Required Reading: August 2015

Required Reading 2015

It seems that July just flew by me and I didn’t even notice. A lot of things kept me occupied last month and I had little time for my books. I was still able to catch up with my ARC requests, though, but I wasn’t able to finish all the books in my required reading list. It’s better than nothing, anyway, because sometimes, one’s gotta do what she’s gotta do and sacrifice reading time for money-making ventures, if necessary. Haha.

My July Required Reading Update:

  • The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee. On page 83/225. Must speed up the pace because this book is supposed to be with me only until July. Ooops.
  • Home by Marilynne Robinson. Ah, tears. 5/5 stars. And added to my favorites shelf.
  • The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. Untouched. Carried over to August.
  • The Quiet American by Graham Greene. DNF. I couldn’t tolerate the typos on my e-copy. Since this book has good feedback, I’m still interested to resume reading once I can find a print copy.

Not in my required reading list but which I was able to read and finish last month are:

  • The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell. I loved the mystery and suspense, but I found the title unappealing. 4/5 stars.
  • Maggie’s Turn by Deanna Lynn Sletten. Realistic and emotional, but bordering on the overly dramatic. 3/5 stars.
  • The Color of our Sky by Amita Trasi. A compelling read. And it’s free for download on Goodreads. I recommend this book. 4/5 stars.
  • What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt. Very poignant and heart-breaking. One of my best reads this year. 4/5 stars.

Now, for August!

August 2015 Required Reading - 2

  • The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. Untouched last  month, I am putting this on top of my list for August.
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Read-along with Meliza.
  • Ubik by Philip K. Dick. The book club’s book of the month. Already finished reading this 3 days ago and my, what an absolute mindf****. 5/5 stars.

As I’ve said, I’ll finish up The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop and try not to digress from my reading plan. I still have a classic to conquer before the year ends which I feel I must start soon otherwise I might lose interest again. (Anybody wants to read along Wuthering Heights with me, do holler!)

4 thoughts on “Required Reading: August 2015

  1. Oh my goodness, you’re going to read A Clockwork Orange! It’s one of my favorites ever!

    I do hope that you get to find a good copy of The Quiet American. Graham Greene is one good writer. My favorite among his works is The End of the Affair, followed by The Orient Express.

    1. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Graham Greene. It’s only unfortunate that I couldn’t find a print copy in time for the book club’s book discussion. But I’ll be on the lookout for Greene’s books each time I visit the bookstore. I would like to read The End of the Affair. 🙂

      And oh, I am excited to read Clockwork. My buddy and I will start reading on the 15th! 🙂

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