How it is February already?

This year already seems to be moving quickly.

What have I done so far? I finished my first read-through of Subliminal (which means that it is officially time to edit), I wrote a few short stories, and I read a few books.

This post is about books. Mainly, the books that I read in january. If you remember, one of my goals this year is to read 100 books. This last month, I have actually been lucky enough to read quite a few good ones.

Here they are:

1. Hit by: Delilah S. Dawson

Hit is a YA novel about a girl who becomes an assassin for a week in a world where the USA has been taken over by a bank. While I did enjoy this book, it was entirely different than what I expected. The main charter, Patsy, does have a sense of humor and she is clearly human. I think my main complaint would be the amount of romance. Patsy ends of working with the brother of one of her targets, and…. the typical YA romance quickly becomes involved. Despite that, the romance is not overwhelming, and the story would not be the same without it. This is a book that could have gone in a few different directions. While I was surprised with the way it did go, I was not displeased. It was an interesting read.

2. Mort(e) by: Robert Repino

Mort(e) is a book that one of my uncles recommended to me. The main character is a cat in a post-apocolpyse world. The premise of definitively intriguing: an ancient ant colony has released a chemical into the world that turns all non-human animals into human-esque beings. The ant colony’s goal is to take over the world and exterminate all of the humans in it. Mort(e), the main character, starts out as a house cat and quickly becomes a warrior in an elite group sponsored by the any colony. He retires not that long after, and a large amount of the book questions just what ‘humanity’ is. I really enjoyed Mort(e), and I loved how the author blends philosophical ideas with the plot. My own complaint would be the way that the author turns religion into one of the main plot points toward the end. Despite that, it is a book that I plan on reading again.

3. The Forest by: Justin Groot

The Forest started out as a serial story on Reddit. The author has now self-published, and he is working on a sequel. One of the people on NaNoWriMo mentioned his book and I decided to check it out. I was suspicious at first, but I was quickly swept into the story. The story is set in a world where Earth’s oceans have turned into a tropical forest filled with giant versions of venomous animals. The three main characters are rangers who are tasked with exploring the forest and bringing back video footage. The story starts when the main characters are training to become rangers, it then skips a few years to where they are some of the most successful rangers. They quickly become swept into the story when one of the main characters in injured and another starts to hallucinate. The story certainly does not end, but it is a ride from the first chapter to the last.

4. Arabian Nights Translated by: Husain Haddawy

Husain Haddaway’s translation of Arabian Nights tries to follow a few of the earlier known versions on the story of Scheherazade. It took a while for me to get used to the language, but I definitively enjoyed the stories once I did. I have always loved reading about Scheherazade, and reading the actual stories was wonderful. I actually started reading this book in december, but I was only a few pages in.

5. I am the Messenger by: Markus Zusak

I read The Book Thief last year and decided to see what else Markus Zusak has written. I am the Messenger is completely different than The Book Thief, but the language is similar. It took a bit for me to actually understand what this book is about. It begins with a self-proclaimed below-average main character who is a cab driver. The first scene is immediately humorous, Ed Kennedy (the main character) and his friend are arguing while laying on the floor of a bank that is being robbed. Ed ends up stopping the back robbery and is a town hero for a few hours. He finds a playing card with instructions on it the next day and is swept into the plot. The book seems to move slowly at first, but that offers a chance to learn who Ed and all of his friends are. In the end, you find that I am the Messenger is actually about life. It is one of those books that you cannot truly enjoy until you have finished it. All and all, I would like to read it again.

There it is, I have 95 more books to read this year and a constantly expanding to-be-read list.

Until next time….