July was such an awesome reading month because aside from having great book buys, most of what I’ve read I gave very high ratings because I really liked them. I only got to finish two of the three books in my July required reading list (I am still halfway through The Red Tent), but all the other books I finished though not included in the list were all awesome, especially the chick-lit ones which really surprised me (in a good way, of course.)
To recap my July required reading list:
- Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness. 5/5 stars and more!
- Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler. 4/5 stars. My first ever Pulitzer read.
- The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. (halfway, and so far I am loving it.)
Now, on to August!
This month is a celebration of my country’s Buwan ng Wika, and this would’ve been an opportune time to read even just one local book. I have already thought of what books to read for August even before July ended, and sadly not one is by a local author. I feel (slightly) guilty so I think I’ll squeeze in even just one local book ( one by Mina Esguerra or by Bob Ong, maybe) for this month. Now that I’ve assuaged my guilt with that resolve, let’s now go into what’s in my list for this month.
August Required Reading list:
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbowsky. I have read wonderful reviews of this coming-of-age book, and fortunately I was able to rip off a copy from the internet. I still want to buy a print copy, though, because I am attracted by the cute cover.
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is a buddy read with my friends over at Goodreads. Will give classics another try and I hope I’ll be able to finish it this time.
- Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro. My ebook copy is a gift from Monique of
Bookish Little Memarginalia. My first ever Ishiguro.
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I have been meaning to read this book for the longest time, and I think this month is the perfect time, more so that a movie adaptation is set to be released this year.
***The last book is actually a collection of stories of our book club which was used during the discussion of July’s monthly read which is Kazou Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day. I would love to squeeze in this book in between my readings but my pdf copy doesn’t format well when I converted it to mobi. (I hope I can get a more legible epub or mobi format).
It’s a pretty awesome list, don’t you think? And since I have decided to be more serious when it comes to my reading, I have already prepared a reading plan and that includes getting a planner/diary just for that purpose!
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