April 2, 2014

Required Reading 2014: April

It's 35 degrees outside as I type this, and boy, what I wouldn’t give for a tall glass of ice-cold mango shake right about now. Summer is definitely here – hello, April!

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But I’m not complaining. The other day I was thinking, is it just me or did March really take much too long? It felt like the days and weeks dragged by (taking me along with it), and so even with this debilitating heat, I felt glad when April rolled around. Brand new month for reading!

Here are the books I finished reading last month:

  • The Alienist by Caleb Carr – TFG’s book of the month. The first mystery I’ve read in a while. 4/5.
  • The King In Yellow* by Robert W. Chambers – Referenced by HBO’s True Detective. Weird fiction. 3/5.

I’m still reading The Tudors by G.J. Meyer, which is okay because it’s non-fiction, and I’m in no hurry to finish it.

And finally, for this month’s reading list:




Always my bookish model, Star the Slytherin bear. :)


  • Tenth of December by George Saunders – Read-along with bookish friends Honey and Angus. I’ve been seeing a lot of praises for this book, and it won the first Folio Prize so I have high hopes for this one.
  • If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino – TFG’s book of the month.
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith – Buddy read with Mommy Louize.

How about you? What are you reading this month? :)

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*Technically, I finished it yesterday, April 1st, but I'm including it in March, just because. 

9 comments:

angus25 said...

You know what? I don't have an official reading plan but I do have bedside books. They are:

The Trial - 75% done.
To the Lighthouse - I'm going to read this earlier than everyone.
Tenth of December - Because we are reading it together.
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler - Truth be told, if I didn't find a copy, I was going to borrow from you (an excuse to meet, hihi).
A Heart So White
Swann's Way
Wolf Hall - It's on the bottom of the pile. :D

Peter S. said...

Oh, I've a few books you mentioned -- The Alienist, White Teeth, and If on a winter's night, a traveler. They're lovely reads!

I've also read the sequel to The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness. A bit longer than the 1st book, but not as thrilling.

Interesting story about how I got my copy of White Teeth. I got it at a coffeeshop in Boracay! I'm an early riser (like 4 am every day). While R. was still sleeping, I went to a cafe nearby. The cafe had a shelf with books for their customers. I picked up White Teeth, and then after reading it for a while, I asked the owner if she'd be willing to sell it to me. She agreed! But not after calling her daughter in Manila. Hehehehehe.

Monique said...

BUDDY: I'll crack my copy of To The Lighthouse as soon as it arrives. Hehe. Ordered from TBD.

Oh, we need no excuse to meet up! When are you free? :)

PETER: I truly enjoyed The Alienist but I'm not sure if I'll read the sequel anytime soon. Looking forward to read Calvino and Smith soon, though!

Is the coffeeshop Real Cafe? I think it's the only cafe I've seen around White Beach that has books. Unless, of course, it's a cafe located somewhere else, like off the beach. :)

Louize Gonzales said...

Oh, yes, the White Teeth. I have not written my April list yet. Will do it ASAP.

Angus is being a polygamous reader. If the meet up pushes through, SAMA AKO! I miss you guys.

I also think Peter means Real Cafe with the calamasi muffins!

bennardfajardo said...

Yey for George Saunders! I loved one of his collections, Pastoralia, and I'm looking forward to reading Tenth of December.:)

bennardfajardo said...

Yey for George Saunders! I loved one of his collections, Pastoralia, and I'm looking forward to reading Tenth of December.:)

Peter S. said...

Oh, I forget the name of the cafe. All I remember is that it was in Station 1, and that there was a Lonely Planet clipping posted in the cafe. It's been endorsed yata by Lonely Planet.

Lynai said...

I have White Teeth on my wishlist so I might take occasional peeks into your buddy reading thread. :)

And yay, you're doing buddy reading again. :)

Happy summer, Monique!

Tin said...

Tenth of December! Yay! I have gotten into the habit of liking your goodreads updates for this book. Hahaha. :D