Required Reading: September 2014

August came and went and it all felt like a blur; suddenly I heard Christmas songs being played on a radio station. We Filipinos do like celebrating Christmas as soon as “ber” months start rolling, and as long as we spread warm and fuzzy Christmas vibes all around, it’s all good. Reading-wise, August was a pleasant rush of buddy reads and group reads. Two of the three books I’ve listed for August have spilled over to September, but I think I’ll be able to finish them in a few days.

A quick recap of my August books:

  • Fear of Flying by Erica Jong. Currently at 30%. I have stopped trying to psychoanalyze Isadora Wing (haha) and focused on her prose instead.
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. A couple of pages and I’ll be done reading. Fine, Mr. Mitchell. You’re a literary genius. 😀
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell. 4.5/5 stars. “Wasn’t that the point of life? To find someone to share it with? And if you got that part right, how far wrong could you go? If you were standing next to the person you loved more than everything else, wasn’t everything else just scenery?”  Ah, my heart.

And now, September!

Hello September

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I only lined up two books for this month: one is the TFG Book of the Month and the other is a venture into another short story collection.

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  • Selected Stories by Alice Munro. I have developed a liking for short stories ever since I read Raymond Carver’s stories and when I came across a copy of this collection from a highly acclaimed short story writer, I knew it’s  time that I delve into the beauty of short stories. 
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. The TFG Book of the Month which will be discussed together with another book club, Flip Flipping Pages.

Aptly too, as September is short story month for me, some of my book club friends have collaborated to set up The Short Story Station — ” team blog dedicated to short stories.” I am joining them in their Short Stories of the Month: Jon by George Saunders and Boys and Girls by Alice Munro. This is going to be fun! 🙂

12 thoughts on “Required Reading: September 2014

  1. Wow, thank you for the support and helping us promote(what Alexa called) our colla-blog! It truly warms the heart. 🙂

    Yay for Cloud Atlas! <3

    (And look, we both have the same Hello, September image. Hihi! Great minds think alike!)

    1. Don’t mention it, Monique. I love the colla-blog and I’m looking forward to reading more shorts with you guys. 🙂

      I didn’t notice the image on your post haha! Sorry bout that. I only Googled that. It’s lovely kasi, no? 😉

  2. A lot of these books are new to me, Lynai. I am only familiar with Landline. Ahhhh! Time flies so fast. It seems like January was only yesterday and now, we’re already a few months away from December. 😀

    I hope you’ll be able to read all of your to-reads this Sept!

    1. I know, right. Before we know it, we’ll be posting our reading resolutions for 2015 haha. Oh, you might want to read The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. It’s been said to be a book about books, and what kind of reader can resist that description?

      Have a lovely September, Charlotte! 🙂

  3. I should really read more short story collections. But I have to finish my dare reads first. Hehe!

    And thanks for coaxing me into buying Landline. I had fun reading it with you. 🙂

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