Reading Stats [December] and Zombie Apocalypse Month Announcement

Serious business, ladies and gents. Just one month is left to this year, and that is only if the world does not indeed end in a few weeks. Lots to do, if I must say. In November I managed to finish exactly zero books. Yes, that is correct – not even one. I spent the entire month slowly progressing through some massive books. I am madly in love with Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, which is a big shocker to me considering my past aversion to westerns. No force in the world can pry this book out of my hands. I hope it never ends, and I can forever enjoy adventures of Gus and Call on their way to Montana. Brothers Karamazov are finally getting somewhere, but I am pondering whether I like the overly theatrical characters like Dmitri. Sometimes the book is amazing, and sometimes Dostoyevsky makes me snooze. Be more consistent, Fedya! After some frantic reading on the bus for a whole month, I am almost caught up to my reading calendar. Two thumbs up for me.

Books in progress:

  • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry [63%]
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [54%]
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [21%]
  • House and Philosophy ed. by William Irwin [17%]

Additions to the library: 

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • Casino Royale by Ian Flemming
  • The Lost World and Other Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • zombie1-300x413Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Now to the good part. To mark yet another apocalypse on its way to us and to get ready for the approaching calamities better than those wacky Doomsday Preppers, I am planning to slow down with my regular reading and spend this month indulging in some end-of-the-days-as-we-know-it fiction. It doesn’t matter how many books I end up finishing, but here is the list of promising candidates. So get your gas masks and tinfoil hats on, because it just got real.

Zombie Apocalypse Month reading:

  • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (Aliens)
  • When the Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie (Asteroid)
  • The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Books (Zombies)
  • The Last Man by Mary Shelley (Pandemic)
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Unspecified)



  1. What a fun idea! I know you didn’t ask for suggestions, but I can’t resist mentioning the excellent post-apocalyptic novel A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller (Nuclear war).

  2. What about The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham or The Blindness by Jose Saramago? I love those Apocalypse read. I thought it is a commendable effort to try to read The Brothers Karamazov. My turn soon. Maybe not so soon!

  3. @biblioglobal I am always open for suggestions! I just checked out a quick description of the book on Wikipedia, and it sounds super fun. I’ll find some way to wiggle it in or at least put it on TBR. I love it that the novel is not overly contemporary, as I enjoy reading how people of different generation from ours speculated about the future.

  4. @JoV Evil plants and blindness pandemic? That sounds amazing; I didn’t even look into these quirky sub-genres, my bad. I might have to replace my pandemic selection with your suggestion, if I manage to find a copy. But plants trying to take over the world is beyond awesome. It’s somewhere up there with giant ants and attack of the 50 foot tall woman. Yes, it smells like mid-century sci-fi and I love it! I have to check it out sooner rather than later.

    I am reading Brothers as part of Goodreads group, and without them I would never summon enough courage to tackle Dostoyevsky. Earlier this year I resolved to read more Russian authors and so far it hasn’t been all that bad. Sometimes the author goes into lengthy theological discussions that seen to never end. That really slows me down. But then out of nowhere the plot will pick up and I wouldn’t be able to stop reading. The beginning was the most sluggish, in my opinion. So once you get over that, you should be ok.

  5. Fingers crossed, I have Crime and Punishment on my TBR this year and I cannot summon enough courage to read it! I have trouble spelling Dostoyevsky without referring to it, considering that I’m pretty good with spelling! I’m glad you are excited with plants and blindness pandemics I have suggested. I look forward to hear what you think about it! 🙂

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