Required Reading: June 2013

May felt like a long month, don’t you think? Well, there were 31 days in the month, so I guess it was long, but it felt like I was out for so many things, and I did so many things…but also wasn’t able to.

So a few things I did in May, which I hope will explain a bit of my absence here:

  • I attended two weddings – one for my brother’s best friend and another for my college roommate. I love weddings. :)
  • Book discussion, as always, and several movies. It was a chill month for the book club, partly because April was so darn busy, but overall, it was a good time to be relaxed.
  • I started (and finished) watching Firefly. And why did I wait this long to watch this series?!
  • I busied myself with writing my novel for Mina V. Esguerra’s romance writing class (aka #romanceclass). I wrote about writing middles and how I kind of hate it, but I reached THE END the other day, and I’m all squee. <3

The reason I wasn’t able to finish all my books for May even if they were mostly thin books is because of the last item in my list — I got so consumed with writing that my mind refused to accept anything that isn’t contemporary romance. So, there. But I did finish most of them!

  1. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (5/5) – Lovely, lovely book about people who became friends over books. :)
  2. Smaller and Smaller Circles by FH Batacan (4/5) – A reread, and I liked it as much as when I read it the first time. :) The discussion was really fun, too. :)
  3. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver (5/5) – Love, love, love. <3 I want to read more Carver after this.
  4. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (4/5) – My second chunkster! I liked how this ended. :)

Four out of six. Not bad.

And now let’s go to June.Required Reading: June

June feels like that kind of month. I don’t know, but I just don’t feel like reading. I feel like it’s a spillover from the last month, and my brain still needs a rest from all the writing. I intended to read two books this month — thick ones, too! — but I decided to push the other one to the next month and just concentrate on our book club’s book of the month:


So for June, I am only requiring myself to read one book. (If I finish more, then yay)

  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

My good friend Tricia is moderating this discussion for the book club this month, so I am pretty excited. Now if I can only start reading this…

Check out my friends’ reading lists for June, too!

6 Thoughts on “Required Reading: June 2013

  1. Hmm, a timely discussion would be the reading slump thing over at our group home. No worries, and don’t feel bad about not feeling the urge to read as much as you used to. We’ve all been there. It’s a cycle. :)

  2. One good thing about my own reading slump is because I was able to work on my review backlog. :) Don’t worry, you’ll get your reading groove back soon enough. :)

    Here’s my June list:

  3. Hey, don’t sweat it, sweety. Everyone deserves a rest once in a while, and that includes from reading too. Start on a new tv series. I’ve started on Alcatras this afternoon, it’s interesting. :)

  4. I knew I should’ve just picked one book for June. Haha. But I need a breather, hence, the Jhumpa Lahiri pick. ;)

  5. I’ll have to add 1,2,&3 on my list. Especially curious about #3. And like they all said, don’t sweat the reading slump. I second Louize’s tip, watch some tv series., whether old faves or new ones. :D

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