Reading List 2015: July

It's the middle of the year today, which means half of 2015 is officially past. Really?? Where did my 6 months go? How time flies, indeed.

A quick check of my 2015 read shelf over at Goodreads shows that I've already finished reading 19 books so far. For someone who doesn't really read that fast (well, by my own standards at least) I think I'm doing well. 19 books means I get to read 3 books on the average per month, and that's good for me! No reading slumps so far, but I'm not crossing my fingers now, right?

Before I proceed to this month's reading list, a quick recap of the last month's books:
  • The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett - The book club's book of the month. 3/5.
  • Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel - Spillover from May. Currently at page 322 of 404. Fewer than a hundred pages left!
  • How to be both by Ali Smith - A little underwhelmed with this book. 3/5.
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - What a mess of a book! Ugh. 1/5.

I'm itching to write my thoughts about The Goldfinch, which so far holds the record for being my sole 1-starrer this year, but I need to tackle one other book first.

And now, for my July books:

  • Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald - Buddy reading this with some friends from the book club. A challenge to read!
  • Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel - Almost done with it anyway but I'm still including it.
  • The Tudors by G.J. Meyer - Left this one on hold last year when I reached halfway, and now I'm picking it up again because I want to read about non-fiction side of Mantel's Booker babies.
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan - Over the weekend I saw the film adaptation showing on HBO, so I remembered that I was due to read this this year!
  • The Quiet American by Graham Greene - The book club's book for the month.

How about you? Anything interesting you've lined up for July? :)


Anonymous said…
Did you finish watching Atonement? Also, I can't wait for the Goldfinch hatchet job. I intend to read that soon.
Louize DG said…
As much as I am looking forward to your Goldfinch review, I dread the day it will be included for next year's dare. :)
Monique said…
BUDDY: I didn't really watch it because I didn't want to be spoiled. I just saw James McAvoy getting ready to deliver a letter, I think? And then I switched the channel na. Hehe.

MOMMY L: I was actually thinking it might be included in next year's dare read. I'm already sorry for the person who'll pick it! :(
Tin said…
Ack! One star! Haha. Now I know why The Goldfinch has caused such an uproar in the literary world, with it winning the Pulitzer and stuff. I guess it's one of those love it or hate it books. :)
Anonymous said…
Ooh, 1 star for The Goldfinch. The little chance I had before of reading this is now changed to no chance at all. Hehe!

I'm happy you're going to read Atonement this month. I hope you'll love it.

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