September was a slow, slow reading month around these parts. And I started out so optimistic about my reading plans, too. I started the month with a list of nine books I was hoping to get read. I actually got through six books this month, which is not nearly the pace I was hoping for. Only three of them were books from my possible list (those in bold), but that’s ok — to do lists were meant to be ignored!
- The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder
- Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
- The Art of Fielding by Chad Harnach
- State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
- Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson
- Page One: Inside the New York Times edited by David Folkenflik
I did just finish a fourth book from the list, Big Girls Don’t Cry, yesterday afternoon, but since it was October 1 I don’t get to count it in September. Oh well.
I have an equally aggressive and unlikely reading list for October. The nice thing about this list is that it’s pretty heavy on the “books I want to read” and less heavy on the “books I have to read” — always a plus for me. Here’s what I’ve got…
Books I “Have” to Read
(Books that have a more firm obligation tied to them like choices for a book club, a book tour, or a freelance review)
- Tension City by Jim Lehrer, which I’ll be writing a freelance review for mid-month.
Books I Should Read
(Review copies being published this month [or books I missed in the past that I still want to get to], books from the library, or community reads I’d like to participate in)
- Monsters in America by W. Scott Poole, which is a book coming out this month that I’m also hoping to read for the RIP Challenge.
- What It Is Like to Go To War by Karl Marlantes, which I wanted to read last month but didn’t get to. It’s nice and short, so no excuses this time.
- Badasses by Peter Richmond, a history of the 1970 Oakland Raiders. I got it for review when it came out in hardcover but didn’t read it then. It’s coming out in paperback this month, so I’d love to get to it.
Books I Want to Read
(These are the random books calling my name from my shelves RIGHT NOW)
- The Race Beat by Gene Roberts and Hank Kilbanoff because Cass (Bonjour, Cass!) keeps telling me to read it and I finally have it from the library. It’s a looong book, so I’ll have to make some time for it.
- The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston, which I found while researching spooky nonfiction to read during October.
- Ghost Hunters by Deborah Blum, which is also on my RIP reading list and should be awesome!
- Never the Hope Itself by Gerry Hadden, which is a book about life in Latin America post-9/11 by an NPR journalist… it looks so good.
Given my reading pace over the last month, I highly doubt I’ll get through all these books. However, there is Dewey’s Read-a-Thon coming up on October 22, which could help get through some extra books this month too. Last Read-a-Thon I decided to read only books I didn’t feel like I had to review, so I might pull an entirely different pile.
Honestly, is there anything more fun that putting together piles of books to read? I guess finishing books, but that’s not been happening around here much lately