This has been an epic reading year for me. So often I set out to achieve this massive reading goal, only to falter by March and stop 80% shy of the finish line. This has been a great way to get to know the world of science fiction and fantasy, to discover new authors and fantastic books I might never have come across. I’m thankful to everyone who reads my thoughts on Reviews & Robots. I appreciate you!
For Thanksgiving, I’d like to point out 5 books that I’m thankful for this year. These are books that have inspired me to grow as a person. Books that have expanded my worldview and taught me something important.
Without further adieu, I’m most thankful for:
Passing Strange, by Ellen Klages
I’m thankful for Passing Strange because it’s the most heartfelt book I’ve ever read. Everything about it is beautiful, from the characters to the writing to the usage of San Fransisco as a supporting character. I don’t often find myself emotional, but the ending got me in the best way. Check it out if you want a beautiful, magic-filled love story set in early San Fransisco.
Embers of War, by Gareth Powell
I’m thankful for Embers of War because of its vivid imagery, skillful prose, and characters you want to know. This book made such an impact on my imagination that I spent a whole evening trying to figure out what movie the scenes came from, only to realize they were from this novel. Check it out if you want an intricate plot with epic space battles and brilliant twists.
The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal
I’m thankful for The Calculating Stars because it’s an empowering piece of science fiction that highlights incredibly strong women overcoming immense obstacles. Kowal is a brilliant writer. It’s a book you won’t be able to put down, especially once you find out there’s a sequel just waiting to be read. Check it out if you want masterful writing, a strong protagonist, and an empowering narrative.
The Black Tides of Heaven, by J.Y. Yang
I’m thankful for The Black Tides of Heaven because it was breathtaking to behold, and thinking back on it gives me goosebumps. It has a brilliant use of place, with stunning creations I daydream about. Add in two epic characters and a story you can’t put down, and it’s easily one of my favorite books of all time. Check it out if you want pure originality and creativity.
Free Chocolate, by Amber Royer
I’m thankful for Free Chocolate because of how wild and fun it is. It’s a space opera in the best ways, filled with absurd characters and intergalactic adventures. It helps that it’s published by one of my all-time favorite publishers (Angry Robot!). Check it out if you want to laugh, shout whaaaat, and have a great time.