I skipped last month’s Required Reading post so I’m going to enumerate here the books I read in August and September:
1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – (5/5) I admire Atticus Finch and I love the innocence of the children. The Boo Radley storyline is interesting too.
2. No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay – (5/5) I love most of her poems. And although a few of them in this collection didn’t resonate on me that much, there’s no doubt that Sarah Kay’s poetry touches a lot of people especially when she performs.
3. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess – (4/5) I had a headache at first in deciphering the futuristic teenager language in this novel. A man’s goodness and freedom of choice are addressed here.
4. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel – (4/5) All my life, I viewed latitudes and longitudes with the same value. But this book taught me about the very significant longitude problem and how John Harrison solved it.
5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – (4/5) Holden Caulfield is really an icon of teenage angst. I ended up liking the book more that I thought I would. I guess it reminded me of some of my cynic thoughts when I was still young. Haha!
6. Lightning by Dean Koontz – (4/5) Interesting novel about time travel. I was often not convinced of stories about time travel due to their confusing complications, but this time it’s better because of more solid rules regarding paradox.
7. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – (4/5) So, this is only a draft before To Kill a Mockingbird. Still, I believe that those who like To Kill a Mockingbird should read this even if for no other reason than to read flashback stories of Jem, Scout and Atticus Finch that I really enjoyed.
8. It’s Raining Mens by Bebang Siy – (4/5) Funny but heartwarming collection of both fiction and autobiographical stories of the author.
9. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe – (3/5) I learned more about the tribal culture and tradition of Nigeria. Such as? That Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of yams. Hehe!
For the month of October, these are the books that I plan to read:
1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle – I was encouraged to read stories about Sherlock because of the TV series and because this is included in the TFG Filipino ReaderCon 2013 Recommendations List.
2. Monstress by Lysley Tenorio – Our bookclub’s book for this month.
3. Drown by Junot Díaz – One of the book choices for our bookclub this month. And I voted for this.
4. Death with Interruptions by José Saramago – A gift I receive almost two years ago. I think I’ll enjoy this book with death as both a phenomenon and an anthropomorphized character.
What about you, what are you going to read this month? Anyway, I hope we’ll all have fun reading!