1) Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
I discovered that after I bought this book that (if you get the right one) it glows in the dark! That’s enough for me. To the top of the list!
2) Ethan Frome and Selected Stories by Edith Wharton
I’ve mentioned her before and I’ll mention her again. I love Edith Wharton’s writing style. It’s sophisticated, poignant, and surprisingly (and rather delightfully) cheeky at times.
3) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
A classic that has been recommended to me too many times not to be on this list.
4) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I’ve heard good things about this fantasy book. It’s the author’s debut novel, originally written for National Novel Writing Month. I’m intrigued!
5) Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
This one has been around a while, even before Edith up there. It was published in 1874. I’ve read that it’s stimulating and the characters are well developed. Rather than having a love-triangle, Hardy goes for the controversial love-square approach. I’m excited to see how it turns out.