Hello, hello, love month! β™₯

January seems to have passed by so quickly, and even though I spent the later part of the month on bed rest, I was glad for the time to do some reading and catching up on my review backlogs! πŸ™‚ I only included two books in my January Required Reading list, and I must say that it was very very easy to finish them in time. In fact, I was able to finish all of them way before the month ended, so I decided to pick up 2 other books (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre and Killing Time by Caleb Carr) which I ditched after several pages because I was just not in the mood for some serious, war, conspiracy, and espionage stuff.

So, how did I find my January Required Reading books?

  • No Strings Attached by Mina V. Esguerra . 2/5 stars. It was a quick read and even though I exactly did not hate it, I just felt that I can’t relate that much with the main character, Carla, as well as all the other characters. I felt my age with this one but this does not mean that I will no longer read any Mina books. I still have two more of herΒ  books in line! πŸ™‚
  • Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner. 4/5 stars.Β I absolutely loved this book! I loved it so much I highly recommend this for those who want a warm, fuzzy read for the love month, but minus the chick-lit, typical romance story feel. πŸ™‚

Now for February!


Even though I don’t really follow a particular theme for my monthly required readings, this love month I decided to join in on the bandwagon and chose books devoted to love and relationships. Love stories are just perfect for this month, yes? πŸ™‚

Due to my dismal picks last month after I was done with my required readings, I decided to choose more than 2 books for this month because most in my list are just short, quick reads and I want to maximize my reading by not wasting any more time reading books which I may lose interest after a while.

Here’s my February Required Reading list:


  1. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. This may not be a typical romance/love story but I have for so long wanted to read this. So, after reading the blurb that it has some romance in it, I quickly decided to squeeze this book in. Plus, this will provide a serious balance for my other reads on the list. I am planning to read this last.
  2. My Imaginary Ex by Mina V. Esguerra. Yes, if you have noticed, I am on a Mina V. Esguerra roll since last year, and I won’t stop until I finish reading all of her books.
  3. Dead Stars by Paz Marquez Benitez. I am glad that we have this book as the book club’s monthly read because this will be a welcome addition to my personal challenge of reading more local books. Plus, I heard good things about this classic short story so I can’t wait to read it soon!
  4. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. This is a buddy read with some friends at the book club and this will be my second Dessen after The Truth About Forever (4/5 stars).

Cheer me on my reading this month, will you? Happy month of love! β™₯

Other February Required Reading lists:

Tina of One More Page

Β Angus of Book Rhapsody

12 thoughts on “REQUIRED READING: February 2013

    1. Thanks Tina! I’ve finished Dead Stars and This Lullaby and so far they’ve both been great! Northern Light is beautiful as well and I’m still halfway through. πŸ™‚

  1. too bad on No Strings Attached, haha. seeing A Northern Light in your list, sigh. i haven’t read my copy yet. kelan kaya? hihi

    Enjoy the love month, mommy Lynai!

    1. Hi Tin! Reading This Lullaby has indeed been more fun because of the buddy reading! I am loving A Northern Light so far. I love learning the new words. πŸ™‚

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