Required Reading: October 2014

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Will you look at that, it’s my favorite month of the year. Yay! ♥

But before I get celebratory for my birthday month, here’s a quick recap of my reading last September:

  • Selected Stories by Alice Munro. Currently halfway through the 12th story (Chaddeleys and Flemings) of this 28-story compilation. I have learned that Munro’s stories need to be consumed slowly, with necessary breaks in between, so I am not hurrying up.
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. 4/5 stars. The ending was a disappointment but I enjoyed all the bookish references. I am also planning to read all the short stories mentioned at the beginning of each chapter.
  • Boys and Girls by Alice Munro. 3/5 stars. How a young girl discovered her “role” in society. A Short Story of the Month featured on The Short Story Station.
  • Jon by George Saunders. 4/5 stars. Set in a futuristic society, a young man makes a choice for love. I am awed by George Saunders’ prose. Another Short Story of the Month featured on The Short Story Station.

For October, considering that it is my birthday month, I have decided to go easy on my reading. It’s not as if I’ve been too hard on myself, reading-wise, but I find that sometimes having a reading plan makes me feel a bit pressured. So for this month, I will not require myself to read and finish a certain book/books. I might finish all my other unfinished books (i.e. Code Name Verity, Selected Stories), or I might not even read anything at all and just work on my blogging backlog, although the “not read anything” might be improbable because I still plan on reading some short stories this month, particularly the featured stories on The Short Story Station (A Sheltered Woman by Yiyun Li and A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman) and some local stories (i.e. Footnote to Youth by Jose Garcia Villa and How My Brother Leon Brought Home A Wife by Manuel E. Arguilla) my mother had encouraged me to read.

I am actually excited about the no required reading plan for this month. It makes me feel more celebratory (haha). So, here’s to winging it for October! 🙂

 

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