Are you stuck at home in an effort to flatten COVID-19’s curve?
Do you need a break from Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus?
If you’re anything like me and like to make some reading choices based on current events, then you might be desperate for a good post-apocalyptic read to further terrify yourself while you’re social distancing.
Here are my favorites, ranked. There are zombies. Viruses. Technology plagues. Aliens. There’s a little bit of everything on this list. And some of them don’t quite fit the genre, but they’re close enough for me.
1. The Stand by Stephen King. Five stars. One of my favorite books of all time.
2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Five stars. Chilling and haunting.
3. Bird Box by Josh Malerman. Four stars. The sequel comes out this year! Can’t wait.
4. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Four stars. A very funny end of the world read.
5. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Four stars. A traveling band of Shakespeare performers? Yes, please!
6. Followers by Megan Angelo. Four stars. Technology gone wrong. Timely. Also, this is totally a guilty pleasure read.
7. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker. Four stars. I reviewed this book last month. Check it out here.
8. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Four stars. Classic!
9. The Passage by Justin Cronin. Three stars. I was totally into this book, but it is really long. Some of you might really enjoy this read though.
10. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. Three stars. I didn’t like Carey’s writing style, but this is a good zombie story.
(All cover art taken from Goodreads.)
Any ones I missed that I need to add to my TBR?
As always, any discussion is welcome!