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1. Ex-Purgatory – Peter Clines. I reread 14 recently and it’s sooo good. So I’m really excited to see what else Peter Clines has written! He also has a new book, The Fold, coming out next year that I’m excited to see too!
2. The Martian – Andy Weir. Left alone on Mars, astronaut Mark Watney doesn’t even have a way to signal Earth that he’s alive—not that he’ll survive long enough for a rescue to arrive. He’s refusing to give up, but will he be able to overcome the impossible odds that are stacked against him?
3. Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy:Annhiliation; Authority; Acceptance – Jeff VanderMeer. This kind of counts as 3, but they’re all in one hardcover edition so I’m counting it as a single book. The Southern Reach trilogy tells the story of Area X, a remote area that has been cut off from the rest of the continent for the past several decades. No one who explores the area survives.
4. Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel. Station Eleven sounds quite a bit like The Stand: a decade and a half after a pandemic flu kills a large portion of the country’s population, a traveling acting troupe arrives in a small town under the stringent control of a violent prophet.
5. The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters. I’ve heard so many great things about this book! Looking forward to reading it soon (even if I don’t get it for Christmas)!
6. The Magician King and The Magician’s Land – Lev Grossman. Again counting these two books as one because I have lots of books on my list and since they’re two parts of the same trilogy they kind of count as the same.
7. Unwind – Neal Shusterman. I’m kind of over the dystopian-YA genre, but Unwind caught my attention. Can anyone tell me if it’s worth the read for someone who is sort of burnt out on YA dystopias?
8. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides. I’ve read The Marriage Plot and The Virgin Suicides, so now I have to read Middlesex. I’ve heard it’s the best of the three!
9. Wicked Girls – Alex Marwood. Twenty-five years after they were both charged for murder at the age of eleven, Kirsty and Amber’s paths cross again. Will they be able to hide their secret from their unsuspecting families?
10. Anathem – Neal Stephenson. Scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians live sequestered in monasteries until they are called back into the world to deal with a crisis of astronomical proportions.
What books do you want Santa to put under your tree this year??
I just finished reading STATION ELEVEN and actually reviewed it today. Hope you enjoy it if you get it! I would love to one day read Lev Grossman and finish Neal Shusterman's trilogy...er, and read my copy of ANATHEM. Good choices!ReplyDelete
Unwind's concept scares the hell out of me and the covers are creepy, too! Which is a pity because I'd like to get the courage to read it one day.ReplyDelete
I've read 14 as well as the first Ex book and really enjoyed both! Great looking wishlist!ReplyDelete
yes to #2 and 4! actually do you know about Blogging For Books? The Martian is available there for reviewReplyDelete
I did not! Thanks for the tip!!Delete
No to "Unwind". I thought it average at best, and definitely not worth reading for somebody burnt out on the genre.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the caution. That's 2 for and 1 against. (For whatever reason I ended up reading these comments from bottom to top, haha.) If I don't get it for Christmas I imagine it'll just chill on my amazon wish list for a while—there are lots more books that are ahead of it in my "want to read" order.Delete
Nice list of books!! I hope you receive all the books on your list!! Here is my TTT list for the week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-i-wouldnt.htmlReplyDelete
I read Station 11 earlier this year and I'd agree it is like The Stand (which I loved!) but with a slightly more indie feel to it. I liked the concept of it but I wanted more from it. I hope you get it and enjoy it! I also want Unwind and everything by Jeffrey Eugenides. Great choices.ReplyDelete
Middlesex is one of my top books of all time - I'm way overdue for a reread!ReplyDelete
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I was such a HUGE fan of Unwind! I read it when it first came out and have read it a bunch of times since then. It has some pretty gut-wrenching scenes, and is not your average dystopian. I'd definitely recommend you give it a try! It's so well done.ReplyDelete
Thanks! Glad to hear it.Delete
I can't wait to start reading Station Eleven. I heard only the best things about it. I hope it's under your tree and that you enjoy it. Happy Holidays! You can see my list at http://www.readinginthetardis.com/top-ten-books-i-wouldnt-mind-santa-bringing-me-this-year/ReplyDelete
I read Unwind awhile ago (read: 4-5years ago so the memory is a bit rusty) and I never got around to finishing off the series, but I remember ABSOLUTELY LOVING it. I read it as part of a 100 books a year challenge and it was one that really stuck out for me. Definitely give it a try! As to being burnt out with the YA Dystopian genre, preach it.ReplyDelete
Hah, thanks for the recommendation and sympathy. :)Delete
Waiting for Station Eleven.ReplyDelete
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Fab post - I'm hearing lots of great things about Station Eleven, in particular!ReplyDelete
I hope you get some of the books on your list and that you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year! xReplyDelete
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I just read Station Eleven and it was so good!!!ReplyDelete