About Sasha

Sasha Martinez, after a glorious tussle with a garden patch.

My name is Sasha Martinez. My tombstone will read: Her sins were scarlet, but here books were [mostly] read. I am a writer, and this is my reading journal. That is: I used to write fiction, but now I read books and I write about them. Then again, I have always read books. That is: My name is Sasha Martinez, and I read books.

Right. Page under construction. In the meantime:
I am on Tumblr, I am also on Twitter.
Or esashamartinez@gmail.com works.
Back to the books, then.

PS: This used to be Sasha & The Silverfish.


49 comments

  1. Sachiko Lamb · · Reply

    Mmmm. Bookssss. Maybe keeping up with your blog will remind me to read more (aside from blogs, inspirational blogs, non-fiction, non-fiction, non-fiction, and how to’s on found art jewelry). You do the human race good.

    1. Oh my, thank you. :) I’m grinning like an idiot right now. Happy New Year to you!

  2. Jasmeen · · Reply

    You have such a great book blog! I love how you talk about books. You’re so funny and honest. Keep reading–a lot of us here are very grateful you’ve got this blog.

    I hope this isn’t creepy LOL, but I think you’re such a cool person. I’ve seen some of your stories online and they’re WONDERFUL. You write so well!

    1. Thank you so much, Jasmeen! And it’s not creepy–just, well, haha, thank you! And I’m not blushing right now, haha. :]

  3. OH.MY.GOD.
    That is such a lovely self-portrait! I didn’t know you painted! Sorry, puro !’s hahaha, this is me in my utter AWE mode haha :)

    Okay, now one of my goals for 2010 would be this, if you’d be so willing to agree:

    To meet you and maybe bookstore-hop and just talk and talk about our love of books (and maybe arts? or crafts?)

    Hey, hey whaddya say? :)
    Email me: rainbowrama@gmail.com

    P.S. And maybe do a book swap of sorts?
    I promise not to be creepy-stalkerishy. :)

    1. ASTIG, haha. No problem. :] But I have to warn you that I’m unbelievably, overwhelmingly awkward in real life, hahaha. Bookstore-hopping (pag may pera na ko, haha) + chika about shiz. :] And I’d love to do a book swap–but overwhelming yung list that I need to do!

      And thank you! I dabble, haha, watercolors and pastels usually (I hate fingers, yes). Though that’s not really a self-portrait, because I got too lazy to take a picture of myself that I can render, haha. The pose, though, is based on a picture in Flickr that I stored in my hard drive a long time ago, so I don’t know the original URL. Eep. The rest, I made up, harhar.

  4. Haha me too! See we have something in common already :)
    Anyway, you know where to contact me, I really hope we could do some book chika in the near future, for realz :)

    1. Yeah, I got your email–just trying to clear up real life before I go out and have fun, haha. :]

  5. Hey Sasha! I know aphazia ^ *points* She’s nice and bubbly hihi. :D

    Love the header image dahling. ♥

    1. SERIOUSLY? Creepily small world, haha. And thank you, :p

  6. stilettostorytime · · Reply

    Thanks for coming to visit the site…also I wanted to tell you I love the watercolor…and she’s reading my favorite book of all time, which makes my day!

    1. Thank you. :) Jane Eyre remains to be one of my favorite books too, and I recall that I’d stumbled onto your site weeks ago because you were reviewing one of her lesser-known works. :)

  7. Hi Sasha! I found your blog while I am researching about a author. It seems we have something in common our passion for books and journals or notebooks. The types of books I read are mostly inspirational and vampire/horror genre.

    1. Hi, Vernie. Thanks for dropping by. :)

  8. Patricia · · Reply

    Love to read. Love your blog

  9. And so I thought reading printed text was history but here you are, doing a great job in promoting “conventional reading”.

    More power to your site.

    1. Thank you so much for dropping by, and, of course, for the kind words. Cheers!

  10. Hi! Sorry for the totally random comment but I saw your blog in Honey’s list of Filipino book bloggers and I was wondering if you’d like to join a directory of sorts that I created? You can learn more about it here: Filipino Book Bloggers :) I’m trying to come up with a comprehensive list of Filipino book bloggers and encourage discussion by posting a topic related to blogging every Friday, where everyone can leave comments.

    1. Thanks for the directory! I’ve already e-mailed you. :]

  11. Loved your blog. One of my favourites now. It’s hard to find good books and people who can tell you how they really are before you spend your money buying them. Thanks anyway :) Booklover’s savior.

  12. Judy Marie Santiago · · Reply

    Hi Sasha!

    I stumbled upon your blog as i browse the latest theme Coraline. :) It looks good! Haha. I might change mine too. Anyway, so this is a book blog. I wonder if you’ve read books by Stephen King already? I am a fan. A huge huge fan. :D Anyway, I hope I can read a lot from here, since I’ve less time for reading… Anyway, Imma add you to my roll so I can easily get here. Hope you would do the same. Thanks! :)

    Im just Here:

    http://longlivejudyism.wordpress.com/

    1. Love Stephen King, though I haven’t read him in a while. He was a big part of my childhood, a fact that is freaky when I stop to think about it, haha. Thanks for visiting!

  13. Hi Sasha!

    I found your blog as Judy Marie, to see the latest theme Coraline. And incredible, your blog is a book blog.
    Ok, a book blog in english. Mine is in French. That could be a problem. Haha.

    Actually, not for me. I should try to read in English, to improve the language. And the discover of your blog is a chance, I hope your posts will give me the motivation to read in English ;-)

    Thank you very much, so.

    Have a good day,

    Lalou

    1. Hi, Lalou! I went to your site, and was kind of sad that it was in French. My one piddling semester of French didn’t help me a lot, but Google Translate kind of does. :) I hope hope hope we can breach this language barrier more in the future, haha. Thanks for visiting!

  14. Hi Sasha, just followed your icon through a WP theme post and am terribly glad I did! Look forward to reading more :)

  15. Happy happy birthday! :)

  16. Hi! I just wanted to know if you buy most of the books that was being featured in this blog? Or you are doing book reviews for some U.S publishers? I participate in this book for bloggers program but it’s mostly Christian Publishers whom I had the fortunate enough of doing book reviews in exchange for free books.

  17. Hi, Sasha! Just found your blog through Twitter (the folks from the NYRB Classics linked to your project). I’m glad I found it, since I’ve been wanting to read some blogs/meet some people interested in classic literary fiction :)

    Good luck with the project, and I hope you’ll enjoy the journey!

    B(albina)

    1. Hello, Balbina — Thanks for the support, haha. I’m really looking forward to reading more books from the pubs, or generally just more classics. :] Thank you for dropping by. :]

  18. Found your blog from the NYRB Classics mention on Twitter. I love these books. Come to Book Balloon, we have an NYRB Classics reading club, we read one every other month. This year we’ve done Sleepless Nights, Cassandra at the Wedding, The Siege of Krishnapur and Lolly Willowes. For November it’s Stoner.

    Amazed at how many books you read in a year.

    1. Hi, Karen. I’ll check you guys out. I have Stoner coming in for me from an aunt abroad — but I’m not sure if it’ll get here in time for me to join you guys.

      Re the number of books: A deplorable boredom of real life is a good motivation, haha.

  19. Hi Sasha, this is reaaally random (and I’m not sure if you remember me, but this is Heights-Tina), but I’ve been following your blog from quite some time now. 3/4 of the books that I *forced* my parents to lug home from the States for me are from this blog. Enjoying the ones I’ve read so far. :D Basically just wanted to say – ganda ng blog mo and thanks! Haha

  20. Hey! Love your blog! where do you find these books? :D

  21. Surfing the waves of the web I am pleasantly stranded in this beautiful blog.

    I write under the pseudonym of Josè Pascal (a descendant of the great Colonel Aureliano Buendía).

    I invite you to visit my italian writing blog http://parolesemplici.wordpress.com/mytinbox/. I define this blog “In parole Semplici” as a “virtuacultural tin” box where they are guarded thoughts, memories, images, sounds, and simple stories. ”

    If you want to participate and to have more informations send me a letter to inparolesempli@gmail.com

    Good life and I hope to soon
    Josè

  22. Uriel J. Garcia · · Reply

    Looking forward to reading your posts!

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  25. I have been a lurker for a LONG time. I just like to tell you your bookblog is my favorite. You read wonderful books and you write about them in such an honest way. Your notes – I wish I was able to do that as well. I try.

    (I’m Dutch, my blog is in Dutch as I’m not very good in writing English. Not sure why I’m telling you this. Just saying hi.)

  26. Hello Sasha! When I first started my blog (and it was just really recent like 3 months old) I was aiming and planning to have a book blog like yours (since I love love love reading books) however, I realized that I’m not that good of a reviewer. So instead, I just write short stories. Anyway, I really admire your blog and the way you comment on each book you’ve read! You’re amazing. And I think I’ve got to follow you to remind me to read more books and to check National Bookstores! I didn’t know that they are on sale. :))

  27. I happened to ur blog right 10 minutes before when I was searching net on Barthes. I read lot of book blogs. But u r just ‘exceptional’. It is also very inspiring. I will come to ur blog times and again. Keep well, keep reading and keep blogging!

    Best wishes for the new year

  28. BookSlut · · Reply

    Been lurking for a long time on your blog now. Hi Sasha! I saw this and immediately remembered you http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NP74VM1Itdc

    Looking forward to more of your marginalia posts!

  29. Greetings to a blogger from another blogger. It has already been quite some time since I stumbled into your blog and I think I owe you the courtesy and eventual gratitude of how this virtual corner of yours in the cyberworld has brought comfort to me and occasional respite after my hard days at work. I too love books (and art as you will eventually read from my blog) and somehow its nice to know there are staunch literary advocates like you who defend the cause of the printed word for us. Again, thank you so much.

  30. theconfabulist · · Reply

    Hi! I nominated you for a Liebster Award — it’s a sort of fun award/meme that’s passed around by bloggers. You can check it out here: http://buriedbeneathallthelies.com/2013/05/16/liebster-award-questions-answers-bookish-links/

  31. Great blog :D…love it :)

  32. Hello. :3 I’ve been looking around your blog for a few days and I really like it. (I just realized today that I could follow people =_=) And I feel rude for asking this off topic question, but you seem to be kind of a pro here. When I make a post and I want to put it under a specific tab, for example, the “about” page instead of the “home” page, what exactly do I do? Do I click on something extra or click something other than “post”? Sorry I feel stupid having to ask you this. >_< Bye

  33. Hey Sasha,

    Waaw, you sure do read a lot of books. I was wondering if you could give me some tips. I recently started my blog and I’m new to writing. I really like it and I think reading some good books would help me out. I still have a lot to learn so I was hoping you could help me out by pointing me in the right direction. Any books you can recommend to someone new to writing? What is your favorite one?

    Thank you

    Ceko

  34. I just came across your blog and your lovely post, “The cost of this”. I must say, I am already engaged and up to my head in an ocean of awe. Your blog, silverfysh, is a wonderful treasure to come across this evening.

  35. Hey Sasha, you’re on my list of blogs to read and check out via the Liebster Award. Thanks for being awesome and inspiring me to blog and read! Here’s the link: http://andreawrobel.com/2014/09/30/the-liebster-award/

  36. Daniela · · Reply

    Hey Sasha! <3
    I'm so following your blog.

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