November 4, 2013

Required Reading 2013: November

Well hello there, favorite month! October has passed by in a blur and all of a sudden, you're here! And I am so, so excited. Oh, it's going to be a heck of a busy one - just like any other month, really, because look at that, my planner says all weekends are already full! - but I'm psyched, anyway. I know this month is going to be fantabulous.

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Last month, I picked only two books for my required reading list, as the other one is a tome. It also happens to be the book club's book for the month so I was forced constrained pressured hard-pressed to finish it in time for the discussion. Also, since I did some volunteer judging work for the 3rd Filipino ReaderCon this year, I had to read three (3) Filipino novels before a specific date. AND I also joined a blog tour for a local children's non-fiction book, I managed to read that within the month as well. To recap, here's the reading report for the month of October:

  • Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay - The book club's book of the month. On identity and memories. 4/5.
  • Woman In A Frame by Raissa Rivera Falgui - Filipino historical fiction. Rating temporarily withheld.
  • Voices in the Theater by A.S. Santos - Paranormal society, angels, demons. Rating temporarily withheld.
  • Salingkit by Cyan Abad Jugo - Filipino historical fiction + new wave. Rating temporarily withheld.
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - Hello, fluff and fuzz. 4/5.
  • Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman - Fun, fun read! 4/5.
  • Drown by Junot Diaz - Carried over.

And so without further ado, here are the books that I have chosen for November:




  • The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster - The book club's book for the month. My first Auster.
  • Drown by Junot Diaz - The wild card entry for my F2F poll (theme: short stories), to be held on February 2014. Carry-over from last month.

How about you? Are you reading anything interesting this month? Let me know what it is! :)


4 comments:

Peter S. said...

I love it that Penguin publishes The New York Trilogy. Such beautiful editions! Yours is quite elegant!

Tin said...

NYT is my first Auster too. City of Glass was a bit odd and perplexing. But I'm still sticking with the book. :) And I loved Tigana, gave it a five. :D

Monique said...

PETER: Thank you! Although it's funny that I couldn't find that particular cover in the Book Depository site now, from where I bought it. Haha!

TIN: Omigod, City of Glass drove me crazy. It still is, actually. XD

Lynai said...

Happy birth month, Monique! And I agree, your NYT copy is so pretty (and uncommon). :)