Required Reading: October

Just like that, we’re in the final quarter of the year. How about that!

September wasn’t a bad reading month, but a lot of things happened in my personal life which also kind of affected my reading, but not in a bad way. And there were also many changes that happened in our book club which kind of took me by surprise, but I think things have settled down now, and I hope things can only get better after this!

But interestingly, I managed to finish 3 out of the 4 books I listed for September’s Required Reading. I think I also managed to blog a bit more in September, although I am still very far from getting my blogging backlog cleared. Oh well. If this keeps up, I will probably end up working on that backlog until December. But anyway. Here’s how September went:

  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (3/5) – I enjoyed this a bit more than I expected, and the book discussion helped me appreciate the book more.
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (5/5) – Oh my stars. I loved this one. I wrote more in my review, so all I’m going to say now is that I am looking forward to reading everything else that Mitchell wrote. And watch the movie.
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (4/5) – It’s been a while since I read fun YA fantasy, and this one was not just fun, but also quite deep. I liked how whimsical and smart it is and it’s made its way to my best of 2012 reads. :) I can’t wait for the next book.

So, October!

Required Reading: October

So, my October choices have me just a bit nervous because I’m not a fan of this genre, but of course, I have to let myself experience the chills every year, right? Right? So bring on the horror, yes?

  • The Viewless Dark by Eliza Victoria – thanks to Flipside for the review copy of the ebook. :) I’ve read some of Eliza’s short stories and I really liked them (review coming…sometime), and I’m looking forward to this one a lot. :)
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – This is really supposed to be our book of the month for our book club for November, but seeing its length, I thought I’d start it early. It’s a good thing I’ve read October’s book of the month already. :D Monique says this isn’t really horror anyway, but knowing my weak nerves…yeah. I will probably get creeped out. :D
  • The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey – I have been so excited to read this book since I finished The Curse of the Wendigo last year, but I had to hold off because this is the perfect Halloween read! I’m buddying up with some TFG friends for the last week of October to read this. Snap to! :)

I’ve also got two classics up for this month – Little Women and a reread of Pride and Prejudice, so it’s going to be a busy reading month for me. I just hope I get out of this slump. :D And you know, blog more.

Happy October, everyone!

12 Thoughts on “Required Reading: October

  1. And this reminds me to plan my October reads (and manage my reading with due consideration to possible distractions). I also plan to read The Historian early on. Its number of pages is very intimidating!

  2. Welcome October! I’m quite excited to read the Monstrumologist series, tbh :D The sem break could not come sooner (though I doubt I would wait that long)!

    (84 days and 40 mins. before Christmas!!!)

    • I think you will like The Monstrumologist series! I’m not sure if you’ll get grossed out, but since you’re studying to be a doctor, I hope not? :D But I really think you’ll like Will Henry.

      (And yay, Christmas soon!)

  3. Creepy reads you have there for my birthday month! Haha! :)

    Here’s my October list:

  4. Yay for October! I got some scary reads line up for this month, too. and hooray for The Historian :)

    • Oooh you know what I suddenly remembered? You reading ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD while we were in Quezon! It took me ages to read that, but now I’m looking forward to the next book. But I bet I wouldn’t read it for October either. :D

      I’m really looking forward to The Historian! :)

  5. oh, yeah! Alona gave me an ebook of Girl of Nightmares, but I’m waiting for my HB copy from Amazon. So, I’ll be reading that next month :)

  6. Why is “Flesh & Bone” by Jonathan Maberry not in your October required reading? :'(

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