Confirmed Books for the Future

Below is a list of the books confirmed to be read for Mark Reads.

CONFIRMED BOOKS

AND PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT THE ORDER I AM READING THESE IN. I WILL DECIDE WHAT I AM READING NEXT BASED ON MY INTEREST AND FANS YELLING AT ME. ilu all

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events  – Lemony Snicket
  • Abhorsen series – Garth Nix
  • Adaption duology – Malinda Lo
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Born Confused – Tenuja Desai Hidier
  • Brown Girl in the Ring – Nalo Hopkinson
  • Chaos Walking series
  • Chrestomanci series – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
  • Curse Workers series – Holly Black
  • Dogsbody – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
  • Fire and Hemlock – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Graceling / Fire / Bitterblue – Kristen Cashore
  • The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series – Douglas Adams
  • Hold Me Closer, Necromancer – Lish McBride
  • House of the Scorpion – Nancy Farmer
  • Imaro – Charles R. Saunders
  • Incarceron – Catherine Fisher
  • Inkheart trilogy – Cornelia Funke
  • Jonathan Strange & Mister Norell – Susanna Clarke
  • Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
  • Liar – Justine Larbelestier
  • Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. – Warren Ellis
  • Noughts & Crosses series – Malorie Blackman
  • October Daye series – Seanan McGuire
  • Percy Jackson series – Rick Riordan
  • Pluto – Naoki Urasawa
  • Queen’s Thief series – Megan Whalen Turner
  • Sunshine – Robin McKinley
  • Tear This Heart Out – Ángeles Mastretta
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon
  • The Brothers Lionheart – Astrid Lindgren
  • The Dark Is Rising sequence – Susan Cooper
  • The Doomsday Book – Connie Willis
  • The Girl Who Would Be King – Kelly Thompson
  • The Homeward Bounders – Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Posterchildren – Kitty Buroughs
  • The Runaways – Brian K. Vaughn, Adrian Alphona
  • The Sparrow / Children of God – Mary Doria Russell
  • The Spiritwalker Trilogy – Kate Elliott
  • The True Meaning of Smekday – Adam Rex
  • Thursday Next Chronicles – Jasper Fforde
  • Tomorrow When The War Began – John Marsden
  • Transmetropolitan – Warren Ellis
  • Wandering Son – Takako Shimura
  • Young Wizards series – Diane Duane

PLEASE NOTE: While you are welcome to commission something from a book on this list, I would discourage you from doing so if I have not announced that it will be on the Master Schedule. It’s going to take me a long time to get through many of these, and it kind of stresses me out to have a commission hanging over my head for months upon months at a time.

SUGGESTION RULES

At the time I am writing this, SUGGESTIONS HAVE RE-OPENED. It was pointed out to me by friends and Mark Spoils folks that the vast majority of my confirmed books were written by white men, and the disparity was so glaring that I wanted to fix that. So, Suggestion are re-opened for the time being! Please observe the following rules:

1) Suggest a book / series once. Yes, that means you have to take the time to make sure a thread hasn’t been made for it. Use the Find function. If you agree with someone else’s recommendation, please upvote it and comment. These things help me gauge interest better than anything else.

2) Recommend it without spoiling any of the main plot. General themes are fine, mentioning things y’all know I like are fine, etc. A mod may edit your comment to cypher it in rot13 if you say something that is too spoilery. Otherwise, just use caution: What would you rather I discover on my own through reading the book, as opposed to learning it from your pitch?

3) Take great care not to help contribute to the problem we had the first time. Admittedly, I had no idea I’d chosen so many white men as authors because I don’t know who 90% of these people are. Now that I have a huge audience and a large platform, I’d like to use this site to cover things that aren’t as well known or deserve attention. Your pitch for a white dude author better be so extraordinary that I leap out of my seat and punch the stars or something. I will defer to more women, women of color, men of color, and queer others (and the obvious overlap of that) than what I had before.

4) Have fun! Because I said so.

Let’s do this! You will notice that certain books that are NOT written by white men have disappeared from the list. I removed The Room after being warned it might be too triggery for me. I removed Unwind by Neal Shusterman because I was horribly spoiled for it at a convention. It was one of those situations where I was standing in a group of people I’d never met who had no idea what I do and they all started talking about the book, and about 30 seconds into it, I remembered it was on my list, but by then, I knew the general plot of the whole thing AND the ending, so whoops. WHOOPS. The same goes with The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. OH NOES. I left on Abhorsen, Chaos Walking, and Nextwave for personal desire only. I removed Y: The Last Man after being spoiled for it.

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