Need a few book suggestions? Here are a few titles I’ve enjoyed recently:
For the philosopher in you:
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
If you’ve never read the original story, you’ve been missing out. Not only will it change your life (if only to give you twitches whenever people call the monster by Frankenstein’s name), it shows you just how b.a. Mary Shelley was. A couple of boys challenged a girl to write a scary story, and she accepted that challenge and wrote what is possibly one of the greatest books ever*.
For fast-paced action:
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Cory Doctorow himself is an activist and teche-lover, but if you don’t know anything about Internet security or fancy stuff like that, don’t worry. The narration pulls together explanation and action into a seamless, easy-to-read novel that moves so fast you binge-read without realizing what you’re doing.
For happy sighs and adorable things:
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Modern romance + Jane Austen. This is the book I imagine myself reading when I want to be cocooned in blankets in a pillow fort on a rainy day. It’s witty and has everything Austen-lovers want to see in a book.
For dark fantasy:
Sabriel by Garth Nix
This YA novel is part quest, part coming of age, part oh-my-gosh-that-is-so-creepy. Not quite horror, but when you deal with necromancy, you always get some kind of darkness. It’s the first in a series, so be prepared to add the other books to your to-read list, as well.
Michelle is addicted to audiobooks. She has no intention to recover.
*In my very humble, always-correct opinion, of course.