I feel like I'm always recommending books for people to read, but I'm not gonna stop, so here's some more! Reading List Fairy* strikes again!
The best books I've read so far this year:
Not reviews, because you can get those anywhere, but here's what makes me want to get people to read the books:
All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
It's strange and minutely realistic at the same time. A really clean overlap of scifi and fantasy. The place where Solarpunk is born and joins the genealogy of genre fic. Also a really good story.
Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
An Ace main character and a Trans awesome other character! Answers the question of what happens to those kids who come back from adventures in weird magical otherworlds. Incredibly lyrical and emotional in less than 200 words.
A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab
Probably the best middle-of-a-trilogy book I've read in ages?? Fantastic worldbuilding and amazing characters. What happens when Epic Fantasy doesn't roam across the world, but settles down in a city. Makes court intrigue fantasy exciting again. AMAZING magic.
Mostly Void, Partially Stars: Welcome to Night Vale Episodes Vol 1 by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Literally a five headed dragon--okay, not, but literally a written collection of the Night Vale podcasts, with added behind the scenes stuff and illustrations, and the wonderful ability to look at the words usually only hear-able. Nostalgia, but also a new look at the bizarre wonderfulness of the very first days of WTNV.
And books I love to recommend for no other reason that I love them dearly:
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Mythology orphaned by the modern world and still knocking around picking fights and taking care of their realms of care. Something new in the contemporary fantasy world, and a major pillar of Mythic Fantasy (as all his work is). That mix of funny-heartbreaking-bizarre-beautiful-scary that Gaiman does so well, perfectly executed.
The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin
This woman has some next-level imagination going on--and this book is her showing what she can do. Layers of dead empires with a current empire crumbling over them. SKY CRYSTALS. Super powerful ground-controlling powers. Polyamorous families. A trans character. Quests for revenge! The first chapter will make you sob and the rest is stunningly not pulling any punches or hoarding any ideas, it's all out and it's amazing.
The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle
A long-time favorite. Probably the most beautifully lyrical book I've ever read. Molly is me. A fairytale, but a sideways one, that opens up the genre.
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
I love every single thing Robin McKinley writes, but this one is a particular favorite. The only one of her books I read twice in the same three-week stretch instead of starting a new book. Vampires made epic and cool again. Constantine is my favorite literary monster. Sexy af. PACKED with cool ideas.
What are your fav books? What do you recommend on Read A Book day?
*the Reading List Fairy is actually my friend Jude who literally gives me a list of books to read every time I see him, but he's an English teacher, so it's okay. Also, my TBR could hold every book in the world and still not be long enough.