Essential Reading: October
For this month of October, my beloved book club will take on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and I instantly thought that this would be the perfect moment to read works created by female authors. I do not know why but my list of read books is lacking in works created by women. I do not want to think that I am sexist or anything because some of the works that I have immensely enjoyed were made by women (e.g. Nicole Krauss’ History of Love and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad) and I sincerely believe that female writers does not have that much difference with male writers and that there is no point in comparing them. Oh dear, have I become exceedingly defensive?
Anyway, before I continue with my essential reads for October, let us first see how my September went. Here are the books that I’ve read which are included in my September’s essential reads:
- Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon (4/5)
- The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (4/5)
- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (5/5)
If you noticed, I have not finished Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections. That’s because I have decided to buddy read it with Angus in either November or December. In its place, I have decided to read another book by Franzen titled The Twenty-Seventh City. Sadly, I haven’t finished it yet. Anyhoo, here are the other books that I’ve finished in September that are not in my essential reads list:
- Everyman by Philip Roth (3/5)
- A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (4/5)
So, five books for the month of September. Not bad, I guess. So, without further ado, here is my essential reads for October:
- Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan – This comes highly recommended by my girlfriend, Rhena. She says that it gives you a glimpse into the problems of the rich and it is about a girl trying to break up her father with his fiancé.
- Le Bal and Snow in Autumn by Irène Némirovsky – Another book that is recommended by Rhena. This time, the book contains two stories about the Russian immigrant experience which is my kind of stories.
- The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith – I have always been curious about the works of Zadie Smith ever since I’ve seen her on Granta’s 20 Best Young Authors list. The Autograph Man seems a nice introduction to her works.
- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf – Another author that I’ve been meaning to read lately and, since I am reading works created by female authors this month, I might as well bump her up my to-read list.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – My beautiful copy came from our moderator for the October F2F, DC. Since I’ve been provided a free copy for our October F2f and because I’ve been meaning to read Pride and Prejudice ever since I abandoned it in high school, I assumed that divine providence is telling me to read and finish it this time.
It looks like I will have an interesting month ahead of me. I hope I can finish early so that I can start TFG’s November read which is Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian. Clocking at 800+ pages, it is certainly a challenge to read and I hope to have a head start so that I can finish in time for our November F2F. Oh, by the way, my copy of the book came from Atty. Monique and I cannot stress my gratitude enough for her generosity. Ate Monique, if you are reading this, thank you again!:D
Well, there you have it. What do you have in store for your October?