October is here!


October is my favorite month 2

October this year is extra special. On the 27th, my baby and I will be celebrating our birthdays — my 32nd and baby’s 3rd month. Isn’t it just the loveliest? 😉

Reading-wise, I am planning to read something light and uplifting for this month. But first, here’s a report of my September reads:

I feel ashamed of the output of my September Required Reading — I wasn’t able to finish even one!

  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov — at 9%. It is not that the story is uninteresting. It’s just that I get easily distracted by other shorter books (hee) and I am also trying to finish Love In The Time Of Cholera which is the book club’s book of the month for August. Talk about backlogs. Heh.
  • A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin — on page 36 of 1128. Of course this book is one hell of a doorstop so my delay is understandable, but still, I am way behind the reading schedule set by buddies at the book club.

But here’s a bit of good news. Even though I wasn’t able to finish my September Required Reading, I was still able to finish several books — novellas, in fact, and all by Filipino authors — and this somehow eased my guilt regarding my lackluster performance about my required reads. Such happy distractions, yes? Here’s a list:

  • That Kind of Guy by Mina V. Esguerra — 4/5 stars. I can say that this is another one of my favorite Mina reads.
  • Vintage Love by Agay Llanera — 4/5 stars. Because falling in love is always fashionable.
  • Hello by Addie Lynn Co — 3/5 stars. If you believe in destiny and happy ever afters, then this is the book to read.
  • Cover (Story) Girl by Chris Mariano — 4/5 stars. Gio reminds me of my bookish crush, Lincoln! <3

Now, on to October slash my favorite month of the year.


I have no trouble keeping up with the reading goal I have set for this year, so I am going to slow things a bit starting this final quarter. And since I am working on my reading backlogs, I am going to read only two books for the month:

October 2013 Required Reading

  • Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. I’ve long wanted to read a Sarah Addison Allen and this book came as a common suggestion by friends. (Hello, Tina and Monique!) I want something light and fun and fuzzy for my birthday month, hence this choice. 😉
  • Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay. The book club’s book of the month. I’ve already downloaded a copy to Elle the Kindle but haven’t started yet (eeep!). High fantasy isn’t my cup of tea but I am willing to be surprised.

October should be a lovely month, so I will enjoy my reading as much as I can despite being busy with Nanay duties and work. Wish me a happy birth month? 🙂

12 thoughts on “REQUIRED READING: October 2013

    1. I don’t have any intention of abandoning it. I’m just taking my sweet time because I can’t help but feel icky each time HH tells his icky tales. Hee.

  1. so funny, coz Ramsey and I have the same day, birthday on the 25th!
    as for Lolita, I am halfway through 🙂 Lo-lee-ta!
    and I am on Part 2 of the ASoS. Sinong busy? haha!

    let’s celebrate our bdays together soon ha? 😉

  2. Advance Happy Birthday to you and your baby. What a lucky coincidence.

    And don’t feel guilty about not finishing all your required readings. I think everyone of us has our reading slump periods. At least, you were still able to read a lot of novellas. xD

    And looking at your October required reading, I think I should be the one feeling guilty. Not once did I join our book club’s BOTM. T_T

    I hope Garden Spells will satisfy your craving. 😀

    Once again, Happy Birthday!

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