Finished a couple of books over the past few nights.
#20: Cruel Miracles by Orson Scott Card. A book of 5 of his short stories, all with what he calls "religious" themes. By that he means dealing with the ultimate issues of life--not organized or established religions. All 5 were interesting. The most greusome and disturbing (though, overall, probably not the best story) was the story called Kingsmeat. In the story, the Shepherd works for the alien King and Queen who have taken over the planet. He is a "harvester" of the "flock." That is, the King and Queen send him out to get what they are hungry for--be it legs, arms, breasts, whatever. The Shepherd does the harvesting painlessly, and does not kill the person he is harvesting from.
Eventually, avengers come and kill the King and Queen, and the Shephard is put on trial. The townspeople are set to kill him on the spot. Then they hear the story from HIS point of view--that he was trying to save his people from complete destruction (which would have happened without his care). It's an interesting story with a twist at the end.
If you like Card's other SF work, you'd probably find his short fiction interesting. And his autobiographical-type notes in the introduction and in the epilogue are as interesting as any of the stories.
#21 The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham. I've not seen the movie (starring Howard Keel) which PapaC says is truly terrible. The book is not terrible at all. I don't know that I'd call it SCIENCE fiction at all--there is precious little science seeming stuff in it to me. I'd put it in the genre that is one of my favorites: apocalyptic fiction. The whole point is: "What if the world nearly ended like THIS?"
Yes, there are man-eating type plants, but they aren't the POINT of the books at all. So don't get thrown off by thinking this is some cheesy b-movie plot book. Worth the read. It has been put out in some sort of Science Fiction Masterpiece series--that's how I picked it up at 1/2 Price Books. (That's also where I got The Stars My Destination. I wish I could find a whole list of what they consider the "Masterworks.")