Rewind to a month ago. I said I only had one book to conquer for January, and that book is none other than Hilary Mantel's Man Booker-winning work, Wolf Hall, the first in the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy. While I must admit that I am still reading it right now (200+ pages to go out of 600+!), it's because I'm buddy-reading it with several friends at the book club and we've agreed to read portions of it at a specific time - more or less a hundred pages per week. Since the book is around 600 pages long and we started on the first week of January, my reading will then be extended up until February. There's absolutely no problem with that, though - for as long as I will enjoy and understand the book, I don't mind taking the time to read it.
But I also managed to finish reading two short books in January:
- Project 17 by Eliza Victoria - My favorite Filipino author's most recent release. Very Orwellian in concept. 4/5.
- Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss - My daughter's first Seuss - mine as well, hehe. 5/5.
Now on to the month's required reading list!
My sole book for reading this month was inspired by my current obsession over Tudor history, which, in turn, was piqued by my Wolf Hall reading.
Part of the reason why I was having a difficult time reading Wolf Hall, I realize now, is the fact that I barely know anything about Tudor history. So I decided to buy history books to dig up on the subject, knowing that it would be interesting (from Wolf Hall alone, the Tudor story already sounds intriguing!). On one visit to a favorite bookstore, I chanced upon a copy of this book and never let go - especially with a 20% discount to entice me. And this month, it will be for my consumption.
|Star the Slytherin Bear and G.J. Meyer's The Tudors|
- The Tudors by G.J. Meyer - If there's any non-fiction I would read, it would have to be something from history. I plan to drink up as much as I can on Tudor history because duh, royal intrigue! :D I'm totally devouring this all month - after I'm done with my reread of Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Stories, the discussion of which I'm moderating soon. And um, yeah, Wolf Hall. Of course. ;)
What are you reading this month? :)