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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??