To be honest, I was dreading to post this month’s Required Reading not because of the Love Month-related content perse, but because of the result of last month’s readings. I don’t understand myself when it comes to commitment to reading one book at a time because during January, I think I started 5 books but never actually got past 3-4 chapters each. Same with the books I was supposed to read last January. Anyway, despite of my short attention span last month, I was able to read seven (7) books! Well, sorry to say that the required books are not included.
- Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore; Illustrated by Brian Boland — read a copy during my stay at my cousin’s house; This is a really nasty and disturbing backstory of the Joker. You’ve got to read this! (Of course, it’s Alan Moore’s storyline so it’s really great).
- I am Going to be Small by Jeffrey Brown — e-book copy; Jeffrey Brown is known for his autobiographical comics but this book is a collection of funny, laugh-out-loud comic gag strips he’d done over the years.
- The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick — e-book copy; I reviewed the book over my blog [“Life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real life often ends badly. Literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly.” ― Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook]
- Perrault’s Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault — e-book copy from Gutenberg website; collection of fairy tales that we’d known that was introduced by Disney but the stories here are known as the “unsanitized” version of the stories.
- Optic Nerve # 1 & 2 by Adrian Tomine — e-book copy; Optic Nerve floppies contains stories that left me thinking because of their vague endings. I guess Tomine wants us to create our own interpretation endings or just want to troll us bothered by the endings. IDK. I love the underground comic styles and I still love floppies! My favorite story was the Connecting Thread (ON#2) which reminds of the times how I want to write about strangers I wish I talked to.
- The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman; Illustrated by Dave McKean — softbound full-color copy; I’d love to read this book out loud to kids where I can re-enact it with pig puppet and wolves. It’s amusing and funny! [“When the Wolves Come Out of the Walls, It’s All Over” —The Wolves in the Walls, Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean]
Required Reading is a reading challenge that is really about getting some books off the Mt. TBR. Just as the name of the challenge meant, Required Reading is about choosing some books that must be read within the month. It doesn’t have to be the only books you read in a month, but they should be read (or at least, started) before the said month ends.
I had some rules on this last year that really applied to me, but in case other people want to join me, here are the rules:
- Books chosen for the challenge should be in the current TBR pile as of the month of the Required Reading post. So if you decided to join at March, the books you choose for the month should be in your TBR pile as of February.
- Galleys and ARCs can be included.
- Posting reviews aren’t necessary (but don’t you want that out of the way, too?).
- I’ll be posting a theme every month but you don’t have to follow that. You can choose a theme for yourself if you want to — what’s important is the books that you put there are books that you want to get to reading.
- Lastly: have fun. If you don’t finish a book, it’s okay! If you finish it, then…feel free to reward yourself with something. Like a new book. :D
Here we go again with the Required Reading but believe me or not, I was excited that I was to write about the books I’m going to read this month! Besides, it’s the Love Month and I think it’s proper to throw in book titles that have romantic themes, yeah? So here we go:
1. Stardust by Neil Gaiman; Illustrated by Charles Vess — actually, I have two copies because I thought the other one was comic version of the story but it wasn’t (and this was given to me by Dra. Ranee during our TFG Christmas Party!). It has the same content of the other copy (a movie tie-in) but accompanied with great illustrations by Charles Vess! I’m a big fan of Neil Gaiman and I always make sure to include any of his books to read every year.
2. Put The Book Back On The Shelf: Belle & Sebastian Anthology edited by Eric Stephenson — I’ve been eyeing this book since I saw this copy from Jom‘s shelves! Luckily for me, he agreed to swap this and 2 other books with my hardbound copy of The Eternals by Neil Gaiman. Better to read this while listening to their album, Dear Catastrophe Waitress. 3. Dead Stars by Paz Marquez Benitez — the book for the month for the book club! Will be moderated by lovely Tina of One More Page. You can join our online discussion here!
4. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen — buddy read with TFG friends! This is my second Sarah Dessen book (if I’m not mistaken) and hope it will not disappoint. OH, DEXTER, DON’T DISAPPOINT. You can also join our buddy read here!