It’s Required Reading Challenge time again! Of course, I’m already a bit late for this post because I should have done this at the start of the month, but life got in the way  as it always does, so please pardon my tardiness.

Required Reading Challenge is the only reading challenge I joined this year apart from the Reading Goal of 30 books I set in Goodreads. Tina of One More Page hosts this monthly challenge and together with some friends in our book club, we pick books to read every month and challenge ourselves to finish them on schedule! In case you missed it, here are the rules of this challenge which I lifted from Tina’s blog:

  • Books chosen for the challenge should be in the current TBR pile as of the month of the Required Reading post. So if you decided to join at March, the books you choose for the month should be in your TBR pile as of February.
  • Galleys and ARCs can be included.
  • Posting reviews aren’t necessary (but don’t you want that out of the way, too?).
  • I’ll be posting a theme every month but you don’t have to follow that. You can choose a theme for yourself if you want to — what’s important is the books that you put there are books that you want to get to reading.
  • Lastly: have fun. If you don’t finish a book, it’s okay! If you finish it, then…feel free to reward yourself with something. Like a new book. 😀

The rules are very doable, so if you want to challenge your reading habits this year, do come and join us! 🙂

Now, on to my first Required Reading list for the year:


As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I have only decided to read 30 books for this year. So that means, on the average, I should read at least 2 books every month. Compared to the 3-4 books per month I read last year, this number is actually very easily achievable, I don’t think it is a challenge anymore, haha! But still, in my current state where I want to sleep and just be lazy all the time (plus my mood swings), I might find myself trying hard to reach my goal. I hope not. 😛

Here are my January books:

  • Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner. This is a birthday gift from a fellow book club member, Ronnie. I chose this book for this month because I am on an easy, feel-good reading marathon these days and the blurb describes it as that. I have already read a couple of pages and so far I love Vaclav already. 😉
  • No Strings Attached by Mina V. Esguerra. It is no secret that I am a Mina V. Esguerra fan and I have already a complete set of her books! This copy is given by my Kris Kringle mommy, Cary, last December and I can’t wait to start!

My choices for this month are both light reads and I think they’re just perfect companions to my current Shopaholic series marathon (I am already on the 5th book!). I wonder for how long my mood for light, fun, and easy reads will last because I am also planning to read some of my “serious” and “masculine” books soon, such as these:


Other January Required Reading posts:


Tina of One More Page

Monique of marginalia

Maria of Reading Is The Ultimate Aphrodisiac

Tricia of In Lesbians With Books

Alexa of Code Name Blue

Angus of Book Rhapsody

Bennard of The Book Hooligan

9 thoughts on “REQUIRED READING: January 2013

  1. I went on an easy reads marathon back in December too because I was too busy! It’s fun! 😀

    Oooh and Pillars of the Earth! Maria and I are planning to read that sometime late this year. 3Q perhaps? Want to join us? 😀

    1. That would be great, Tina! I might just have given birth by that time and I don’t know whether I’ll be up to reading a doorstop like POTE but let’s see. 🙂 It would be doubly fun to have reading buddies for this book. 🙂

  2. WOOOT! Pillars of the Earth! Easily one of my favorite books of all time. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it! It’s a rather painstaking read because of the length, but it’s going to be SO worth it in the end. 😉

  3. I’ve read Tinker,Tailor,Soldier,Spy way back in high school and thus,my love affair with LeCarre started. I always cry in the end but you have to find that out for yourself. Another favorite LeCarre book is Little Drummer Girl. I’ve also read The Hunt for Red October and have diligently followed all Jack Ryan stories of Tom Clancy. Love it! You should find executive decisions. You’ll be surprised about the plot and, I’m on to book 5 of the Game of Thrones. I’m taking my sweet time. I don’t want it to end yet.

    1. Hi Nang! It’s actually Gian who bought the LeCarre and Tom Clancy books. He so wants me to read them soon, esp Tinker, Tailor but I just have to wait for the right “mood”. As to Game of Thrones, sigh, I don’t know if I am ready still for another doorstop but I certainly want to know what happens to Arya and all the other characters.

  4. Ooh, I miss reading Carr, Le Carre and GRRM!

    And here i go again with buddy reads (ikr) but i hope you can join me and Tina for PotE 🙂

    i was always sleepy too, when I was pregnant. I just want to lie down all the time!

    take care, Lynai. I miss you 😀

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