Thursday, January 14, 2016

Celebrity Picks: Felicia Day's Favorite Reads of 2015



Amazon Book Review: Felicia DayFor anyone who has ever felt doubt about following their own muse (probably everyone, outside of politicians and sociopaths), Felicia Day should be a role model. Since graduating college as valedictorian with a math degree and heading to Hollywood with few prospects and fewer contacts--where she found roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Eureka--Day has surfed a wave of self-belief (and talent) into a fascinating and varied career, which she has recounted in her new memoir, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).

See Felicia's picks for his favorite reads of 2015 below, and look here for more celebrity favorites. Learn more about the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year.


Felicia Day's Favorite Reads of 2015

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I love fairy tales and Uprooted is a beautiful and modern take on many classic tropes, especially drawn from those of Eastern Europe. The lead character is authentically flawed, which makes the magical world around her come to life that much more vividly. I'm a fan of Naomi Novik from her other work, but this book is just perfection. It feels like a perfect fuzzy blanket on a cold wintry day.
 

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Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
There are not many books I've read in my life that have laid depression and anxiety issues so bare and in such a funny way as this one. A winning follow up to her debut memoir, this collection of essays is, if anything, more naked in exposing severe mental health issues, which makes it all the more relatable to those suffering from the same problems. Also: Taxidermy.
 

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The Owner Trilogy by Neal Asher
When I want a true change of pace I dive into a hard and gritty sci-fi series, and I'm not sure if it gets harder or grittier than this trilogy. In a future alt-world where the population has skyrocketed and the government/corporations must liquidate "assets" for the planet to survive, one superhuman man seeks revenge against those in charge. Terminator meets Children of Men meets an extremely high body count, this is a violent but brilliant series with some wonderful female characters and uncontained imagination and darkness. [Here is the entire trilogy on Kindle.]
 

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