October! The month of readathons, the beginning of fall, my birthday month, and the month of loads of homework for uni. However, I’m so excited to read a lot of books this month! Now that my Goodreads 2017 goal is actually 2 books ahead, I want to challenge myself and read even more so I can have 5 books ahead of my goal. Sounds insane, but I don’t care. I’m ambitious!
I am also attending two readathons this month: Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon (which I’ve joined a long time ago) at the 21st, and MercysBookishMusings’s Autumn Readathon which will happen from 22nd to 29th October.
So here are the books I’m planning to read in October.
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (Kindle).
I’m currently reading this novel on my Kindle and not loving it but not hating it. It’s definitely not as good as his other novel, Never Let Me Go, but then again this is so different in content and even writing style from each other, it’s hard to compare the two. I’m around 80% through, so I’m positive I will finish it this month. I will also write my thoughts about the book in my Goodreads and weekly/monthly wrap up, as usual!
Bumi Manusia by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
An Indonesian literary classic, this first book in a four-book series is written a long time ago by a phenomenal author about the beginning of the Indonesian nation in the early 20th century. I haven’t started this yet but I’m planning on reading it on the first week of October. I have a goal to read at least one Indonesian book each month, and I’ve always wanted to read something by Pramoedya because it’s like one of the must-read books in Indonesian literature, and I’m ashamed to be an Indonesian who hasn’t read a famous classic!
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (Kindle)
I’m planning on reading this book that’s been everywhere in the bookish community lately, especially for the Dewey Readathon because I know it’s a very gothic, horror-y book that’ll keep me reading all day long. I’ve never read a book by Sarah Waters before, I initially wanted to start with Tipping the Velvet but I feel like this is an exciting one to read for the readathon.
The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish.
Another book I’m planning to read throughout the week in the readathon, also on the Saturday of the 24 hour readathon in case I get bored of the Sarah Waters book. This is a secondhand thriller novel I found in my local bookstore and since I’m lately in a thriller/mystery kick, I can’t wait to dive into it. I honestly have no expectations, I know thrillers like these are mostly a hit or miss and you really cannot judge whether it’ll be good merely from the cover and synopsis. So we’ll definitely see! I hope it’ll be fast-paced and exciting.
Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell (Kindle)
The first book in the Kay Scarpetta detective series, Postmortem is about Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner from the US. I’ve read one book from the series, the fifth book called The Body Farm which I really enjoyed, so I’m looking forward to actually read the first book in the series and then continue onwards from there. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get through this one this month, since normally I only read 3-4 books per month. But since I have a week-long readathon and a 24 hour readathon this month, I’m daring to dream!
If you’re interested to join the readathons I’m attending, go ahead and join! And don’t hesitate to share with me the books you’re planning to read in October. Happy reading!