April is the cruellest month because it’s so hot. The heat has and is still making me restless, hence, my inability to finish the books that I planned to read last month. I only finished two. Heh.
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson – 5 out of 5 stars.
- Ulverton by Adam Thorpe – 4 out of 5 stars.
Aside from the heat, another excuse that I have is the number of activities that I attended for the book club. These were all scheduled during the weekends, and it is mostly on these days that I get a lot of reading done. Last excuse is that my social life went to a full bloom owing to the birthday dinners and hangouts that my friends organized. Yay!
Enough of excuses. I am plain restless, that’s all. So I decided to shake things up a bit. I am going to change the selection process for the monthly reading plans. I will no longer categorize the books; I realize that it’s a constricting habit that could only worsen my lack of focus. Currently, I just pick whatever that I immediately want to read, so I’m going to base my possible reads for the month from a stack of eight or so books that I feel like reading.
I say possible reads because I might change my mind again. You know how feelings are: one couldn’t really trust them because they could change so fast. That’s why I am giving myself some flexibility. Perhaps a reading stack would be quite helpful?
The Left Stack has the books that I haven’t started yet but which I am set on reading soon while the Right Stack has the books that I have already started and books that I am stuck with (Les Miserables, hello). So here they are:
The Left Stack:
- Dom Casmurro by Machado De Assis – borrowed from Veronica.
- House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – I’ve been dying to read this.
- Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace – and this one as well.
- A Lover’s Discourse by Roland Barthes – borrowed from Monique.
- Paper Towns by John Green – gift from Maria.
- Smaller and Smaller Circles by F. H. Batacan – our book of the month.
The Right Stack:
- Cathedral by Raymond Carver – on page 91.
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – on page 359. Yes, it was untouched last month.
- A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe – on page 26. A spillover from last month.
Okay, so what do you think? You think I can stick with this scheme or do you think I will change my mind again?