This week, The Broke and the Bookish asked us to make a list of the top ten books we want to read this season. The problem with writing these lists is that I never finish the books I say I’m going to read, and they end up showing up on my Summer and Fall TBR lists. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to make the list. I love making lists.
1. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor: Post-apocalyptic Africa, genocide, and one special girl meant to stop it.
3. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt: Kid who makes trouble to hide the fact that she can’t read, teacher who sees through the distractions — the protagonist looks like she could be one of my students.
4. The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Neilsen: The third book in The Ascendance Trilogy. War, kidnapping, and the impending destruction of a medieval kingdom. Mom loved it so it must be good.
5. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson: What’s next for Rory and Co.? One of my students got first read on my copy; he’s asked for it as long as I’ve known him. Can’t wait.
8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: We’re doing this one for the Nerdfighteria Online Book Club as well. It makes my gaming heart happy. Some of the conversation is even more relevant with recent Net Neutrality issues.
9. The Magicians by Lev Grossman: It’s billed as Harry Potter for adults, but it’s different. I want to read the rest of the series this year — I’m trying to finish the series I start — but I also need to go back and be reintroduced to this world.
10. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman: Sequel to Seraphina. Which was awesome. I was at the library yesterday and I almost picked up Shadow Scale, but since I got the last five books in the Death Note manga series, I thought I’d leave it for someone else and buy it later.