This is the first time I have done a to-be-read post or well even set a goal for what books I will read in a month so hang in there with me. Since I started this month off in the middle of a book I will be reading three and a half books this month. I don’t believe in setting yourself up for failure (even on a reading challenge) so I’m starting off easy. Sadly I don’t own any scary books to go along with the theme of the month but, here is the list of books I hope to have read by the end of this month:
Finish Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television. When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.
This is my half book. I was trying to have it finished by the end of last month but, it doesn’t look like that happened so I’ll just add it to this month’s count of books!
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
In Anthony Burgess’s nightmare vision of the future, where criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends’ social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. When the state undertakes to reform Alex—to “redeem” him—the novel asks, “At what cost?”
I’m excited about reading this one because my mom said it was messed up, like twisted, but she won’t say why. I guess I’ll have to read it and find out!
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees. Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.
This is the second book in the Beautiful series by Jamie McGuire. I read the first book, Beautiful Disaster, and absolutely loved it (I’ve read it twice). Even if this book is basically the same plot, I’m sure it will be worth the read to know Travis’s side of the story.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.
I guess Frankenstein falls under the scary October theme, right? Maybe. We will see! Oh, and I always thought Frankenstein was the monster not the creator. Hmm, interesting.
Well that’s my list of books for this month. Told you it wasn’t very spooky. It’s not a lot but, if I get all these read this month I will add another to my count for next month’s TBR.
What books are you reading this month?