After much deliberation, pondering and hair pulling I have picked my favorite fiction books. In no particular order, here they are.
I may have picked up the first book of this series because of my un-dying love of JK Rowling, but I stuck with these thrillers because it scratches my perpetual itch for hardboiled, gruesome crime stories with a nice bit of black humor and wonderful characters.
Young Adult fantasy is guilty pleasure that I rarely feel guilty about. And this story of a teen realizing that she is part of a long line of Caribbean magicians who channels their magic through art is pretty much made for my face. Also a book with a cast beautiful and diverse as the city where it takes place is as important as it is wonderful.
Part novel, part connected short stories, The Shore is Grit Lit at it finest and most feminist. It follows the female residents of the small islands off the coast of Virginia jumping back and forth across the years and generations.
Ana is 10 years old when the Yugoslavian Civil War breaks out and she swiftly gets wrapped up in a situation that she does not completely understand. The story then jumps jumps forward to Ana’s college days in the US when she makes the decision to return to Croatia to hopefully put her past behind her.
This book is on everyone’s best of lists this year. And for very good reason. If you think you are up to reading one of the most heartbreaking books you will ever read (and you have not already tried this one) you need to read this book.
Set in a virtual reality program called OASIS where everyone is a race to win the keys to the kingdom (so to speak) with the delightful Wade Watts at the forefront, spouting off tons of 80s pop culture. It is wonderfully nerd-tastic and not too inside baseball if you are on the edge of nerd culture.
I was new to comics when this comic fell into my lap and it made me realize how fun they can be. Kate’s life is starting to go to hell when she finds a magic way to get a do-over. Of course things go horrible wrong. If you are looking for a starter comic, this is the place.
One of the last nights before graduation Glory and a friend decide to crumble up a dried up bat and drink it in a beer. This gives them the ability to see into the infinite past and future. The scary visions of a patriarchal war propel Glory to take action to stop this future from coming true.
On the same night an actor dies during a performance of King Lear a terrible flu starts to spread across the globe killing most of the population. Fifteen years later, people are starting to eek out a life, that is, as long a violent prophets message doesn’t take hold.
In 1970s Ohio the golden child of a mixed race family dies. Her parents put all of their hopes and dream on her shoulders and when they learn of her death all of the secrets they have kept from each other over the years threaten to implode their family at it’s core.