July 4, 2012

REQUIRED READING: July

July! Another month gone, another month to conquer. For my reading list, as regular readers of this blog know, I only have one consistent theme: variety. It is key. :D

But first, a recap of my June readings:


I spent exactly 14 days reading The Executioner's Song with KD over at the book club, and then started reading Ender's Game right away. Unfortunately, I had a hard time with the first chapters of the book, and then before I knew it, it was time to buddy-read Ghostwritten with my uber favorite reading Buddy, AngusIn fact, I had just finished reading it and will write down my notes in a bit.

Now, for July.


      In addition to Ender's Game, which I'm currently in the middle of, these are the books that make up my reading list for July:







      Clockwise, from top right:

      • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro - A re-read, which I do very rarely (read: never?). Previously rated 4/5 stars, I need to read this again in time for the F2F7 on the last weekend of July. Like what I told a bookish buddy, who is this month's moderator, I feel like it's (also) my responsibility to defend not only the book, but also its author, from possible bashers. Oh, they're there, alright. :P
      • A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1) by Ursula LeGuin - carried over from June's reading list.
      • 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff - An "adopted" book, which is supposed to make me cry. Let's see. :D
      • Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen - My favorite YA book blogger, Tina, only has good things to say about this author. Another book blogger friend, Chris, suggested reading this first among Sarah Addison Allen's works. So, I thought, why not? Maybe I'll find I like her, after all. :)

      6 comments:

      angus25 said...

      What I do for Remains is that I follow the reading plan I made over at The Book Club. It's more or less 20 pages a day, and it makes the reading more focused. It doesn't compromise reading for other books (I managed to read the last third of Clear Island, Night Train, and Underground before I read the second part of Remains). But of course, I don't have wife or mommy duties (now it amazes me how you manage to juggle all that!).

      And by the way, if it isn't too much, can you please bring with you your Ishiguro books on our F2F? :D

      Monique said...

      BUDDY: I think I'll watch the movie, just to get the feel of it, and then AFTER, I'll re-read Remains. I still can't load the audiobook you sent, and the movie is cheaper than the audiobook on iTunes, so there.

      I have no problem bringing them all, but I need to know why. :P

      Haha, now you're amazed at mommies who manage to juggle work, home, and pleasure all at the same time. It's not so bad, really. It's just a matter of proper time management, and priorities of course. :)

      Lynai said...

      I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on Ender's Game. That Earthsea book, I always see copies in Booksale. Is that fantasy, too?

      Yay to variety! ;)

      Monique said...

      LYNAI: I must admit that I'm having a bit of a struggle with Ender's Game, but when I got past a certain point, OK na. Hehe. Yes, Earthsea is fantasy. Emir has read it already, and he likes it, so I'm taking my cue from him. :)

      Tina said...

      I have a LeGuin's A Hundred Thousand Kingdoms on my TBR, but I think that's adult fantasy? I hear her boks are good, though, so I'm quite excited.

      Also, yay, Garden Spells! That's such a good comfort read. :)

      Monique said...

      TINA: Yep, high fantasy. :) And yes, looking forward to reading Allen! :)