Do you have any book recommendations? Some of the books you were talking about seemed really cool, and since my exams are over now, I'm looking for more to read. I'm sure you've done recommended things here before somewhere, but I can't find any of the posts :(
Here are some things I am looking forward to reading
I mentioned “theatre troupe in the apocalypse” and that book is called Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. It was up for the National Book Award and has a blurb by Ann Patchett so it runs a little more literary than my usual reading list but I’m actually looking forward to it more for that. Literary fiction can be “I’m trying so hard and I’m so goddamn pretentious,” but it can also be Funny Boy or Life of Pi or Time Traveler’s Wife or Timothy Findley’s stuff all of which are things I adore.
The other one I mentioned was “psychics taking field reports from dead soldiers in the first world war” and that one is called Ghost Talkers.
I’ve been trying to read farther out of my comfort zone this year so something that runs a little more to that vibe is a good thing for me.
I’ve also been on a non-fiction kick
so let me take a second and recommend the book Hidden Figures (I haven’t seen
the movie but the came first) because it is great narrative non-fic.
I am currently reading Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia which is about vampires in Mexico City after the vampires came out of hiding. It’s a similar premise to Coldest Girl in Coldtown: what happens if vampires are real?! How does society react? But instead of being Middle American Teens, it is Mexican cops with teenage daughters and rival vampire gangs and rival human gangs and it’s good. I’ve been slow going through it because I mostly read it on the bus when traveling but I like it a lot. It also has multiple vampire species which is fun from a worldbuilding nerd standpoint.
I’ve also been working through Ship Out of Time on audio but it’s been really teen-romance-angst (in the ugh shut-up way) so I’ve not been listening much).
I’m really looking forward to the new Laini Taylor (she wrote DOSAB), it’s called Strange the Dreamer. I’ve got it on audio. It’s a weird ass fantasy about being obsessed with stories but I know nothing about the plot at all so it’ll be an experience to listen to.
Other audio I’ve already bought: I’ve got a sci-fi called Sleeping Giants waiting for me. I’ve also got a ghost story by Cherie Priest called The Family Plot. (she wrote Boneshaker which is my go-to steampunk rec if anyone asks me for a steampunk book). I’ve got the rest of the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy waiting too. Also Stardust and American Gods to re-listen to.
I’ve also got the non-fic about introverts called Quiet and the YA about dragons Shadow Scale.
I’ve got a lot for me to read.
I bet you that I keep buying books instead of just reading this stuff!