July wasn’t really a great reading month. Between school and family stuff and work, I did not read nearly as much as I wanted to. I’m not really sure how reading is going to go this month, because I’m starting my thesis (eek!), but hopefully I will be able to read a decent amount. I also have to read a total of four books in the next eleven weeks for my thesis class, so I’m not including those here (because I haven’t decided what they are yet), but I will put up a full list after I send it into my professor. Here are the other books I’m hoping to read this month:
1. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. This book won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and it sounds amazing! (I read the first few pages in the bookstore, and it had to come home with me.) It’s one of those books that intrigues me, but is unlike anything I’ve read before. It also fits one of the reading challenges I had a hard time finding a book for, so it’s a no-brainer. I just need to find where I put my copy…
2. The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. I actually already started this one, and I am really enjoying it! It’s about the war surrounding the patent for the lightbulb. I haven’t read anything by Moore before, but he wrote the script for one of my favorite movies – The Imitation Game – so I’m really excited about this book. Plus, it’s already being adapted into a film (with Eddie Redmayne), and it hasn’t even been released yet! Must finish soon.
3. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. My mission to read one nonfiction book a month has been going swimmingly (I just adopted a weird, posh accent in my head as I wrote that), and lately, I’ve been into books by comedians. I finished Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me? last month and loved it. And I did like what I’ve read of Modern Romance so far, I just need to pick it back up.
This month’s theme for the Reading New England Challenge is: a children’s book. I’m pretty excited about this one because I am finally going to read:
4. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert Mccluskey. Despite walking past this statue in Boston dozens of times, I have yet to actually read the book. So I will be reading it this month. (Which is kind of perfect, because it’s a super short read, and I still haven’t finished last month’s book.)
This month I would also really like to finish Moby Dick (hopefully in the next week or so), and make some good progress on Alan Turing: The Enigma. Because that book is huge, and I know it’s going to take me a few months to get through. (Side note: WHY did I decide to read so many large books this year? I feel like every book I pick up is at least three inches thick.)
And, since I have a week off before staring my thesis, I decided to participate in the 7 in 7 Readathon, which involves reading seven books in seven days. I started yesterday by reading The Cursed Child (review will be up Wednesday) and am planning on finishing The Last Days of Night today (hopefully). Not sure what else I’m going to be reading – maybe Saga Vol. 6 – but I will do a wrap up post after the readathon is over!
Keep an eye out for my thesis reading list, and let me know what you’re planning on reading this month! Are there any new releases you’re excited for?