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.

6 Responses to “Essential Reading: November”
  1. jzhunagev says:

    Happy Birthday, Bennard!
    Enjoy reading your books! 🙂

  2. Whoah! Where did you get that Oe book? And yay for this month’s theme!

    By the way, Jelinek is a daring writer that she borders on pornography. We have the same edition (I guess you found it at Book Sale?).

    • I read that Jelinek is indeed a “pornographic” writer that a member of the Swedish Academy quit his post. That made me more curious.:D And, yes, it’s from Book Sale.:D

      I found the Oe in Fullybooked Katipunan. It’s hard to find copies of his works so I decided to buy it.:D

  3. Lynai says:

    Belated happy birthday, Bennard! 🙂

    I have been seeing that Jelinek book at Booksale but I want to read The Piano Teacher first. I hope you get to enjoy your November reads! 🙂

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