Essential Reading: September
August may have been my most productive reading month in terms of works read. This is primarily because I read a lot of novellas this month and because I don’t have a social life except for my girlfriend and for TFG. It may seem sad but it is not since I’m not really a going-out-the-door-to-party-or-to-go-to-the-mall kind of guy and I like where I am right now. But enough about me, let us start first with what I read this August (including my essential reads and nonessential reads):
- Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal(5/5)
- Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco (4/5)
- Reportage on Lovers by Nick Joaquin(4/5)
- Gagamba by F. Sionil Jose(3/5)
- That Kind of Guy by Mina V. Esguerra(3/5)
I managed to finish all my essential reads for the month of August (the theme is works written by Filipino authors) which are all above 3 stars for me in Goodreads so I think it’s not a bad list. I managed to read these in between essential reads or sometimes alongside them:
- Man in the Dark by Paul Auster (5/5)
- Wit by Margaret Edson (4/5)
- Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger(3/5)
- Shopgirl by Steve Martin (3/5)
All of the books that I have read are brilliant in their own way and I have really enjoyed this month. I just hope that this reading streak will not drown in the busy-ness of the succeeding months. Anyhoo, without further ado (damn, it rhymes), here are my essential reads for the month of September:
So the theme for the month of September is contemporary American literature. I’ve been wanting to read these four authors for months now and I decided to make it my essential reading for the month of September to maybe inspire me.
- The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon – I was hoping to read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay but I can’t find an inexpensive copy so I opted for his other work which, if rumors are to be believed, is being made into a film by the Coen Brothers (who are my favorite film directors ever). Plus I’ve read Chabon’s The Final Solution which is a homage to Sherlock Holmes and I loved it because it was Sherlock as I’ve never seen before.
- The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen – I have been hearing praises for this book and I have been curious about Franzen for quite some time now since his most recent novel is being heralded as a candidate for the “Great American Novel”.
- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides – Again I am curious about this book and the praises that it has been receiving. I mean the title alone is enough to captivate a bibliophile.
- Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon – Psychedelic Drugs. Los Angeles in the 1960s. A drug-addled PI. That is enough to convince me into buying this book. And I hope this will prepare me for the monstrosity that is Against the Day and Gravity’s Rainbow.
- The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell (not pictured) – The title alone is making me curious and I have read Mitchell’s short story, Judith Castle, and, from that experience, I know how he can make characters interesting and believable. Plus it is also my first buddy read with Atty. Monique and Angus; and my second buddy read with Mae. So color me excited.
This month is going to be an interesting month. I am going to be introduced to four new authors (not including tose whose books are nonessential for this month) and I am going to have a buddy read with three interesting and bookish people. Bring it on September!