Required Reading 2013: July

June felt like a short month, which is kind of strange because there were days that I spent at home, writing, which should be slow days. Or maybe it’s because I was on a mid shift schedule so my days were faster? Either way, I really was in a reading rut last month because I didn’t feel like reading much, except maybe something light and romantic. Still, I managed to finish the only book in my reading list for June — a day late for the discussion, but still, I finished!

  • The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (3/5) – It was fun in some parts, but also equally not fun in other parts. It was a lot of parts dragging, though. Maybe Chabon isn’t for me? Or maybe I should try another Chabon book? I had a lot of fun during the discussion, though, so I did my best to finish the book even after. I am keeping my copy on my shelf because it looks nice there. :D

Required Reading: July

We are now at the second half of the year, eep! A bit of panic mode, but not really with reading, because I find that I am still on track with my reading goals (the 52 books challenge is upped to 75, btw). I think I am out of my reading rut. I think! I hope these books really bring me out of it!

Required Reading for July

  • A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin – Finally moving on to the second book in this series. I don’t think I will be able to do a marathon reading for these books, so one a year should suffice? :) Reading this with some buddies, and I’m expecting it to be as fast-paced as A Game of Thrones was, so this shouldn’t take me that long to read it, right? :)
  • The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen – Ah finally. Some good old contemporary YA from my favorite contemporary YA author. I started this already, and it’s nice to go back to Dessen’s writing. :)
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Our book club’s book for discussion this month, moderated by our book club’s canon couple, Bennard and Rhena. :) This is my first GGM, and I don’t really know what to expect. I read the first few pages of this earlier and I like the opening line: It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love. Well that was quite a beautiful (and sad) picture.

I hope July will be a good reading month for everyone. :) Happy second half of 2013!

9 Thoughts on “Required Reading 2013: July

  1. Good luck with A Clash of Kings! More for the length, though, not on the content. (I know you know what to expect from Martin, so.) :D

    • I read GoT in two weeks, I think? I hope ACoK will be just as fast. :) (Kind of a good thing that I’ve read the August book so I won’t have to read it again!)

  2. All along I thought I was the only one in the book club who gave Kav & Clay 3 stars. Hee. ;)

    Also, I’m so sorry for backing out in the Martin buddy read. After JSMN and the Chabon reads, I feel I’m not ready for another chunkster, especially at this month. Like you, I’m excited with Love in the Time of Cholera, and it’s my first GGM too. :)

    Hurray to July! :)

    • I think Ronnie gave it 3 stars, too! It was such a struggle to finish!

      And don’t worry about it! Haha, you have something else to be busy with this month! Or, someone, rather. :) Yay to July, indeed!

  3. Yay! I’ve enlisted only 3 books for this month too. I claim that we shall conquer both GGM and GRRM this month! LOL

    Here’s my list…

  4. Yay for ASOFAI! I have actually started on A Game of Thrones this July. And I want your minion! Haha! :)

    My list is here:

    • Heh, I have 2 out of 9 minions from McDonald’s! The others are all out in the McDo branches near the office. Good luck with GoT! :)

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