February 2, 2014

Required Reading 2014: February

It's only the first day of the second month of the year, but to me, it feels like the new year has been around for quite a while already. But where did January go?

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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.

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? :)

10 comments:

angus25 said...

Hay Buddy, I wish I could share your enthusiasm for the Tudors. I have so many things in my mind and so many stuff that I want to do. But yes, we will conquer Wolf Hall!

bennardfajardo said...

You might want to check out the TV show, The Tudors, since you're in the middle of your Tudor obsession.:)

Depending on your reviews of Wolf Hall, I might bump up Wolf Hall up my TBR.:)

Monique said...

BUDDY: Haha, don't worry about that. I know that history isn't very interesting for many people - fiction is so much more fun! ;)

BENNY: I will check that out, after I'm done with the two books on the subject. :)

If I were to rate Wolf Hall now, it would play between 3 and 4 stars. :)

Tin said...

A friend of mine once recommended Philippa Gregory books. But I just haven't found myself drawn to the Tudor stuff(even the tv series Bennard mentioned). Like you said. Fiction is just so fun! Hee.

And in between 3 and 4 stars is a pretty good rating though. Enough to continue on to Bring Up The Bodies? :D

Monique said...

TIN: If I rate this 4 stars, that'll be because of the effort and the time I've spent on it, hahaha! Let's see. ;)

Louize Gonzales said...

Oh. I think Wolf Hall just dropped a couple more notches from my 2014 reading list. :(

Peter S. said...

Hi, Monique! I'm a bit of a Tudor buff myself. I've read 2 books about the wives of Henry VIII! And, for a certain period, The Tudors was my favorite show! Too bad it ended after 4 seasons.

Monique said...

MOMMY LOUIZE: Well I'm not done with it yet, and my buddies are also in the middle of reading it still. Let's see the verdict when we're all done. ;)

PETER: Isn't this dynasty just so interesting?? So much intrigue! I'll try to watch The Tudors when I'm done reading my fill. :)

dementedchris said...

Don't you just love Eliza's books? I could really imagine Project 17 as a movie.

Monique said...

Hi CHRIS! I LOVE Eliza and her books, I really do. Project 17 was a bit too sci-fi-ish for me but it still worked, and yes! Why not make it a movie? It will be totally awesome. :)