If you’re looking for a sci-fi/horror with a ton of plot, I would pick a different book/series. However, if you’re intrigued by great descriptions of a world where humans don’t know the rules and are trying desperately to figure them out while not being killed by the plant life/each other, I’d recommend Annihilation.
Somewhere between Amazon and Facebook, The Circle is a social media platform that offers users around the world countless convenient and helpful services — many of which are seemingly great ideas (i.e. a way to find missing children to reduce numbers of assault, rape, and kidnapping worldwide). Like Amazon’s Alexa, the services offered by The Circle start to get just a little creepy, and soon protagonist Mae Holland finds herself in the public eye via wearable camera literally 24/7.
More than almost any memoir I’ve read in the last few years, Levy really excels at painting herself on the page in her lowest, most difficult moments. Many writers — understandably — have a hard time revealing their worst flaws for potentially thousands and thousands of people to read. Levy doesn’t have this problem; her heartache and hatred and inner turmoil are ours to soak in, and I cried more than once. A good story, but I read this one — and recommend it — for the writing alone.
The Nest is family drama to the max. It (surprisingly) reminded me of Fates and Furies in that it’s a sweeping saga of several characters over the course of their relationships together. But where Fates and Furies is somewhat depressing (albeit in the most well-written way), The Nest is more lighthearted.
Beartown is a fairly large departure from Backman’s other books. While it starts out similarly to Britt-Marie Was Here (but in a hockey town instead of a soccer town), Beartown quickly takes a heartrending turn.
The Boys in the Boat is an inspiring, well-told underdog story of nine men who stepped up for their country during the Great Depression. You don’t need to love rowing, history books, or even nonfiction to appreciate this one. Brown excels at painting suspenseful, nerve-wracking sequences when the boys are competing, and actor Edward Hermann expertly narrates the audiobook.
I got to know Matt Bellassai through his great Whine About It videos, many of which had me in tears from laughing so hard. I gave Everything Is Awful a shot and was happy to get more of the same millennial-based, spot-on, relatable content.
I’ve been on a serious Stephen King kick for the last few months, and Mr. Mercedes is one of my new favorites from the king of horror.