October’s Reading Goals

I realized that I had failed so utterly in my September reading goals (with the exception of the books read for school) that it wasn’t worth re-hashing. So instead I’m digging up the optimist inside and presenting October’s reading goals!

First of all, the event I’ve been waiting for will be happening in two short weeks. That’s right, the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of War and Peace will be released on the 16th of this month. I am literally counting the days (I’m such a nerd). If the weather decides to cooperate and lets the cooler temperatures prevail, W&P is just what the doctor ordered (I’m also a seasonal reader. I love Russian literature at all times, but particularly crave it in the colder months).

Until the best day of the month arrives, however, I have plenty of fun books to delve into:

  • Try to finish Dracula, but if I can’t, review A Sicilian Romance by Anne Radcliffe or The Monk by Matthew Lewis for the R.I.P. II Challenge
  • Outmoded Author Challenge: either read Of Human Bondage by Maugham, or something by G.K. Chesterton (or something completely shocking: read both (gasp!))
  • Unread Author Challenge: I would like to get to Wide Sargasso Sea, but I might go for Bellow’s Adventures of Augie March instead…

My coursework for the month of October has me reading the following:

  • The Monk ~ Matthew Lewis
  • Northanger Abbey ~ Jane Austen
  • Waverly ~ Walter Scott
  • Jane Eyre ~ Charlotte Bronte
  • Great Expectations ~ Charles Dickens

My research has me reading the following:

  • The Vale of Cedars; or The Martyr ~ Grace Aguilar
  • The Days of Bruce ~ Grace Aguilar
  • various fun things about espionage and WWII (to be finished in October, or else)

So it’s time to get myself some warm apple cider (or a tea) and curl up and read!


10 responses to this post.

  1. I’d vote for the Rhys. I don’t like Bellow’s much, and WSS will dovetail so nicely with the Jane Eyre. It’s got some beautiful imagery in there too.


  2. Fun! I’m going to post my piles o’ books for October tomorrow.

    My problem is doing reviews. I’m so behind. *sigh* If only every book wasn’t a challenge read!


  3. Sisyphus: I’m definitely leaning toward the Rhys. I’ve only made it a few pages in but I was thoroughly enjoying it. And since I’m reading Jane Eyre this week, it seems to be the perfect time!

    Eva: As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’m terrible about actually finishing reviews. I think I might start building up a backlog and doing a few at a time…I just don’t have the energy for longer reviews at the moment.


  4. Now that’s a pile of reading! I can’t believe you can get anything read beyond “school” stuff.


  5. Very respectable reading goals. I should probably be as organized – then maybe I’d finish all the reading challenges I keep signing up for.


  6. Debi: My reading habits tend to follow the cliche: “my eyes are bigger than my stomach.” I have good intentions when it comes to reading outside of school stuff, but generally challenge reads fall to the wayside more often than I would like.

    Heather: What I love is that I try to be organized and then I still never finish any challenges. Ah well, organizing myself is half the fun! 🙂


  7. Oh, I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about Waverley! Do share some thoughts when you get there, even if you don’t do a full review. I’ve got about 70 pages left … yes, I am counting …


  8. Dorothy: I will definitely share my thoughts on Waverley. It’s the nice thing about it being an assigned read: I’m sure to finish it because I have to. Good luck on the last 70 pages! 🙂


  9. I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say about the Radcliffe–I’m really enjoying The Mysteries of Udolpho!! I am contemplating asking for the new translation of War and Peace for Christmas. I like the blue cover on the book. I’m not quite sure I am reading to read it again yet, though, but I’m curious about this translation.


  10. Danielle: I’m hoping to post something on Radcliffe next week or over the weekend, so stay tuned! And I just love collecting different editions/translations. Sometimes it takes a while for me to reread them, but in the meantime they certainly look pretty on my shelves!


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