2014 Required Reading: March

I’ve been meaning to write this post at the beginning of the month, but just like my reading which I had taken the backseat the past few days, I seem to have lost my drive in blogging. I honestly can’t find any other reason for this reading and blogging slump except for the fact that I’ve been tired most of the time and every break time I get which before I used to spend reading/blogging I now spend sleeping or just surfing the net. As of late, Goodreads tells me I’m already one book behind my goal and I have a couple of review backlogs– but I don’t even feel guilty or pressured about it. Well, maybe, slightly guilty. Which is why I finally hauled my ass in front of the PC and write this belated post.

Alright, enough blabbering. Before I go to my reading plan for this month, how did my February fare? (Is it just me or did February pass by so quickly?) As I’ve said I’m having a (mild) reading slump, such that out of the 3 books  I planned to read last month, I only finished 1. Plus, of course, the book club’s book of the month.

Here’s a quick report:

  • A Feast For Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin. Unfinished. Currently at page 164 of 1039.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Unfinished. Currently at 12%.
  • Just One Year by Gayle Forman. 4/5 stars. The only book I finished because I was eager to know what happened to Willem. I still have to write a post on this book. Soon, I hope.
  • (TFG’s Book of the Month) What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Stories by Raymond Carver. 4/5 stars. What do I talk about when I talk about this book? Read it here.

Now, on to March!

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This March, as I finish correcting my students’ final exams, I will also endeavor to finish all unfinished readings. All of these books were from last month, except for one which I dropped when I read it first because I couldn’t take the icki-ness of the subject. Let’s see how I’d fare this month as I pick it up again.

Here are the books:

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  • Interpreter of Maladies: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri. After What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, I have taken to reading short stories these days and this is one collection I am enjoying a lot. I have already read 5 out of the 9 stories and so far I loved all of them, particularly A Temporary Matter, Interpreter of Maladies, and Sexy.
  • A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin. It’s cool, I get to read Cersei’s POV this time. I hope to finish this book this month so that I can finally read A Dance With Dragons which is the last book available for reading in the series. When will Mr. Martin finish writing the 6th book? Or has he, already?
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Talking scarecrows, tin men, and coward lions are eventually growing on me.
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. All right, I’ll see for my self whether the lovely prose really overcomes the icky subject.

The book club is reading The Alienist by Caleb Carr this month, but I’ve already read it a few years back, so I won’t include it any more in my list. But I’ll still be posting on the online discussion because the lovely Maria is moderating. 🙂

Here’s to finishing unfinished business. Have a productive march everyone! Summer is here! 🙂

3 thoughts on “2014 Required Reading: March

  1. Hello Lynai!

    Don’t worry about that slump Lynai. Reading is for pleasure, and should be whenever we feel like. 🙂

    I don’t know if Martin has finished the 6th book, or as to when it will be released. It’ll be a big day, I bet. Fans will surely camp out of bookstores. There will be massive lines everywhere….Hee hee.

    I must try Jhumpa Lahiri sometime. But I don’t think I’d be picking up Lolita anytime soon. Haha.

    Here’s to a great March Lynai!

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