The age-old book lovers dilemma is do I finish a book from my long to-read stack, or do I buy a new one? I tend to choose the latter (so many books, so little time) but it can be difficult to choose. From now until September 5, dozens of best-selling hardcover books are 50% off in-store and online.
Here are ten books we think are worth putting on your shelf, or that long to-read stack, when you can join them.
Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James
Marlon James' highly anticipated third installment of James' impressive, sprawling trilogy, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, focuses on Sogolon, the Moon Witch. The first book focuses on the Tracker, along with Sogolon, his adversary, as they attempted to locate a missing boy across a mythical landscape.
Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse
The second book in the Roanhorses critically acclaimed Black Sun (the first in the Between Earth and Sky series) picks up where the previous book left off. Xiala navigates rough waters, and Naranpa, now powerless, must find a way forward. Fevered Star sets the tone for what follows.
Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li
Portrait of a Thief is a contemporary heist where a group of friends tries to get the unthinkable: returning valuable art to their original home in Beijing. Lily Wu, the ex-MIT Silicon Valley hacker, and Irene Chen, the con artist
A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske
A Marvellous Light is a wonderfully warm, fantastical (and somewhat horny) read that combines gay Edwardian romance with a heavy dose of magic. Robin, an ordinary man who lives in London, gets thrown into a bureaucratic loop when he is chosen to liaise between the magical and non-magical worlds. He and Edwin, his grumpy, somewhat magical counterpart, are pulled into a conspiracy full of action and adventure.
Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
Light From Uncommon Stars is for you if you like Becky Chambers (who doesnt like a queer family?) and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens. Katrina Nguyen, a professional violinist, flees home. She meets Shizuka Satomi, a violinist who must recruit seven other prodigies to sell their souls. Lan Tran, a retired starship captain who runs a donut shop in Californias San Gabriel Valley, is
Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi
Goliath, one of our favorite SFF books of 2022, is set in the 2050s, at a time when white flight to space has left BIPOC people to survive on a broken, climate-stricken Earth. However, some of these colonists are returning and beginning to gentrify the very same planet they fled from.
Goliath is a nonlinear series of vignettes that vary between several characters' viewpoints, but the focus is on a group of stackers who scrape by salvaging bricks from demolition structures to send to the colonies. Theyve long ago accepted that grief will be the primary constant in their inevitably short lives if the cancerous air doesnt kill them, or the automated drone police will.
Janelle Monae's The Memory Librarian and Other Dirty Computer Stories
Janelle Monae's discography is still alive and well, and if you've seen the Dirty Computer emotion picture starring Jane 57821, the android determined to break free, you'll agree that she has a mind for the future. The collection features celebrated Black women and nonbinary authors like Eve L. Ewing and Sheree Renee Thomas.
Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman's "All of Us Villains"
This young adult dark fantasy has drawn a lot of attention because to its fantasy Hunger Games or Battle Royale. It reminded me of the bloody magical tournaments in V.E. Schwabs A Conjuring of Light. On the Blood Moon, seven families must each choose a champion to send to the death. The winner will avail their family with high magic they, exclusively, may wield it. All of Us Villains follows the story of four competitors.
Kevin J. Anderson's Dune: House Atreides Vol.3 is illustrated by Dev Pramanik.
The third and final volume of the graphic novel adaptation of Dune: House Atreides, the prequel to Frank Herbert's science fiction classic, gives us a glimpse into Leto's journey to becoming Duke of House Atreides, as well as the backstory of Duncan Idaho, the fighter who bears the iconic name.
Union Square & Co. Manga Storyboard Sketchbook
This is a great book to own, whether you are a manga artist or aspiring manga artist. It includes 112 pages of storyboarded grids that make for easy-to-fill-in cells, as well as 60 single-sided pages with drawing frames. Sketchbooks are made from acid-free, medium-weight paper with a smooth vellum finish so that they last for years.