far we’ve reviewed Seven (7) and there is more to come in the next few days and the coming month. Aside from picture books we hope to feature YA literature that are detailed retelling of fairy tales.

Reading Challenge Update

We’re participating in a few reading challenges this year and here’s the summary.

  • Murakami Reading Challenge 2011: 1 of 7 (we’re pretty slow here…sigh. I’m waiting for 1Q84)
  • PoC Reading Challenge 2011: 39  of 25 (currently we are doing this as part of growing the PoC database)
  • Picture Book Challenge 2011:  88 of 120
  • South Asian Challenge:  3 of 7 (Check out this month’s review on Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth)

I’m hope to be reading and reviewing Madras on Rainy Days in August. And hopefully Fats would helps me out on the Murakami Challenge.

365 Books Reading Project

Las month I reported we’ve read a total of 239 Books so far and that June was a slow month for us. Add the fact that Fats was unable to update us with her list. However this month Fats told us she’s read 4 books in June, so here is our update:

  • Jan/Feb: 94 Books
  • Mar/April: 96 Books
  • May: 28 Books
  • June: 30 + 4 (from Fats) that’s 34 Books
  • July
    • Myra: 43 Books
    • Mary: 9 Books
    • Fats: 13 Books
    • Total: 65Books

July was a better time for all of us in terms of reading.  In the past 7 months, we’ve read 317 Books all in all. We’ve finally made it to the 300 mark. Given our 365 books goal we only need to read 48 more.  I’m starting to think we’ll be able to finish our goal by next month.  I’ll probably start tallying the contribution of each member.

Quill Junior

We’ve also been lucky to receive regular contributions for our Quill Junior. This month we had  Low Pi Rey, a nine year old boy  from Pei Chun Public School (Singapore). If you haven’t read his review check it out here:

We’ll be posting a monthly review from children every 7th of the Month.  If you want to join check out our homepage for details.

Poet’s Sanctum

As Myra’s mind continues churning out ideas, our site is able to explore new things. This July we launched Poet’s Sanctum, a special segment wherein we feature poets and their works that moved us. This new space in Gathering Books was inspired by Myra’s ‘moment’ with the Poet Tita Lacambra Ayala.  If you are a lover of verse, we hope this little space would be a haven for your poetic soul.

Blog Meme

We have also made it a point to be more visible in the Kidlitosphere and YA Blogosphere through our participation in Book Talk Tuesday, Poetry Friday and In My Mailbox (Sunday), this month we also joined Non-Fiction Monday. Here is the list of our post related to these events:

Non Fiction Monday

Book Talk Tuesday

Poetry Friday (We featured one original for this month)

In My Mailbox


Graphic Novelist: Paolo Fabregas

Usually I would end at this point, but there are things to expect in the next few days that might be worth your time.  This month, we will be featuring a Filipino Graphic NovelistPaolo Fabregas whose recent creation, the Filipino Heroes League has got many comic fans buzzing. Also, for our second featured Academic in our Academic Nook we have Tuting Hernandez, former Chairperson of the Department of Linguistics at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

Academic Nook: Prof. Tuting Hernandez

His contribution, I’m told is connected to our bimonthly theme. That is definitely something worth looking forward to.

July has definitely been wonderful. We celebrated our one year anniversary, shared some of our blessings, and met new people (real and fictional). There is nothing more that can be said, except maybe: Until Next Month!

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