Hey, I’m still alive! It’s just that I’ve been out of the loop because of work load and lack of a stable Internet connection. I’ve been waiting for nearly a month for one of our national providers to get me connected, but still, there’s no follow-up from them. Welcome to the Philippines.
Anyway, here’s the stack of books that I intend to read.
The Left Stack (books I want to read soon and books I need to read soon):
- Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume – don’t judge me. This is from the Time’s 100 Novels.
- The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler – also from Time Magazine.
- The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis – from June.
- The Homecoming by Harold Pinter – a Nobel laureate. I would love to read something by Seamus Heaney, another Nobelist who died a few days ago, but I don’t have anything by him. So I guess this would do?
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – something for the Classics Club.
- House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – from May.
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis – and another more from Time Magazine.
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – our book of the month. I am still considering if I should get the annotated version.
The Right Stack (books I have finished and books I have yet to finish):
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – from June. 4 out of 5 stars.
- The History of Love by Nicole Krauss – from July. 5 out of 5 stars.
- Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace – from May. Currently on page 258.
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – from January. Currently on page 500.
- On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan – from July. 5 out of 5 stars.
- Steps by Jerzy Kosinski – from July. 4 out of 5 stars.
- Tall Story by Candy Gourlay – from August. 4 out of 5 stars.
- Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? by Raymond Carver – from July. 5 out of 5 stars.
So I managed to finish six books. Most of them are slim volumes and that’s exactly why I have selected slim picks for this month, not counting of course the spillovers that are still here from as far as May. I actually took out A Lover’s Discourse by Roland Barthes since I have resolved to return all the books that I have borrowed. I decided to finish what I have in store first.
Also, I am co-moderating our book club’s book discussion for this month, so I guess this will be another of those months where there will be long stretches of silences. I will try my best to keep up.