Help! I have 3 weeks off and need 10 new books to read.

Okay, don’t say I didn’t warn you:

Head to to learn about these that came to the top of my mind that I thought you would like. No order…these are all excellent!


-A Deadly Education (Trilogy) by Naomi Novik. A new trilogy. Book 3 isn’t out yet. Hugh cliffhanger after book 2, might want to wait.

-Mistborn (Trilogy) by Brandon Sanderson. Read Sanderson yet? If not, HIGHLY recommend. He’s prolific, but this is a good place to start.

-The Queen’s Thief (series) by Megan Whalen Turner. A favorite, especially if you enjoy great twists.

-Watership Down by Richard Adams. I often cite this as my all time favorite. Might be driven mostly by fond memories, but nearly everyone who I’ve convinced to read it becomes a fan

-Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames. SUPER fun. Tons of f-bombs.

-The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. Modern fantasy–more paranormal actually. Excellent (and hilarious) book that recently became a series of some random cable channel.

-Red Rising (series) by Pierce Brown. Just the first three. Very intense. I haven’t read past the first three, I hear they get pretty dark and I’m not into dark.


-Children of Time (duology) by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Very different scyfy. One of my favorite reads of 2021.

-The Martian by Andy Weir. Ever read a book that gave you a white-knuckled reading experience? This will

-Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. Author of The Martian. Very smart scyfy.

-The Murderbot Diaries (series) by Martha Wells. One of my favorite characters. I ever wrote a poem about Murderbot once. Highly recommend

-The Bobiverse (series) by Dennis Taylor. Don’t judge by the name. This scyfy series is funny AND smart. I predict you’ll love this.

-Wool (trilogy) by Hugh Howey. About to be a TV series on Apple TV I think. Started out as a self-published serial, people started reading it like crazy, and now Hugh Howey lives on a boat in the carribean. Outstanding story.

-Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I suspect you’ve read this already, but have you read Ender’s Shadow? It’s the same story, but told from another characters perspective, and it’s awesome. Maybe better.


-Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. The story of the 1936 crew team from the University of Washington who took gold from Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Outstanding writing, amazing story, and a resource for quotes on teambuilding out the wazoo.

-Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. I call few books “lifechanging.” This is one.

-Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand. Falls into the bucket of incredible true stories. Must read at some point.

Let me know what you choose.

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