Essential Reading: November
I know that it’s already very late to be posting this but I will anyway in order to have a semblance of order in this blog and also to maintain the monthly posting of my monthly essential reading list. As it is with my essential reading list for the month, I have a theme and the theme for November is (are?) books written by Nobel winners. But before I proceed, I will have a recap for the books that I’ve read last October and the essential reads last month comes first:
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (4/5)
- Le Bal by Irene Nemirovsky (3/5)
- The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith (4/5)
And my two non-essential reads last October (both are buddy reads):
- A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood (5/5)
- The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (5/5)
Surprisingly, both of my non-essential reads turned out to be the highlight of my reading last month. Also, I have now created a backlog comprising of these books:
- The Twenty-Seventh City by Jonathan Franzen – from my September list. I just can’t seem to finish this book although there is good writing within. Must be because of other books capturing my attention.
- Mrs. Dalloway by Virgina Woolf – from my October list.
- Bonjour, Tristesse by Francois Sagan – from my October list.
The two October books were stymied because my attention was captured by the numerous series that I’ve been watching so that I have no time to read these books. Although I hope I can finish them at the end of the year.
And now, for my November Essential Reads:
- Women as Lovers by Elfried Jelinek
- Leaf Storm and Other Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa
- Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburo Oe
- Beneath the Wheel by Hermann Hesse
I will admit that, except for Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I know nothing about the books that I am going to read this month. All I know is that they all won Nobel Prizes for Literature and, since reading is about discovery, I think its a good way to acquaint myself with new authors. As for Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I need to read a work of his since it’s my birth month and I need to give a gift to myself in the form of literature.
There you have it, folks. My reading list for the month of November. Wish me luck so that I will not have to add a book to my backlog at the end of the month.