Hello, favorite month of the year!
Last month, I did not have any required readings for the month and I have not finished a single book. I am currently-reading two books which I started in September, though, and both are interesting except that I am not craving for the reading time as much as I did before. One of the books I am reading now is Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (currently on Chapter 21) and although there are some history bits about India that I am not very familiar with, I still find the political and historical aspects to be very interesting. Also, I love the humor in the narrative. Another book that I have randomly started and have grown to love reading is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Oh, the magic! Oh, the circus! Oh, Marco! I am falling in love with this book but I am not hurrying to finish it. I want to savor each moment. I actually have 8 more books in my Goodreads currently-reading shelf but I am also not in a hurry in finishing them. I have already weeded out some books I am willing to not finish reading while the rest will, I guess, just have to wait until my mood tells me to pick one again and finish it.
So, what’s my plan for October? Nothing. Well, except for reading one book. Despite the intentional lack of reading plan, I am still excited for October for a number of reasons. One, I have joined a writing challenge which will run every day for the entire month and my personal blog will become relatively busy for one whole month because of this. Two, I am excited to read Monstress by Lysley Tenorio, the book club’s book of the month. It’s been a while since I read short stories and I am looking forward to read some again this month through this book. Three, October is a special month for me personally because I will be celebrating my 34th (!) birthday on the last week. Birthdays are fun, yes? 🙂 I am also looking forward to reading the ARCs of I Crawl Through It by A.S. King and The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald although I am not sure whether I’ll be able to squeeze them into this month.
As you can see, I have no set reading plan for this month except for Monstress but that is fine with me. I have decided to not stress out over this slowing down in my reading because I am also enjoying other non-bookish aspects of my like a.k.a my daughter. I had an online conversation with some bookish friends and I sort of lamented the lack of any reading accomplishment lately. I also told them that one reason why I feel lazy about reading these days is because I am getting stressed out about my book review backlog. I think that maybe my subconscious is telling me to not read any more books because they will have to add to my un-reviewed books. I don’t know why I am so OC when it comes to “reviewing” every single book I finish reading. Basta. I know I will not be at peace until and unless I have cleared that backlog, haha! Let me think first about ways on how to do that before the year ends. XD
Happy October to me and to you! <3