I have a theme for this month. It’s a first, but it’s nothing ingenious. In fact, it’s very common for the month of February. Yes, I am picking books with the words heart or love in their titles. But before that, let’s see how January went.
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – 3 out of 5 stars.
- The Fish Can Sing by Halldor Laxness – 4 out of 5 stars.
- This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz – 4 out of 5 stars.
Additional Books Read: None
The 2013 Reading Backlog: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – currently on page 145. It’s now official, this backlog tracking.
And now, I’m proud to present this month’s lovely reading plan:
- The Noble Nobel Project: Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda – it’s my first time to read a whole poetry collection. I’m still wondering how to do it. Should I do one poem a night? Should I read each one aloud?
- The Classics Club: The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen – I was considering another book, but I caught the spine of this and felt that it’s a good time to read it. It’s actually this that inspired the theme.
- GR-TFG’s Book of the Month: Dead Stars by Paz Marquez Benitez – this is not a novel. This is not even a standalone book. This is a short story discussed in most college English classes, although we didn’t discuss it from where I graduated. It beat Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerra and From This Day Forward by Marla Miniano at our offline and online polls. I voted for it because it’s short and it’s a good thing that I did because of my current backlog. And oops, this doesn’t have the words heart or love, but this should be exempted because this is a book club pick.
- The Fourth: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver – finally, I’m reading Carver. And yes, I’m on a short story roll.
There. I hope I could do better this month. This should be quite fast, right?