May 2015: Required Reading

April 2015: Required Reading Report

1. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby - (5/5 Stars) It's funny, insightful, and a bit sad, for the most part. But it's still good fun.

2. The Whispering Muse by Sjon - (3/5 Stars) Beautiful prose, lyrical and poetic. Sjon tells Greek myth, as it should be told. But I think the story ended too abruptly.

3. Mythology Class by Arnold Arre - (5/5 Stars) Great story! Amazing illustrations! The chase sequence in particular is exciting and gripping!

4. I Don't Want to be Crazy by Samantha Schutz - (4/5) An honest account of anxiety disorder but the prose could have used more music. 

May 2015 Required Reading:

1. Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz - TFG book of the month. I am a little more than halfway through already and it's pretty character-centric. And Ari and Dante are shaping up to be interesting ones.

2. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri - This has been bestowed upon me by The Oracle for the TFG Reading Challenge 2: The Book of Dares. And it's my first Jhumpa Lahiri so I am excited. Also, I am going to buddy read it with a few friends!

3. This is How by Augusten Burroughs - I don't have that much success when it comes to self help but this one is a little different than usual they say. 

Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge Update: NINE tasks accomplished as of March, 2015

Task 1: A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25 - It's Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Task 4: published by an indie press - Van Gogh by Pascal Bonafoux (published by independent press Konecky & Konecky,U.S.)
Task 6: A book by a person whose gender is different from your own - Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
Task 7: A book that takes place in Asia - The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Task 11: A YA novel - I Don't Want To Be Crazy by Samantha Schutz
Task 13: A romance novel - Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
Task 16: An audiobook - Perdido Street Station by China Mievelle, as read by John Lee
Task 17: A collection of poetry - You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense by Charles Bukowski
Task 20: A graphic novel - Mythology Class by Arnold Arre


  1. Interpreter of Maladies is the book of my life. It's now up there on my list of favorite books of all time. I hope you'll like it! :)

    1. I hope so too! Okay, I got to thinking what'll the book of my life be? Haha! :)

  2. Okay, I'm going to say this not to discourage you...
    After I read Augusten Burroughs' Running with Scissors, I promised myself never to touch any of his books again.
    I'm saying this because I think you are very brave, and I hope this is not your first A. Burroughs. :)

    1. Yipes! This is my first A. Burroughs, akshelly! Haha! But I might have a different reaction to it though. I guess we'll know once I get there. (If not, I'll play with another book) :)

    2. I'll play with another book? Anu yan? LOL I meant play switcheroo with another book! Hahahaha.

  3. Read another self-help book! I know you don't want to read this. Hahaha! I'm kidding. And yay! HiFive!

    1. Baliw. Haha. I moved this na nga e. Supposed to read it last month but I opted for Whispering Muse instead. And I am tempted to defer for the next month it yet again. Hahaha! Hipster Amplified, Yeah!

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  4. One of my favorite stories in Interpreter of Maladies is Sexy. I hope you'll love it too. :)

    1. I hope so too Lynai! But so far I really like how Jhumpa Lahiri writes. :)


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