September 2014: My Month in Books

Books Read:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing – M.T. Anderson

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald*

Books Bought:

An Appeal to the Toiling, Oppressed and Exhausted Peoples of Europe by Leon Trotsky

The Gallic War by Cesar

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

Confessions of a Crap Artist by Philip K. Dick

Augustus by Anthony Everitt

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

In Ashes Lie by Marie Brennan

Midnight Never Came by Marie Brennan

This is a Love Story by Jessica Thompson

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

You Deserve Nothing by Alexander Maksik

*Re-read

This post is quite a few days late. I’ve been falling behind on posts for this blog and I promise to try to get on top of things. I write these blog posts when I have the time to devote to it because I’d rather update every couple of days with well thought out posts than update everyday with rushed, hurriedly written posts.

September was a slow reading month for me compared to the last couple of months. One Hundred Years of Solitude took a long time for me to read and I spent a lot of time on The Great Gatsby, despite it being a re-read, because I wanted to read it carefully for the analysis posts that I would be writing on it. I may be falling behind on my Goodreads reading goal and have barely made a dent on the To-Be-Read pile on my bedside but that’s alright. Quality over quantity. I want to devote a lot of time to books like One Hundred Years of Solitude and properly process it rather than rush through it. Reading isn’t a race, it’s an experience. It should be savored.

I said in last month’s post that I’m going to try other book formats such as ebooks and audiobooks. That hasn’t been going so well. I don’t really like reading on my small phone screen and when I have the choice between picking up my phone to read something or picking up a physical book, I choose the book all the time. I’ve been trying to listen to an audiobook as well but that hasn’t gone so well because I always fall asleep while listening to it. I guess it doesn’t help that I listen to it late at night in the dark while lying on my bed but there really isn’t any other time in the day that I would want to listen to an audiobook. I don’t drive far enough everyday to warrant listening to it in the car. I don’t know, maybe audiobooks just aren’t for me. For the particular book I’ve been listening to, I’m a bit irritated by the voice of the reader so that’s also a factor. There’s just really nothing that can beat a physical book for me. That being said, I’m not ready to give up on ebooks. I’m getting an iPad Mini pretty soon and I’ll see how I feel about reading on a tablet. I’ve also traded in my current iPhone for the iPhone 6 Plus but it won’t arrive for another 3 weeks or so. Maybe I’ll like reading on the bigger phone better.

I want to thank you all for reading my analysis posts on The Great Gatsby. It may not have generated comments and discussion but the two posts have been my most consistently viewed posts in the last week and brings daily hits to my blog even when I’m not posting daily. This month I’ll be reading and analyzing To Kill a Mockingbird and I hope you will all join me for that. I’ll make a post about it in the next couple of days.

I’m already anticipating that October will be an even slower reading month for me than September. I’ve started an internship at a publishing company recently and I’m still adjusting to a new schedule. I’ve also decided to join Nanowrimo next month (for the first time in 3 years) and so I’m preparing for that as well. However, I’ve already built up a small backlog of books I need to write reviews on so there will still be plenty of reviews and fun posts popping up this month.

Hello October! Let’s do some reading. 🙂

P.S. I know I bought a lot of books this month. In my defense, I went to Moe’s Bookstore in Berkeley for the first time early last month. It’s a used bookstore that is 4 floors of books. How could I walk away empty handed? I can happily say that almost all of the books listed above were bought at independent bookstores and not bought on Amazon.

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2 thoughts on “September 2014: My Month in Books

  1. I felt the same way about ebooks for a while. I started using my phone, but the screen was too small. Because I receive ebooks from Net Galley I needed to find a device that worked for me. I got a Kindle Paperwhite and so far I really love it. 🙂 Also, I really jealous about all the books you got. My fiance has banned me from purchasing any additional physical books until we have a larger place. That’s another reason I need to use the ebooks. Lol.

    • Yes, ebooks from Net Galley is exactly why I’m attempting to find a way for ebooks to work for me. I was tempted by the Kindles, especially now that they’re getting increasingly cheaper but my family kind of all decided to get iPad Minis and I got included in that.

      Ha, ebooks are good at being sneaky. I’ll give it that. I don’t blame your fiance, books are such a pain to move, but…they’re so pretty and nice. It’s hard to resist them lol.

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