Hello, birth month! 🙂

September wasn’t exactly one of my best reading months this year. For one, I had to endure the frustration of transferring new web hosts so I wasn’t in the mood really to do some good reading. For two, my work schedule had been crazy I found no extra energy to do some reading even during the weekends. Sigh. And for last, some events transpired in the book club that I found myself for quite some time frustrated, sad, and excited all at the same time. I do believe one’s mood is an essential factor especially in reading; and my mood wasn’t exactly perfect for reading this month.

Anywaaay. Things have started to get back in their normal state as before ( I think)  and I am resolved to make up for lost time this month and the months following. But before we go to this month’s — my birth month! — reading list, let me make a quick recap of the outcome of my September required reading plan:

  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Wasn’t able to read a page. BOO!
  • Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safron Foer. 3/5 STARS.
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. 2/5 STARS.

And just for the heck of it, here are the books I’ve recently read which I have yet to blog about:

  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. 5/5 stars.
  • Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin by Bob Ong. 3/5 stars.
  • Ito Na Siguro Ang Pinakamahabang Title Ng Isang Libro Na Ginawa Sa Pilipinas At Nagmula Sa Munting Facebook Page Ni AkOPOSIJAYSON Na Walang Maisip Na Pamagat by Jayson G. Benedicto. 5/5 stars.
  • Once Upon A Time In Chinatown by Charlotte Dianco. 2/5 stars.
  • Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler. 4/5 stars.
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel. 4/5 stars.
  • Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. 3/5 stars.
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. 2/5 stars.

WHEW! How do I begin to work on these? Ahh, but no matter. Seeing that I’m 2 books ahead of my reading goal for this year, which is 50 books, I am more than consoled. Backlogs are backlogs, and I’ll just get to these when I already have the luxury of time. 😉

On to this month’s required reading plan:

Since October is my birth month (yay!), I have planned on reading books that will make me happy and feel good. I am entitled to feel good at least during my birthday celebration, right? I was planning on reading more light, feel-good, chick-lit reads this month but seeing that I have scheduled buddy reads of very challenging books also for this month, I finally decided to just add 2 more light reads for balance.

Here they are:

  1. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. As I’ve said in my previous post, this our book club’s travelling book. I’m pretty much excited to read this, just because. 😉
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. A pretty intimidating book by my standards (classics are not popular with me) but I am drawing strength from my 5 reading buddies who are as excited as I am to hurdle this. 🙂
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Another classic and the required read of the month in our book club. I have actually started this last month to get a head start but I am (again) lagging behind because of the language. Ahh, classics. When will I ever learn to love you more?
  4. Love Your Frenemies by Mina Esguerra. This will be my welcome relief from all those “heavy” reads above, plus that this will be a local book to add in my Filipino reads for this year.

Plus, I have yet to finish Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and at least begin reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Talk about backlogs, haha!

For other reading plans for this month, check out these sites:

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Book Rhapsody

13 thoughts on “REQUIRED READING: October 2012

  1. Ah, the blogging backlog. I have a ton too. 😀 One day, I will catch up — I just hope I remember what I want to write!

    Is P&P your first Austen? If yes, it will be hard a bit, but once you get used to it, it will be better! It might help if you watch the movie so you have some idea, but it would be spoilery of course. 🙂

    And yay for Mina V. Esguerra! 🙂

    1. Done with my first Mina Esguerra book and I can’t wait to read more of her books. 🙂

      Yes, P&P is my first Austen and it is slow reading for me. But I’ll catch up! 🙂

  2. woohoo! Life of Pi & Love Your Frenemies! and pls finish Ender’s Game, hihi. we can do P&P, Lynai 🙂 it’s easier to read than Jane Eyre, IMHO.

    1. I’m done with Love Your Frenemies and I loved it! I’ll definitely be reading more of Mina Esguerra! 🙂

      I’m still laboring over P&P. It’s slow reading for me but I am loving it. 🙂

  3. I am SO happy you liked Life of Pi! Movie’s coming out soon, and I’m so excited for that as well. 😀

    AND I hope you’ll love Charing. It’s such a warm, fuzzy-feeling book. 🙂

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