Friday, January 11, 2013

Required Reading: January 2013

Know those times when life gets in the way?  Well, life and I are having a huge stare down at the moment. It happens. (-•)۶Sorry for plowing into my reading without posting this first.

As promised, I will post my monthly reading list. The best way to do that is to join the Required Reading challenge. This challenge is hosted by Tina of One More Page, joined by other bookish friends. Basically, we are to pick books following a said theme (or not, still our call), and do our best to finish those before the current month ends.
Required Reading: January 2013

This are the rules:
  • Books chosen for the challenge should be in the current TBR pile as of the month of the Required Reading post. So if you decided to join at March, the books you choose for the month should be in your TBR pile as of February.
  • Galleys and ARCs can be included.
  • Posting reviews aren't necessary (but don't you want that out of the way, too?).
  • I'll be posting a theme every month but you don't have to follow that. You can choose a theme for yourself if you want to — what’s important is the books that you put there are books that you want to get to reading.
  • Lastly: have fun. If you don't finish a book, it’s okay! If you finish it, then…feel free to reward yourself with something. Like a new book. :D

Fair enough rules, right? Without further ado, here are my books for the month... Wish me luck... *crossing fingers*!
  1. Stargirl and Love, Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli. Both were reading challenges from my daughter since last year, and she wouldn't take no for an answer. Good thing Stargirl was a literary winner, which fell nicely into my personal reading challenge. 
  2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The TFG-F2F book of the month. I've read this before, but there was no harm in rereading it and join the online discussion.  Support, support! 
  3. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson. If you know me, you know I love Alex Cross, he's one of the series' I avidly follow. The next one's cover was already out, so I really have to finish this.
  4. No Strings Attached by Mina V. Esguerra. My pledge to support Philippine Literature by reading one a month. Besides, Mina is a TFG friend, so it's a good idea to start this year with one of her books.
  5. The Dracula Dossier by James Reese. A leftover from last year. It was practically shouting at me from the shelf... "Finish me! Finish me, you sloth!"
  6. Grave Goods by Ariana Franklin. Another series I'm following. It's been a long time since I last clasp hands with Ms. Franklin.


  1. Yay to No Strings Attached for this month! It's also in my list for the month. And welcome to the Required Reading gang! We can do this! :)

  2. I loved the Stargirl books! I loved the first one more, though. That's why I named one of my gadgets after it, hehehe. :)

  3. I can't say I like one better than the other. They compliment each other nicely, from both Leo and Stargirl's POV, which completed the whole story.
    That reminds me, I should write a proper review for this, at least for Cheyenne's sake.

  4. Wow! There are already nine of us who are doing this challenge. Yay! And that's a lot of books for one month. I'm jealous!

    1. Yes, hopefully more will join.
      Don't be jealous. Those were prescription, anti-depressants! :)

  5. Hi, Louize! Out of the 7 books that you listed for this month, I've read just 1, and that's Fahrenheit 451. I really, really like that book! I do hope you have fun during your discussion. It's this Saturday already, yes?

    I think I have Stargirl somewhere in my shelf. Good thing you reminded me about it. It's a quick read, I think, so I guess I'll spend one lazy afternoon reading that.

    1. Yes, it's this Saturday, at Figaro Coffee in Emerald Ave. Come join us!

      Stargirl was a quick read. Spinelli did the narration in one fluid motion. No down moments.