For the past three or four years, I’ve read about sixty to one hundred books per year, and I decided to share with you some of my favorite ones.

Mud Vein, by Tarryn Fisher
I’ve read this about a year ago, and it got me hooked since the beginning. The story is very original, and although there isn’t a hea, the ending somehow manages to feel right, considering the situation.

This book might not be for everyone, since the characters are kidnapped and trapped inside a house, and some disturbing things happen. However, if you’re okay with reading about some darker stuff, I definitely recommend it, especially if you’re a fan of adult novels.

Description: When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat… and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.

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Geek Love, by Katherine Dunn
Don’t be fooled by the title, this isn’t a YA novel about two nerds in love. This one was probably the most disturbing book I have ever read, but even years after I finished, I still think about it all the time. The story is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and I couldn’t stop reading it!

Once again, be very careful if you have any triggers, with this book I really advise you to research it before reading it, because it’s an uncomfortable read.

Description: Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out–with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes–to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There’s Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan … Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins … albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious–and dangerous–asset.

As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, by Holly Black
Forget Twilight, this book does vampires the right way! Set in a post-apocalyptic world, it has all of the cool stuff we love about vampires and more, and it also has some romance (although it doesn’t take all the attention from the actual story). It’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun!

Description: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

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The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker
If you want a book that really makes you think about the world and the environment, this is the one. It feels very realistic, and it’s very scary to think about the possibility of something like this happening. It’s not exactly a feel-good book, but it’s very well written.

Description: “ It still amazes me how little we really knew…. Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”

Luminous, haunting, unforgettable, The Age of Miracles is a stunning fiction debut by a superb new writer, a story about coming of age during extraordinary times, about people going on with their lives in an era of profound uncertainty.

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life–the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

With spare, graceful prose and the emotional wisdom of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker has created a singular narrator in Julia, a resilient and insightful young girl, and a moving portrait of family life set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world.

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Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline:
This one is for everyone who loves video games and ‘80s pop culture.It’s filled with references, and there’s tons of crazy stuff happening. Also, since the movie adaptation will premiere in a few months, this is the right time to give it a try before heading to the movie theatre!

Description: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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These are just some of my favorite books, but I hope I was able to help if you don’t know what to read next! If you’ve already tried any of the books mentioned above, what was your opinion about it/them?