January Reading Log

My goal for 2017 is 60 books, like last year. Also like last year, I’m hoping to be well past 60 by year’s end. 60 books means 5 per month, and as of right now, I’m a little behind. I finished 4 books in January. I’m not worried. I usually start the year off being busy, without a lot of time for reading, and then cram more books in.

1984 – George Orwell
May as well get this one out of the way. I re-read 1984 because of a swap. I asked a librarian friend to recommend a book, and this is what she recommended. I’d already read it, but it’s been a few years, so I thought it was worth revisiting.

I’m not a huge fan of the book. I consider a lot of it to be a slog. Just because it’s a slog and I don’t enjoy reading it doesn’t mean the book doesn’t have value. If you coupled 1984 and Brave New World, I think you’d have a really good picture of the state of the U.S. Right now. That scares the hell out of me.

If you want a more detailed version of what I felt about 1984, I blogged about it when I read it the first time.

Fire & Ash – Jonathan Maberry
This was the last book in the Benny Imura series, and as hard as I tried, I couldn’t get it finished in time to be on my 2016 reading list.

Benny and his friends are at Sacntuary, but it’s not what they expected. Chong is sick, and the base has more questions than answers. Also, the Reapers are causing trouble, and it’s all going to Hell in a handbasket.

This was a satisfying conclusion to the Benny Imura series. Maberry pushed Benny and his friends to do absolutely everything they could do to save their homes, regardless of the toll it took on them. I think in the end, they turned out okay. The big standoff between the Reapers and Mountainside was pretty tense, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Benny did a lot of growing up in the books, and while this is a teen series, by the end, there’s not a lot of light fluff that you’d expect from a teen series. Benny might be 15, but he’s an adult in all forms except age.

The Trouble With Werewolves – M.B. Mulhall
This was a fun, easy read that was recommended to me. Ellie Weston has been raised by a vampire, and spends her evenings as a self named “Errand girl to the undead.” Although, it’s not just undead she runs errands for. If you’re part of the supernatural world and can’t handle your errands yourself, Ellie is your girl. Pick up dry cleaning? Check. Water lawns for those out of town? Check. Track down rogue Werewolves? Check.

And that’s where Ellie runs into trouble. There’s a vamp looking to take care of a rogue werewolf, but the entire thing goes weird. With the help of Samson, a blue furred demon, Ellie figures out what’s going on with the were5wolf, without getting herself on the menu.

Cute, fun, easy read. I’d love to to see more, as Ellie is a fun character, and the supporting cast are also great to read.

Shameless – R G Alexander
The Finn Factor books by R G Alexander are my guilty pleasure. I picked one up on BookBub over a year ago, and then had to go buy the rest of the series because they were just so damn good. Alexander writes complicated characters that aren’t just drop dead gorgeous men and women looking for sexytimes. They have problems, fears, and they lose their tempers. I love them all.

This book deals with the last of the Finn brothers for this family: Seamus. He’s a single father of four who also runs the family pub. He has no time for relationships, although he’s always wished for the perfect woman to spend his life with.

On a trip to Ireland to study a pub, he thinks he’s found her: Gillian. The woman who’s taken over her family’s pub is great: funny, beautiful, and loves beer as much as Seamus. The problem? No matter how much time Seamus spends with her, there’s no spark.

He does feel a spark with Bellamy Demir, a wealthy businessman who’s staying in the same hotel. Seamus ignores him. Afterall, he’s there for been and the woman brewing it, not a hot guy. Right?

I loved this book mostly because the relationship develops almost naturally. Seamus fights it, dislikes Bellamy, but eventually the two get together. And like all good books, there’s the big blow up, and then reconciliation, which I loved.