I’m going to keep much better track of my reading this year. One way to do that is to keep and post a list of what I read each month. I have a super secret goal of reading five books a month, which seems so simple, but there are times when I don’t. This isn’t for lack of things to read. My TBR pile is always generous:
January has been a largely science fictional month. There should be more mysteries in February, starting with my current books being read: City of Endless Night by Preston and Child and The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz.
Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie
The first novel in the “Imperial Radch” series read so much like a suspense thriller with the heroine bent on revenge. I was so surprised at the combination of futuristic society, world building and thriller novel. I’m looking forward to reading more.
Persepolis Rising James S. A. Corey
The seventh novel of nine (oh no…don’t end!!!!!) in the Expanse series, Persepolis Rising follows the takeover of the Ring Gates by former Martian insurgent Duarte. He’s created an Empire on Laconia, one of the gate worlds. Using alien technologies and military strategies he works to extend his empire to every world and system.
The Boxcar Children Gertrude Chandler Warner
I’ve been curious about this children’s mystery series for a long time. I have the first 12 novels on Kindle, but just read the first. It isn’t what I expected at all. More a tale of children surviving on their own in the 1920s than a mystery story, it follows four orphaned children who want to stay together rather than be put in an orphans home.
They find an abandoned boxcar which they furnish from a local dump. They manage to forage for some food, but the oldest gets small jobs in town to buy them what they need otherwise. Spoiler alert, they have a rich grandfather they’re afraid to be found by, who ends up not only taking them in, but has their boxcar moved onto his property so they can have further adventures based in it.
The Chessmen of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs
I must track down all the novels in the series. This was the fifth adventure of Barsoom. It features John Carter’s daughter Tara. She’s tough, strong, and independent. Flying in a terrible storm she lands in a tree near the city of Manator. It is inhabited by awful creatures who are spiderlike “heads” and who pop on and off of host bodies which are mindless (not surprising) slaves of the Kaldanes. She manages to survive by wit and bravery.
The Gods of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs
When Martians reach the end of their thousand year life cycles, or wish to die, they take a pilgrimage to the southern pole of Barsoom along a holy river and are received by the goddess Issus. So they think! Instead they are attacked by vicious plantmen or white apes, enslaved by a race called Therns, or by the goddess herself. Returning to Barsoom after an unwanted visit to Earth, John Carter falls in among these terrible enemies and eventually exposes the truth of the place to all Barsoom.
The Warlord of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs
John Carter pursues the remnants of Thern society to a city in the far north of Barsoom. With help from a local lord, he enters the city of Kadabra disguised as a yellow Martian to find the kidnapped Deja Thoris.
Thuvia, Maid of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs
Thuvia, a brave woman who aided John Carter with her beast taming abilities in Warlord of Mars, is taken prisoner and John’s son Carthoris is blamed. Seeking to find Dejah, Carthoris follows her to Lothar, a city where men can control thought to such an extent that they can create an army of warriors who don’t exist but who are deadly to enemies.