A running list
  1. 1.
    Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown
    Christmas gift from my brother, really liked these. YA military sci-fi where humans have spread throughout our solar system and established a rigid class structure ruled by the genetically enhanced Golds. About a surgically altered Red who infiltrates the Gold military apparatus for the rebellion. The first book is him going through their prestigious military academy and is similar to a high-tech hunger games type scenario.
  2. 2.
    The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    Christmas gift from my brother (we basically had a big book exchange for Christmas). Writing is (very) pretentious, but the content is super interesting.
  3. 3.
    Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
    I've been listening to people rave about this book for years, and I like the idea of it but was very frustrated with the actual book, especially after studying some of these ideas more thoroughly than they're presented here. Worth a read if you haven't already been exposed to these ideas, which most people haven't been I guess
  4. 4.
    Revenger by Alastair Reynold
    Two sisters join a treasure hunting crew and run into space pirates. Shenanigans ensue. Unsurprisingly, the worldbuilding is super well done (Reynolds used to work as an actual astrophysicist). Wish I could spend more time exploring this universe
  5. 5.
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    Brb while I go read everything Neil Gaiman's ever written
  6. 6.
    The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
    This was pretty good, but I doubt I'll read the sequel trilogy. Sanderson has some really cool magic systems and Allomancy is definitely up there, but I have trouble with other parts of his writing (dialogue, gender roles) so I can't read too much of his stuff in a row. The magic is super dope though.
  7. 7.
    Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab
    I really really loved this series and not just because of the thieving, knife-wielding, cross-dressing perfection that is Delilah Bard (though that would be reason enough). Well-developed characters across the board, interesting setting, compelling story. Also magic! Also pirates! Plus the cover art is pretty fantastic, just saying A+💯👍🏻
  8. 8.
    Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg
    Read this as background for a research paper on bass fisheries and really enjoyed it. Very readable, very interesting.
  9. 9.
    American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    Took me a while to get into this, but I can see what all the fuss is about.
  10. 10.
    Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling 🎧(audiobook)
    I think I like this one better than her first book (which I also really liked)
  11. 11.
    The Science of Game of Thrones by Helen Keen 🎧
    Keen uses GoT as a jumping off point to talk about a whole bunch of (mostly) interesting scientific/historical parallels in the real world. This was very funny. (Spoilers for season 6/book 5)
  12. 12.
    The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
    Whoa. I was not at all prepared for how emotionally intense this book turned out to be. This was very good.
  13. 13.
    Vicious by V.E. Schwab
    Yay super powers! Yay morally dubious protagonist! Yay V.E. Schwab!
  14. 14.
    The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
    I think George nailed it with "Original and engrossing...gorgeously realized." Also: super duper fun
  15. 15.
    The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
    I devoured these in one weekend so they all kind of ran together in my head and left me with a weird impression of the pacing in each book. I wish I'd spaced them out more, but I just could not help myself. Very good.
  16. 16.
    Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
    Book 2 of The Gentlemen Bastard series. I was surprised how much I missed the flashbacks here (or maybe I just missed Camorr as a setting). Note: I was taking a break from LSAT prep when I finished this and at a certain point (you know which) I started full on sobbing, and both of the other people in the library basement got up and left almost immediately. Then I left too because I couldn't study anymore because of all the hurt in my heart.
  17. 17.
    Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
    Book 3. I'm trying to break the habit of binge reading series because I want to give myself a chance to digest the individual installments (so far I have not succeeded). This one maybe had too many flashbacks? Like, I enjoyed them but it was a lot. Also felt weirdly low stakes sort of? Whatever, still super entertaining. Book 4 plz
  18. 18.
    All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
    I absolutely loved this until about 3/4 of the way through and then I just regular loved it (I just enjoyed the focus on their relationship more than the other stuff going on in the world). This book is beautiful and sad and hopeful and kind of fucked up sometimes. There's magic and science and magic science. It's great.
  19. 19.
    The Belgariad (books 1 & 2)
    I found two of these at the FOL sale, but I'm missing the third one and they only have books 4 and 5 at the library be continued. But so far I'm enjoying this series
  20. 20.
    The Girl With All The Gifts 🎧
    DNF. This was good, but I only got halfway through before my audiobook expired and now I have to wait until it's available again. I actually think I might have terrible auditory comprehension? Or I just don't like audiobooks maybe? I might finish this in actual book form.
  21. 21.
    Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
    You don't have to read the original trilogy before this one, but I think it's more fun that way. Hope she writes even more in the Grishaverse
  22. 22.
    The Swan Riders
    Sequel to the Scorpion Rules. This one was (slightly) less emotionally affecting, but much more entertaining. I credit evil robot overlord Michael Talis, who is one of my favorite characters maybe ever. More Talis please.
  23. 23.
    Among Others by Jo Walton
    Wonderful. This is a wonderful, wonderful, very special book.
  24. 24.
    Carnival by Elizabeth Bear
    There was kind of a LOT going on here and I never really got a good handle on the particulars of things off-planet, but that's ok because the New Amazonia stuff was cool on its own. Enjoyed this.
  25. 25.
    This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
    Yeah so I will officially read anything V.E. Schwab touches for the rest of her career. Such an interesting premise and so well realized. Heavy stuff.
  26. 26.
    Our Dark Duet
    Oof. This one got me. The themes in these books are complex and dark, and the different ways characters deal with them are all grounded in personal stories and given real emotional weight. Also that ending. Oof.