Please check out my new obsession: The Sanctum Trilogy. Madhuri Blayblock has created a magical world that helped renew my love of reading. It’s a rare book that will capture my complete attention and have me turning the pages with glee (or in this case, swiping my tablet with a mad fury) to see what happens next. This series isn’t a typical Hero’s Journey. It’s filled with love, friendship, mysticism, vampires and fighting warriors. I am waiting on pins and needles for the third and final book to be release on February 4, 2015.


I love the hashtag created by Blerd Book Club and thought I would highlight two new books that I’ve added them to my “to read” list and I hope that you’ll add them to yours.

Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History

An anthology from a diverse group of writers including Tananarive Due, Ken Liu, Nnedi Okorafor.

“ In 1514 Hungary, peasants who rose up against the nobility rise again – from the grave. In 1633 Al-Shouf, a mother keeps demons at bay with the combined power of grief and music. In 1775 Paris, as social tensions come to a boil, a courtesan tries to save the woman she loves. In 1838 Georgia, a pregnant woman’s desperate escape from slavery comes with a terrible price. In 1900 Ilocos Norte, a forest spirit helps a young girl defend her land from American occupiers.” (Amazon)

The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir

“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.” (Amazon)

There is definitely a renaissance in the world of Speculative Fiction with fascinating books being released every month. What’s on your must read list?