Love reading? Kinda like reading? Don’t like reading but want to try it out? You’ve come to the right place! There’s so many books out there, and sometimes it’s overwhelming to find your next novel or series, so look no further than my list of books you should’ve already read by now! These are my personal favorites, so take a look and feel free to send any book recommendations you think I forgot!

Fantasy:

Love LOTR and GoT? Want something just as gripping to read that will keep your attention? Here’s my top picks for fantasy books/series.

The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson

Currently 3 books, but with a planned 10, this high fantasy series has some of the best world building and character development in any book I’ve ever read. I’d definitely recommend checking out this crazy long series if you’re interested, and looking through a couple of Sanderson’s other series as well. The world and magic system and everything else is so well thought out, just look up some reviews to prove it! You won’t regret reading this series (and if you do read it please reach out to me so I have someone to talk about it with!)

The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

I seem biased, but I’m not! These are incredibly rated series as well as personal favorites! The main character in Mistborn is Vin, a 16-year-old thief on the streets of Luthadel, the capital city of the Final Empire. The story follows her life as she comes into her own as one of the Mistborn, people who can use ingested metal particles to enhance their abilities, both mental and physical. It’s a really cool read!

(The Lord of the rings, Hobbit, and Game of Thrones books are also all good bets, but they’re very well-known so I wanted to focus on more obscure books I’ve read!)

Sci-Fi:

Love Alien and Interstellar? Want some book suggestions that you’ll instantly love? Here’s my top picks for Sci-fi books/series.

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

An incredible book that inspired the Bladerunner movies, definitely worth a read since it’s so short and easy! This book has an awesome dystopian feel and is one of my favorite books ever. The novel is set in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco, where Earth’s life has been greatly damaged by a nuclear global war, leaving most animal species endangered or extinct.

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Filled with difficult language and engaging ideas, this book has been a favorite of mine for a while. You may have to re-read lines (or whole pages) but the book is worth it and stimulates so many thoughts and ideas. Gibson was heavily inspired by Philip K. Dick, so if you know any of his books, this has a similar feel. It is one of the best-known works in the cyberpunk genre and the first novel to win the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award.

Political based:

Want to be a bit more informed in today’s society? Here’s my top picks for great political or information filled books.

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

This one’s about a network of extremely wealthy conservative Republicans, foremost among them Charles and David Koch, who have together funded an array of organizations that work in tandem to influence academic institutions, think tanks, the courts, statehouses, Congress, and the American presidency for their own benefit.

The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam

This book is an account by journalist David Halberstam of the origins of the Vietnam War. The focus of the book is on the foreign policy crafted by academics and intellectuals who were in John F. Kennedy’s administration, and the consequences of those policies in Vietnam.

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

Based on 15 years of research, this book examines the economics and politics of countries all over the world and how those policies resulted in success or failure.

Off-beat or humor:

For a lighthearted and easy read when you just want to chuckle!

Eeeee Eee Eeee by Tao Lin

This one has some dark themes of mental health but is over all just a strange and confusing book about the death of a dominoes pizza delivery boy and hyper intelligent talking animals talking about the universe and human consciousness.

Go to work and do your job. Care for your children. Pay your bills. Obey the law. Buy products. By Noah Cicero

This is a quick and confusing read about the ability or inability to make choices in life, a strange and all powerful cult-like government, and a kid named mike who just wants a girlfriend and a job.

Comic book or Graphic novel:

Some of the most engaging and awesome stories are graphic novels, plus… art!

Watchmen by Alan Moore

Moore used the story as a means to reflect contemporary anxieties and to deconstruct and satirize the superhero concept. Watchmen depicts an alternate history in which superheroes emerged in the 1940s and 1960s and their presence changed history so that the United States won the Vietnam War and the Watergate break-in was never exposed.

Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar

“What if Superman had been raised in the Soviet Union?” In Red Son, Superman’s rocket ship lands on a Ukrainian collective farm rather than in Kansas, an implied reason being a small time difference (a handful of hours) from the original timeline, meaning Earth’s rotation placed Ukraine in the ship’s path instead of Kansas. Instead of fighting for “truth, justice, and the American Way”, Superman is described in Soviet radio broadcasts “as the Champion of the common worker who fights a never-ending battle for Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact”. His “secret identity” (i.e., the name his adoptive parents gave him) is a state secret.

Some honorable mentions of random genre:

The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer

Stories of your life by Ted Chiang

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein (about a lunar colony’s revolt against rule from Earth. The novel expresses and discusses libertarian ideals.)

Desperation by Stephen King

Dune by Frank Herbert

Get reading!