intentionally skipped doing was not able to put up a Required Reading post for July because a) I was not able to fix my mind what to read last month, and b) when I finally did, it was already the middle of the month so writing a post would be anti-climactic. BUT. I was still able to read (and finish!) several (really good) books last month despite the lack of a fixed reading plan.
- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. A buddy read with Gwaxa. It was not my most favorite Gillian Flynn novel, but hey, awesomesick Gillian Flynn is still awesome. 3/5 stars.
- Un Lun Dun by China Mieville. A buddy read with lovely Maria of reading is the ultimate aphrodisiac. One of my best reads this year, thus far. China Mieville is ♥. 5/5 stars.
- Just One Night by Gayle Forman. A novella about the “happily ever after” of Willem and Lulu (of Just One Day and Just One Year), which, in my opinion, is no longer necessary. Sadly, I was not happy. The only book last month that left a bitter taste in my mouth. I won’t even write a blog post about it (although I immediately ranted on Goodreads after I was done. Read here.) 1/5 stars.
- The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder. I read a good review about this book on Facebook one day and I instantly got interested. This is a short read packed with a lot of good things. Another favorite read of the year. I must (and should) write about this book soon. Let me sort out my life first haha. 5/5 stars.
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Another buddy read with Maria (you’re my favorite reading buddy already, haha). Ah, this is a lovely book. Lovely, lovely prose. 4/5 stars.
July was a great reading month albeit the lack of a reading plan. Now, let’s talk about August.
I had a great time last month because I read several books with really cool reading buddies and I want to continue that delightful streak. This month, all of the books I planned to read are group reads: one is the TFG’s book of the month while the rest are buddy reads.
- Fear of Flying by Erica Jong. The TFG Book of the Month. Started a few chapters and it’s both funny and annoying, so far. Isadora is whiny.
- Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. My first ever David Mitchell, and I’ll be reading this by the middle of the month with Meliza, Gwaxa, Tin, and Joy. 🙂
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Reading this with Meliza (the same Meliza in Cloud Atlas, hehe) and Joy. I’m almost halfway through and my heart is in shatters. </3
Hello, August. I am excited about you! 🙂