July is finally here! And as I’ve said on my Facebook status: I know this month has something wonderful in store for me!

July youre here
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Reading-wise, I am glad that at the end of the first half of this year, I was able to read 28 books out of the 30 which I set as a goal at the beginning of the year. June was a little bit slow because classes have already started and I now have shorter reading time. Still, I was glad to have read two of the three books I have lined up for the last month:

  •  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. Quite a challenge to read and it was such a big relief to have finished this chunkster. 3/5 stars.
  • Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman. My first foray into short story collections. Neil Gaiman, your stories are beautifully strange! 4/5 stars.
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry. Untouched. Moving this to a later month this year.

And now for July!


I was caught in a bit of a dilemma when I found out that I have joined three buddy reading schedules for this month (one is quite a chunkster), and all are to start at the same time! So I had to back out from the chunkster one because I know that I just cannot give justice to the books — and to my buddies! — if I push myself like that, and this is not even the best time for me to stress myself. Talk about being ambitious, haha!

Anyway, here are the books I have lined up for this month. All are e-copies. (Note to self: I should really start working on the physical books piling up at the side of my bed. Heh.)

July Required Reading

  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. A buddy read. I have already watched the Swedish movie adaptation and I liked it so much I want to read the book.
  • Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. TFG’s book of the month. My first GGM and I have high expectations considering that this is a Nobel Prize winner.
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Another buddy read which I whimsically joined, haha. It’s a good thing my buddies (hi laslas-girls Ella, Cary, and Anna!) are so intent on trying to understand the nuances of suicide and hate. 😀

Hop on to Tina’s blog for other required reading lists.

Happy July! Will you be kind enough to wish me all the best for this month? 🙂

8 thoughts on “REQUIRED READING: July 2013

  1. What a coincidence! I’ve read all 3 of the books that you plan to read this month! Woot! Let me just say that I found all of them enjoyable.

    Regarding the Larsson novel, the 1st one is still the book that I love best. I loved closed room murder mysteries, and this book had a huge element of that!

    1. The Marquez book is a bit a challenge to get into. Right now I am enjoying Larsson more (I love mysteries too!), so I guess I’ll just have to push 13 Reasons to the last week of the month. 🙂

  2. The Girl with Dragon Tattoo is awesome. Lisbeth Salander is an extraordinary super sleuth! As for 13 Reasons, I think a movie adaptation is in the works. Disney star Selena Gomez is rumored to play the lead. Lots of luck with GGM! He is actually on my most intimidating authors list. Hee.

    Have a great July Lynai! 😀

    1. Hi Tin!

      I loved the Swedish movie of TGDT, and I liked Lisbeth Salander even then. I’m glad that the book provides more details about her character.

      I don’t know whether I should be excited for the 13 Reasons movie. I am irritated with Hannah’s whinings already haha!

      Happy July to you too! 🙂

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