Books in January

I have to read quite a lot of books each month, because I thought it was a good idea to challenge myself to read 70 books this year. Yeah, it sounds not that clever, but we’ll see. These are the books I’m planning to read in January.

Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen
It’s a new Norwegian book that I’ve been drooling over for weeks, a lot of it is cover appeal, because there’s a tail. A TAIL. The cover is gorgeous. I doubt it’s out in English, because it’s new, and it would take a lot for it to be English. It is based on some aspect of Norse mythology; Ymi, I think, it’s confusing, who was the like main jotun guy, one of the main bad guys if you ain’t too familiar with our quirky mythology. The book is about a girl called Hirka, who was born without a tail, which is like a huge deal. She can’t contact the magic of the earth that all the other people can contact, and oh my God people other than her dad will find out, cause she has to go through the Rite. She is an Odinsbarn (Child of Odin, or human), and she is a legend and she is despised. Obviously no one else knows about this, and if they find out they will probably kill her. I am excited. Also, I haven’t read a lot of Norwegian books lately, so I’m going to try to do one every month, at least.

Hunger by Knut Hamsun
There is a book on Goodreads I’m in who reads international books, and their book of the month is Hunger by Knut Hamsun, and I’ve never read it, which is a shame, I read Victoria when I was like 16 or something, and it’s a very beautiful love story. Then there is this one, which is his debut novel, I think, or it’s the book that made it for him. It’s about him, basically, when he lived in Oslo and was poor and as the title says; hungry. Which is fun obviously.

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
In am attempt to read books on my shelves rather than buying books I am reading a book I bought ages ago. You ever find a book on your bookshelf and think; “the hell is this and when did I buy it?” Yeah. I do that. It’s about a girl named Chloe, and suddenly starts seeing ghosts and gets put into Lyle house. And yes. Good and evil, ghosts, things, it’s got a lot of stars from people I like, and if I read this book, then I’ll shove another book off my shelf. I’ll be proud and all that.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
It’s weird: I saw a book on a shelf, and thought it looked really cool, and I looked it up, and I realized it was the third book in a series, and I had the first one. And I don’t really like the idea of starting a new series, I don’t know why, might be because I keep starting series and then sort of forgetting to finish them. Anyway, who cares? Live dangerously. Yeah, dangerously. I need to get out more. The Lies of Locke Lamora is about a criminal and confidence trickster. I love, love, con men. I watch the Sting, I like Ocean’s Eleven, I cried bitter tears when they cancelled Leverage. I LOVE con men. I’m weird. And there is an eyeless prince named Chains in the book, and if that isn’t intriguing I don’t know what is. It sounds so cool.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
I really like Peter Pan, and I bought this, on Kindle, a while ago with the intention to read it right away, that didn’t happen. But I will read it now! Yeah, I’ll do that. Tiger Lily is about Tiger Lily from Peter Pan. It’s about this sweet girl who knew Peter before he found Wendy. He’s impetuous and brave and he’s interesting and different. And it’s about Tiger Lily falling in love and wanting to be with Peter. I’m not a big romance buff, but it sounds really cool, also Peter Pan is a lot of fun. And I think Kayley Hyde reviewed it and I like her, and she liked it, and she sort of “warned” me that it might be hard to get it in the beginning. It’s narrated by Tinkerbell. It sounds cool. And again, reading my own books, go me.

I might try to read another book if I get around to it. But I don’t know which book that would be. Oh I know. I’m writing like this is just my thought process. I’m an idiot. I made a book jar. I pretty much just wrote down all the books I own and haven’t read and put the pieces of paper in a jam jar. And I will shove my hand in and pull something out. And it is:

Count Karlstein by Philip Pullman
It is Pullman’s first children’s book. It’s set in the 1800s in Switzerland, in a little village called Karlstein. Hildi and Peter, servants from the castle have to help the evil Count Karlstein when a deal he makes with the Demon Hunter Zamiel means his nieces are in danger. It sounds like fun. And I’ll see if this book jar has anything going for it.