We are getting extremely close to the end of 2019 and time has passed so fast. I started my second semester of university two weeks ago and am trying to make time to read daily. I have much more time this semester compared to the last since my coursework is more spread out than having to produce an A2 drawing every week.
In the past month, I was able to attend my first book launch! A friend of mine, Carol, launched her book, The World is a Dark and Lovely Place during MyWritersFest2019. It was my first time attending a book launch and there were over 10 authors gathered that day to share on their newest brainchild.
In the past month, I had 3 weeks of holidays before starting my second semester. In that short amount of time, I spent my days meeting up with friends before they leave for their studies, watching Youtube videos, catching up on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on Netflix and trying to get myself ready mentally for semester 2.
I didn’t do much reading but here’s a short summary of what I’ve read:
1. The Four by Scott Galloway
I’ve been wanting to read this for a while now and had my eye on it for a long time. It was only during the Popular Bookfest back in June where it was on sale and I had to buy it.
I’ve enjoyed learning about the companies and how they’ve differentiated and made a name for themselves. Galloway’s side commentary definitely made it more interesting and I really liked his style of writing and his constant salt for these companies. Nonetheless, I felt like he went out of topic and lost his point towards the last chapter.
2. A Field Guide to Color by Lisa Solomon
A Field Guide to Color was a title I requested from NetGalley after reading Anywhere, Anytime: Art. I’ve learnt more from Lisa Solomon than I had in my art classes.
I felt really motivated to do the exercises as Lisa instructed and had fun with them. This is definitely a good guide to have if you’re learning water-based colours.
Check out my review of it here.
3. Minus by Lisa Naffziger
It felt long since I’ve read my last graphic novel so I decided to read this one. It was also a mystery which I really liked however, Minus felt lacking.
I didn’t really enjoy it. I thought it was okay, nothing much, but really appreciated the values and the underlying meanings within the story.
Check out my review of it here.
4. Third Year at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton
This one was a reread for me. Malory Towers is my favourite children’s series and it was pleasant to read it again as an adult and still felt the same way I did as when I was 14.
I have another 3 more books to the end of Malory Towers. I might check out St.Claire’s since it has the same gist. Either way, a wholesome story never fails to make me feel warm and happy inside.
Another 3 months until the end of 2019 and I have another 14 books to read before reaching my target of 45 books. With my bookshelf right at the foot of my bed, I wake up being reminded of the number of books I have yet to read.
This month, I hope to target 4 review copies. Currently, I am halfway through two review copies at the moment and am also halfway through Upper Fourth at Malory Towers.
I also hope to read some poetry books in order to increase my reading count since it isn’t as emotionally and mentally taxing as some other books.
What are you reading this October?