Books in January - 2015

These are the books I will be reading in January. Because it is the month of resolutions it’s a fairly ambitious month for me, which sounds like a great idea since I’m also planning to spend the month looking for a job and you know, have a panic attack when it all feels overwhelming, the ideal situation to read a lot. The sarcasm is strong in me. Anyway, these are the books I’m planning to read in January. 

Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
I didn’t finish this in December, because I did not care and just didn’t read like at all. But I’ll finish it in January. It’s about the world of Oz from the Wizard of Oz and it’s the conclusion of a lot of storylines Maguire has set up in the three previous books. Glinda is under house arrest, the Emperor, Shell Thropp (Elphaba’s brother) has decided to wage war on Munchkinland, the Cowardly Lion is an enemy of the State and on the run, Liir (Elphaba’s son) is in hiding, Rain (Liir’s daughter) is showing signs of having inherited her grandmother’s abilities, and even more excitingly, Dorothy Gale is back in Oz, and on trial. It’s exciting, there’s political intrigue, there’s weird war, for no reason other than Shell being an asshole. There are other reasons, but it feels like Shell just wants to take over everything just because.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
This is David Mitchell’s newest book. It’s about a girl named Holly Sykes, a runaway, in 1984, who meets a strange woman who offers kindness in exchange for asylum. And the book follows Holly’s life. It jumps from 1984 to 1991, and then on about 10 years a couple of times for the rest of her life, which is how David Mitchell writes books. I heard it also includes people from Cloud Atlas, so I get to see what happens there. It’s a bit historical, as it starts in 1984, and dystopian as it ends in 2043. I’m excited, it’ll be interesting.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
I’m doing this for a Book of the Month thing on Goodreads. I wanted to read it anyway, but hey. It’s a dystopian story about a travelling troupe of performers. One night an actor dies on stage and that night a deadly flu starts to spread, decimating the population basically. And then the story continues 15 years later the same troupe is travelling around America playing Shakespeare for survivors. It sounds cool. I like dystopia, I like travelling performers, I’m weird. I’m excited anyways, it’ll be fun.

Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
This is a book about an African girl named Aminata Diallo who has been abducted to South Carolina to be a slave. She is then sold to an indigo trader and lands sort of in the Revolutionary War. She then goes to Manhattan and helps with the writing of the Book of Negroes and then goes to Nova Scotia. There’s lots of prejudice and stuff and I imagine hardship and awfulness. I think I’ve had this book for like 5 years so it’s probably about time. Yeah, fun. Also there's supposed to be a miniseries I believe, so that'll be interesting.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
To kick off the Year of Brontë (post to come) I am beginning with Jane Eyre, by Charlotte, which I’ve had for an eternity. Jane is an orphan and lives at Lowood, a school for orphans. She isn’t particularly liked, but she becomes a lovely young lady anyway. She becomes a governess, and she starts working at Thornfield and she falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and realizes there’s something standing in the way of their lawful marriage (he has a crazy wife in the attic). It’s supposed to be really good, so I’m excited. I’m too excited possibly.

Legend by Marie Lu
I actually won this in like a raffle from Misty from the Bookrat and Liz from Consumed by Books, who have a book club called #WednesdayYA where they look through the YA-books they have in common and just haven’t read and they pick one every month, and January’s book is Legend, and I won the ebook version, which is fun. So I’m going to read this. I hear people tend to whiz through it, so that’ll be fun. It’s set sometime in the future, and the western United States, also known as the Republic is at war with their neighbors, so that’s fun. It’s about a young woman, June, who is 15 and a prodigy. And it’s about Day, a 15-year-old criminal born into the slums. And then they obviously cross paths. Because it’s a book and this is how it works.

And if it arrives before the end of January:
The Hero’s Guide to being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy

I ordered this from Amazon, and so far it hasn’t arrived, so I don’t like them. It might arrive, and if it does I will fucking read it. I’m excited. It’s the third and final book in the League of Princes books. This is about the Princes learning that Briar Rose is supposedly dead and they’re the prime suspects. I love the League of Princes books and I want to know how it ends so bad. So I need it to show up like now. (It did, I just need to get it from the post office.)