REQUIRED READING: November 2012

Wow, October, that was fast! Hello, November! πŸ™‚

Before I proceed to my reading list for this month,let us take a quick look at how I managed my October required reading list:

  1. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. I thought of bringing this book with me during my recent Manila trip but it was too short, I finished it even before I left. 4/5 stars.
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Currently stuck at 4%. I can’t seem to get into the story. Decided to put this on-hold and resume reading probably during the Holy Week. πŸ˜€
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Also, forever stuck at 4%. Even though I find the Bennett sisters to be fascinating, I can’t help feeling dragged about by the conversations which seem to go on forever. I am still determined to finish this one, though, just so I can say I have read a classic book other than The Great Gatsby. Haha!
  4. Love Your Frenemies by Mina Esguerra. Ah, this one. I love it that this is a quick and sweet read. I am on a Mina V. Esguerra high that I want to read all of her books ASAP. I still am looking for copies of No Strings Attached and My Imaginary Ex. If some of you have extra copies to share/sell (ebooks are welcome!), do let me know!Β  3/5 stars.

So there. I totally suck at reading classics, I know. But give me time. And a chance to acquire a taste for classics in the future. In the meantime, I don’t want to burden myself with reading books that I do not (yet) enjoy. πŸ™‚

I am supposed to segue into my reading list for this month, but allow me to make a (supposedly) brief recap of the month that was. It was my birthday month so indulge me, please? πŸ˜‰

October was a wonderful month, most especially because it was my birthday month. Not that I had planned out a grand birthday celebration, but I was able to spend it with people who matter the most to me. Aside from the (surprise) flowers Gian gave me at the (of all places) Mall of Asia, I was able to meet up with wonderful friends from my book club. This only happens rarely, and when I am in the area, I always see to it to make time for bookish friends:

when bookish minds meet πŸ™‚

Okay, I’m already done with that long intro. On to my November Required Reading list!

As usual, the books I have picked up for this month are on a whim, although some are motivated by reading buddies who are willing to do read-along with me. I love having reading buddies because they make the reading experience more than just mere routine (although I also have buddy reads which I abandoned, but that will be another story).

 

  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Will read this together with Maria. The blurb gives meΒ  the feel of The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova which I am currently reading.
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. I want another John Green book after I read The Fault In Our Stars and this book was the most recommended. Will start reading this on the 19th together with Maria (again!), Cary, Ingrid, and Han.
  • Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. This is my book club’s book of the month.

Only three books for this month — a number I feel realistic and attainable. What’s your reading plan? Or do you ever plan at all? πŸ˜‰

For other reading plans for this month, check out the following blogs:

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Book Rhapsody

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