This month, I do not have much of a plan for what I want to read. Instead, I want to use this month to finish a few books that I have started or checked out from the library and need to soon return. The books this month may seem a little random, but I am hoping that such a wide range of books will keep me interested and occupied in March.
The Book of Joe: The Life, Wit, and (Sometimes Accidental Wisdom of Joe Biden) by Jeff Wilser
Synopsis: “The aviators. The Amtrak. The ice cream cones. The memes. Few politicians are as iconic, or as beloved, as Joe Biden. Now, in The Book of Joe, Biden fans will finally have the definitive look at America’s favorite vice president—and what he can teach us. Structured around key moments in Biden’s life and career—and filled with Biden-isms like “That’s a bunch of malarkey” and “I may be Irish, but I’m not stupid”—this blend of biography, advice, and humor will reveal the experiences that forged Joe Biden, and the lessons we can use in our own lives. Along the way, readers will also encounter fun sidebars on his love of muscle cars, his most endearing gaffes, his bromance with President Obama, and much more. Yet beneath the memorable Biden-isms, the book will reveal an inspirational story of a man who keeps “getting back up.” We need this right now. Much as Biden has come back from both professional missteps and personal heartbreaks, sometimes we all have to get back up and fight. Given Biden’s reputation as a decent, plainspoken, patriotic statesman of integrity, this entertaining and practical book will be both a celebration of great political figure and an essential guide to creating the America he believes in so dearly.” —Amazon
This is a book a received from Blogging for Books last month and never got around to reading. Because I’m going to read to review this book, it is at the top of my list for this month.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Synopsis: “Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences. In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.”–Goodreads
This book has been everywhere! I have seen mostly amazing reviews about this book and I feel like everyone is talking about it and I am tired of being left out of this narrative!
Alienated by Melissa Landers
Synopsis: “Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket. Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing though: no human boy is this good-looking. But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life-not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.”–Barnes & Noble
I have mixed feelings about Melissa Landers. She is a great person and I felt honored to meet her, but I go back and forth about whether or not I love her writing style. Her other series, Starflight, had me hooked on the first book and then I was just so “meh” about the second book. But I figured I should give this series a shot. Who knows, maybe I’ll love it.
Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton
Synopsis: “It is 922 A.D. The refined Arab courtier Ibn Fadlan is accompanying a party of Viking warriors back to their home. He is appalled by their customs—the gratuitous sexuality of their women, their disregard for cleanliness, and their cold-blooded sacrifices. As they enter the frozen, forbidden landscape of the North—where the day’s length does not equal the night’s, where after sunset the sky burns in streaks of color—Fadlan soon discovers that he has been unwillingly enlisted to combat the terrors in the night that come to slaughter the Vikings, the monsters of the mist that devour human flesh. But just how he will do it, Fadlan has no idea.”–Amazon
This book was recommended to me by a dear friend after we had a conversation about Norse Gods and Vikings. He recommended this book without much discussion on it, because he “didn’t want to spoil anything” for me. I’m still up in the air about this one, but given that it is written by the author of one of my favorite books of all time, I think I’ll enjoy it.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Synopsis: “Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.”–Goodreads
I am listening to Norse Mythology on audiobook currently, and I am loving every minute of it. The book itself is only about 6 hours long and I’m about 1/3 of the way finished with it. So far, this is the perfect book to listen to. I cannot wait to hear more stories.
What are you reading this month?