Required Reading: May 2015

Required Reading 2015

Hi, everyone! April was, surprisingly, an awesome reading month for me as I was able to finish the two books on my reading list and then I found out that I still had enough time before the month ended, so I squeezed in (and finished!)  a few more additional books and novellas. (Alas, I cannot say the same about my review backlog.) My reading this month became a breeze because of the summer break which meant I had more time during evenings and because halfway through the month, my book club held a reading marathon of YA books so I joined in the fun. Doing so made me realize how much I missed reading YA.

Here’s a recap of my readings last April:

  • When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro. [Required Reading + Buddy Read] Memory is an unreliable witness and Ishiguro candidly captured its very essence. The prose was very solemn and moving. Also, the mystery of the disappearance of the main character’s parents was what kept me going. 4/5 stars.
  • High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. [Required Reading + TFG Book of the Month] Rob Fleming made me feel like a nagging mother. 2.5 stars.
  • Shine by Candy Gourlay. [Non-required Reading] What are monsters? What are ghosts? A remarkable book by a Filipino author. Highly recommended. 4 stars.
  • The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart. [Non-required Reading] Ruby Oliver has too many men (boys) in her life that she can possibly handle. But I loved how she resolved to rise up above that terrible break-up. I just hope she finds other friends. Who cares about Kim?  3 stars.
  • Unseen Moon by Eliza Victoria. [Non-required Reading] Disturbing and haunting, but beautifully so.  4/5 stars.
  • Cities by Carla de Guzman. Parallel universes and fate. Great narrative. This local author is something to look forward to. 3/5 stars.
  • Wedding Night Stand by Mina V. Esguerra. [Non-required Reading] Something sexy from Ms. Esguerra. Not exactly my most favorite work, though. 2/5 stars.

That’s 8 books in all! *claps* 🙂

For this month, I have lined up 5 books because I want to take advantage of the remaining month of the summer break. My Goodreads Reading Goal is set to 24 books but as of the moment I have already finished 15. I think I’ll be able to surpass this challenge before the year ends. Well, I always underestimate myself. Anyway, here are the books I plan to read this May:

Required Reading May 2015

  • What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt. I’ve read many good reviews about this book and it was by pure chance that I found a copy one day while I was browsing Booksale. Reading this second week of May with another bookish friend, Tricia. 🙂
  • Home by Marilynne Robinson. This is a long overdue read. I know I need more time to focus on the lovely writing of Marilynne Robinson so I thought why not this month when I am not (so) busy?
  • Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers. Reading this with the girls at The Reading Club.
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I have actually finished this two days ago. I bullied some friends to read this with me and I finished reading this overnight. I liked the suspense and the mystery but the “great reveal” came short of my expectations. 3.5 stars.
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. The book club’s book of the month. I am at 35% of the book and I am also trying to discover what the secrets are with Ari and Dante.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, friends! 🙂

6 thoughts on “Required Reading: May 2015

  1. The Girl on the Train is so far the most hyped book I’ve been seeing lately. I’m curious about it but I want to read Gone first. 🙂

  2. It’s good to know that you acknowledge what you did as bullying. Haha! But I don’t regret reading The Girl on the Train. It’s been a while since I read something like it.

  3. The Disreputable History was a fun read, The Boyfriend List might be good second E. Lockhart. Pero saka nalang, quota na sa YA ngayung buwan thanks to Maria. LOL

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