Required Reading 2013: October

And just like that, it’s the fourth and final quarter of the year. October means there’s just one more month to go before I turn another year older, and just a couple of months before that “most wonderful time of the year” – Christmas!

We don't have autumn here in the Philippines but if we did, I knew it would be my favorite season. Just look at these lovely leaves~

Last month was a good reading time for me. I didn’t finish all the books on my required reading list, true, but that’s okay because (1) it’s just one book; (2) it’s a tome, and; (3) there were good reasons not to finish reading it – one is the fact that I already need to round up the books that will make up the list of nominees for the book club’s February 2014 read.* Here’s the full report on my September reading month:

  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov - The book club's book for the month. This is statutory rape. 3/5.
  • The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis – Done with the first part, Break It Down. Will start on the next one, Almost No Memory, soon.
  • The Book of Other People edited by Zadie Smith – Hit or miss collection, very few hits. 3/5.
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver – What do we really know about love, anyway? (Not included in the required reading list.) 4/5.

This month, because it’s a busy busy time at work and because I signed up for some volunteer work at the 3rd Filipino Readers’ Conference on the second week of November, I have limited my reading to two books:

  • Drown by Junot Diaz – I fell in love with Junot after The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – so much that I named my reading gadget after the protagonist – and This Is How You Lose Her last month. I can’t wait to read this debut work.
  • Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay – The book club’s book of the month. The theme is stand-alone high fantasy.

There will be more readings in between but I’m hoping I could find time to read them all and manage my personal life and work as well. And after October, it’s ReaderCon month! See you there? :)

*It's my turn to moderate a book club discussion again, after my first one in November last year when I moderated the discussion for "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova.


Peter S. said…
Hi, Monique! Oh, you didn't like Lolita that much? It's one of my favorite novels! Anyway, that's what makes discussing this book quite an interesting experience, yes?

Tigana! I'm loving that novel!
Monique said…
Hi Peter! :) Well, yes, I would say I didn't like Lolita all that much compared to my other friends who raved about it. I loved how it was written and all, but the content and theme just didn't appeal to me. :)

Yes, Tigana! I have yet to get into the groove of reading it but I'm hoping I will, soon! ;)
Anonymous said…
Really? I just realize now that Oscar is named after Junot's Oscar. But yeah, I have never asked. :D
bennardfajardo said…
Like what Angus said, I didn't realize that Oscar is named after Junot Diaz's work.:)

It seems that his books have been getting good reviews lately. Might pick it up soon.:)
Monique said…
BUDDY: I got my Kindle just a few days after reading Oscar Wao. I initially thought about naming it "Junot" but "Oscar" sounded much better. ;)

BENNY: You should! :)
Tina said…
Still haven't read any of Junot Diaz's books. I should add that for next year's reading list. I would try to put it in the last quarter of 2013 but I don't think I'd have too much time anymore.

I also want those shoes in the picture. Hehe. :D

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