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Finding what books to read next can be a challenging endeavour. With broad interests, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the numerous choices available. Luckily with the help of some recommendations, it is possible to narrow down the list of what should I read next.
Recommendations come from all kinds of sources such as friends, browsing a book store and blog posts. Most of the books have been on my Goodreads “To Be Read” shelf for a while. Unlike my last “What Will I be reading” post, this list focuses on the first books in a series and a much more diverse genre pool. All the titles mentioned are in my possession and I look forward to checking them out and giving you my review on each one.
Be sure to let me know if you have read these titles and what you thought of them. If you haven’t, are you adding any of them to your TBR list?
A Darker Shade of Magic
by V.E. Schwab
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, travelling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.
Fans of fantasy (adults and young adults) will enjoy A Darker Shade of Magic, the new novel from Victoria ‘VE’ Schwab
Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.
A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?
In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days.
When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune—and control of the OASIS itself.
Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he’s beset by rivals who’ll kill to take this prize. The race is on—and the only way to survive is to win.
This Present Darkness
by Frank E. Peretti
When a strange force of evil in the form of a shapeless shadow begins taking over the small town of Ashton, Marshall Hogan, editor of the local paper, is unknowingly helped by angels as he searches for a way to save his family.
Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful, hardworking pastor begin to investigate mysterious events, they suddenly find themselves caught up in a hideous New Age plot to enslave the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race. The physical world meets the spiritual realm as the battle rages between forces of good and evil.
This Present Darkness is a gripping story that brings keen insight into spiritual warfare and the necessity of prayer.
Project Hail Mary
by Andy Weir
A lone astronaut.
An impossible mission.
An ally he never imagined.
Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission – and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.
Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.
All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.
His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery-and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.
And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone.
Or does he?
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