reading challenges

October is here and how am I doing with my reading?

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 n...
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Required Reading: June 2015

Hello there! I should be doing something aside from blogging because I have weekend classes, but I can't seem to quiet the nagging voice inside my blogger's head, so here's the mandatory start-of-the-month  required reading post, albeit six days late. But first I recap of my May readings: Required Readings: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. 3/5 stars. Good premise but not so good ending. I mostly enjoyed the first parts before the "big reveal." A thrilling read, nonetheless. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. 3/5 stars. A poignant read ...
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[The Storied Life Challenge] Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl

*See details for The Storied Life Short Story Challenge here.   Lamb to the Slaughter is the only other Roald Dahl I have read so far, the other was  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I initially thought that this short story would be something feel-good or even childlike like Charlie. Consider the  pleasant innocence of the opening sentences: The room was warm and clean, the curtains drawn, the two table lamps alight-hers and the one by the empty chair opposite. On the sideboard behind her, two tall glasses, soda water, whiskey. Fresh ice cubes in the Thermos bucket. Mary Malone...
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2015 Required Reading: April

  Last month I lamented over the fact that I was on a blogging rut but I am glad that presently I am making progress in remedying the situation. Sometimes emotional chorva can leave you weak and unhappy and your momentum is disrupted but the good thing with emotions is that they come and go and life goes on again. Anyway, here's my reading update for March: Not By Sight by Jon Bloom. 5/5 stars. Held a book discussion on this with friends last March 29. Delightful and profound re-tellings of familiar Bible stories. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. 3/5 stars. I cry at the inj...
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2015 Required Reading: February

It felt like yesterday when I posted about my blogging goals and resolutions for the new year. The first month of the year seemed to have whizzed by, at least for me, as life seemed (it still does) to demand a lot from me lately. But there's no joy in complaints, so let me welcome this month with a hearty "hello!" instead, because, hey, February is one of my favorite months! [caption id="attachment_2439" align="aligncenter" width="427"] img src[/caption]   Before I get into my reading list for this love month, here's a quick recap of how I fared with my January readings:  Ghostwrit...
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