August 2, 2013

Required Reading 2013: August

The very long month of July is past, and here comes the equally long month of August. July was an eventful month in many ways, good and bad, and so I welcome thee, August, with open arms.

image source

Last month, I decided to pick only two titles for my reading list:

  • A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) by George R.R. Martin - Fire and blood. 5/5
  • Stoner by John Williams - untouched.

Yes, it took me nearly the entire month to finish reading the fifth (and definitely, not last) book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, so Stoner will be carried over (again) to another month. But I also managed to read these two other titles before the month ended:

  • A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4) by George R.R. Martin - Nothing happened here. 3/5

For August, I am picking two titles carried over from previous months' reading lists, plus three Filipiniana titles - all in celebration of August as the Buwan ng Wika here in the Philippines.




  • It's a Mens World by Bebang Siy - After the 2nd Filipino Readers' Conference in August last year, I immediately bought myself a copy of this debut work by the author, which won for her the Essay Anthology award in the very first Filipino Readers' Choice Awards. After an entire year, I'm finally picking it up.
  • Tall Story by Candy Gourlay - The book club's book for the month.
  • Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri - Currently reading.
  • Stoner by John Williams - Currently reading.

The Filipiniana books are very slim volumes, so I'm confident that I will be able to finish all the books on this month's reading list. Perhaps, I will have time to add one more before the month is over? ;)

Happy August, friends! :)

5 comments:

Tin said...

Yay for A Dance with Dragons! Meanwhile, I'm still about 20 chapters shy of finishing the second book. Sigh. If only I can read faster, so I can get to the fifth book. Hihi. And also, Yay! for All's Fair in Blog and War! It was a fun, romantic, travel read. :)

I'll be taking note of the Filipiniana books you have here.

Have a great August!

Louize Gonzales said...

Is it just me or spillover is really the trend this month? I too have two from last month.

Hope you finish your list, sweetie. And congratulations on conquering the 5th GRRM.♥

Monique said...

TIN: GRR Martin has us all hooked, haha. Hope you get to finish ACoK soon! :)

MOMMY LOUIZE: We just had too much going on last July so we were all unable to finish our reading lists? Oh well. No pressures, right? Have a good week, Mommy L! :)

bennardfajardo said...

I will take note of your reaction to It's A Mens World.:D

Tina said...

Unseen Moon! :) Send me a message when you're reading Ghosts of Sinagtala, okay?

Hm, maybe I should pick up It's a Mens World too. It's been on my shelf for a long time now. :)