Books in February

This is a look at the books I’m planning to read in the month of February. I already finished one. So good start. I’m also finishing Jane Eyre and the Book of Negroes, hopefully.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This is about a young couple from Nigeria. It’s about Ifemelu and Obinze, who as teenagers fall in love. Nigeria is a military dictatorship and people are leaving as soon as they can. Ifemelu and Obinze are planning to leave too. Ifemelu goes to America to study, Obinze wants to join her, but after 9/11 it’s very hard to get in for him, so he goes to London as an undocumented immigrant. And it’s about how they meet again in Nigeria, and there are rave reviews and I am extremely excited.

Råta by Siri Pettersen
This is the second book in a Norwegian YA fantasy trilogy. It’s set in this sort of parallel world where humans are the monsters, or the “aliens” and they’re called Odinsbarn, or the children of Odin. It’s sort of based on Norse mythology, which I love. And the main character is named Hirka, and she’s about 17, I think. And in the first book we get to meet her and learn about her. The people in this world have tails, and Hirka was born without a tail. She grew up thinking hers was raked off by a wolf, but she is actually a human. In the end of the first book she is sort of cast out, because people realize she doesn’t belong in their world, so she goes through to the world she’s actually from, and that’s where this book is set. So I’m excited. I really love mythology, and this is a fascinating take on Norse mythology, and it’s amazing fantasy. I don’t know if I’ll review this in English and Norwegian, but I’ll figure it out.

Matilda by Roald Dahl
This was one of my favorite books growing up. I really loved Roald Dahl in general, I loved him. I still do, but I haven’t read anything by him lately. Then my sister gave me two Roald Dahl books for Christmas, I guess I did ask for them, and now I’ll read ‘em. That was boring, let’s get past it. I love Matilda. I think it’s amazing, and I’ve never read it in English before. It’s about a young lady named Matilda, I think she’s about seven or something when the book starts, and she’s an intellectual prodigy. Her parents completely ignore her and she teaches herself to read and she teaches herself to do math. When she finally goes to school she is clearly too smart to be in the first grade, but her psychotic Head Mistress won’t let her be moved to a higher class. And I’m excited to read this again.

The Bluest Eye by Tony Morrison
This is the Book of the Month in one of the groups I’m in on Goodreads. Also it’s black history month in America. I’m not American, but who cares? Not me. So this is Toni Morrison’s first novel, and it’s about an 11-year-old African American girl in 1941 in Ohio. She really wants to be a white, blond, blue eyed girl basically. And it’s supposed to be amazing, and tragic, so that’ll be fun. I don’t have that much to say about it, but I’m excited.

The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Drowned Cities is the last book in a duology, or it’s a companion novel, I’m not sure. It’s connected to the Ship Breaker anyway. I don’t really remember much of the other book, but I don’t think it’s a problem really. It’s a dystopian novel about two kids, Mahlia and Mouse, and they are on the run in this future, war-torn world. And they stumble across this bioengineered man, named Tool, who I think is in the first book. I remember really liking the first one, so I’m excited about this one.

Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
I’ve had this on my shelf for an eternity. And I’ve tried reading it once, but I never got anywhere really. But I will try again. It’s translated from Russian I think, and it’s set in the metro system of Moscow. Basically it’s 20 years since a nuclear war, and after the war the surviving population of Moscow relocated to the metro to survive. And they’ve lived there for a while, in sort of relative peace and quiet, and now there is some sort of creepy, dangerous creature attacking people. And the novel focuses on a young man who is forced to go on this dangerous journey.