Hey book worms! Missed you all!
So as I mentioned on my last post, I was not able to do much reading last month due to depression stemming from the one year anniversary of my baby’s death.
I am glad now that I had created a wish list instead of taking myself too seriously and committing to a list of books that I’d never read only to make myself feel awful for never finishing it.
Hopefully things will be different this month.
But anyway, let’s get started with this month’s list!
I first read this book back in High School but my underdeveloped and less experienced mind couldn’t grasp nor understand some of the topics brought to light (abortion, premarital sex, mental health, self-harm…). I already started reading it and… well…
2. The Bible
I started getting more into the bible this year and vowed to finish it before or by the end of 2017. Of course, I wasn’t looking to read it all just for the sake of saying ‘I read the ENTIRE bible!’ but also for the sake of growing closer to God, and to find healing and hope. Unlike the last several years, which had been focused on reading more of the New Testament, I started familiarizing myself with the Old Testament this year and I must say… God has brought it to life for me. I have a few more books left to read, but I may need to take my time reading them to get the most out of it.
3. We Are Okay
I was drawn to this particular book for the title and art cover. I tried cramming it into my TBR list last month but realizing that it would be about grief and loss, I didn’t think that would be such a great idea. Reading sad books when you yourself are depressed is a recipe for disaster… at least for me. Fortunately, I think I can finally open this book and see why so many bookworms are talking about it. It’s also a short read, so that helps me tackle other books on my TBR list for this month.
4. It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Yet another book on mental health and self harm. I had been wanting to read this book for a while now and finally decided to check it out of my local library. Not only is it about mental illness, the book also carries other themes such as being yourself and finding who you are. It is kind of a long book, so I am not 100% certain that I might finish it this month, but I’m definitely going to get started on it soon.
5. Me Earl & the Dying Girl
The art cover and title of this book looked and sounded kind of funny.. also clever. The story centers around Greg and his friend Earl making movies together until Greg’s mother forces him to spend time with his childhood friend Rachel who is dying from Leukemia. It sounds like a bitter sweet story about friendship and loss. Hopefully I’m not an emotional wreck once I am done with this book.
6. The Lord of Opium
Last but not least, I hope to start and finish the sequel to the 2002 novel House of the Scorpian.
Here’s a brief synopsis ::
Matt has always been nothing but a clone—grown from a strip of old El Patron’s skin. Now, at age fourteen, he finds himself suddenly thrust into the position of ruling over his own country. The Land of Opium is the largest territory of the Dope Confederacy, which ranges on the map like an intestine from the ruins of San Diego to the ruins of Matamoros. But while Opium thrives, the rest of the world has been devastated by ecological disaster—and hidden in Opium is the cure.
For those of you who haven’t read House of the Scorpion… I HIGHLY recommend it! You will not be able to appreciate this book until you read the first part. I tried finding this book at the local Barnes & Noble and at the library but I guess a lot of people have been waiting for this book just as much as I have. I finally had to purchase it on iBooks, but I am also thinking about ordering the book off Amazon just to have a physical copy.
Obviously these are not the only books I will be cramming into my reading time. There are also the other books I never got to finish last month, including Fan Girl and The Wish Granter.
What books have you read from my October TBR List?