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Book Recommendations?

Asked by Magical_Muggle (2165points) May 26th, 2016

So, I am one to always have a book ready to be read, currently I have 3 going (maybe 4), and I am also always on the lookout for new books to read, they can be classics, they can be modern, I don’t really mind.

I’ll tell you a bit about myself if that helps with book recommendations, I also hope that other jellies might find your recommendations useful too :).
I’m a girl (although that shouldn’t govern the books I’m allowed to read)
I am YA, so I stereotypically like to read the YA books.
I’m into fantasy, mild romance By mild I mean, not the cliche romance books, I’m not so into them, action, adventure, mystery. So anything really, I’m not the biggest bio reader, and I prefer fiction over non-fiction (just typing that made me remember the struggle I used to have in differentiating the two)

I recently finished “The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson. (I also recently finished this sentence and realised that the book title probably didn’t need to all be in capital starting letters) I highly recommend this book.

I also loved “Far Rockaway” by Charlie Fletcher, another book that I highly recommend

Also, please feel free to recommend any books that you have recently read that you think is worth sharing!

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Stinley's avatar

To start with, if you like an author then try some of their other work. I loved the 100 Year Old Man… and then read The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden which was just as excellent. I loved the meandering nature of the story line.

I read a few YA books (I’m not YA but I read them to recommend them to my daughter) I loved Our Endless Numbered Days. Very disturbing.

The Accident Season By MOÏRA FOWLEY-DOYLE was another YA one that I enjoyed.

Solitaire and Radio Silence both by Alice Oseman are great stories.

Rainbow Rowell is a good author too.

Neil Gaiman is excellent and writes for all ages so try some of his YA stuff first

I found this website that looks good – Teen Reads

Mimishu1995's avatar

How about trying Dracula in Love? It has horror and fantasy element but isn’t the stereotyped Twillight theme.

Also maybe you will find The Beekeeper’s Apprentice interesting. It’s a mystery novel with romance element. If you find it good, then you should check out the rest of the series.

Pachy's avatar

Start with a good spelling book. Only one “c” in recommendation. ;) ;) ;-)

But seriously, do you have a good bookstore nearby, like Barnes and Noble? Better yet, a used book store like Half Price Books? Those are fun places to wander around in and get ideas and recommendations based on your tastes. When you find books you think you like, you can sit down and read a few pages to be sure it’s what you want.

Jot down titles you’ve decided you want and then go online to check for better prices new or for used copies.

I applaud you for your love of reading and for asking this question. It’s nice to know there are still people out there like you.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

@Stinley thanks for those recommendations, I will definitely check them out, and you too @Mimishu1995. I am so glad that you guys are so helpful!

@Pachy AAAAHHH! I always do that, and it is so annoying, I know for a fact too, that recommendation is spelt with one ‘c’, but I always put two in, I don’t know why.
And thanks :)
I live near a bookstore called “Avenue Bookstore”, it is an aussie company, they are darlings there.
I also have an e-reader, so I do get a couple of books for that.
—I’m realising now that I missed a whole lot of info-_—-

Cruiser's avatar

The Art of Racing in the Rain is my favorite book and is provides a look at life through the eyes of the family dog who gives us a very innocent view of life, love, achievement and death. A very charming and endearing book I read straight through.

Seek's avatar

We all have words like that, I think. Mine is bureaucracy. I literally have to think “bureau crazy” when I write it or it comes out all sorts of weird.

Now for recommendations:
I’ll start with a book I simply love to recommend (pretty much every book recommendation thread for the last five years has had this one added by me). And that is…

The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier. In a world-between-worlds, where the remembered dead (whose who have died but there are still people alive who could tell a story about them) stay in a city much like one in the world they left. All of a sudden there’s a huge influx in population, and then mass disappearances. People are dying and crossing over in droves. Why? I literally tripped over this book at the library and started reading it. I stopped long enough to drive home, then didn’t stop reading again until I hit the back cover. I may not have eaten that day, I honestly don’t know.

Other good ones:
The Lovely Bones. A dead adolescent girl’s spirit watches her family and friends cope with her abduction and murder, and life after her. Yes, there’s a movie. Please read the book.

The Children of Men by P.D. James. In the future, the human race has lost the ability to procreate. There hasn’t been a new baby born in over 20 years. Civilisation is in turmoil as people lose hope for the future. Our main character is approached by a woman who needs his help to meet with the Warden of England about something that just might save everything. Yes, there’s a movie. Please read the book. Honestly in this case the two are different enough they are equally enjoyable separately.

Another personal favourite:
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I actually keep two or three extra copies of this book around my house at all times just to give away to people who haven’t read it. I may or may not have read it once or twice or seventeen times. It’s essentially the story of King Arthur told from the perspective of Morgan La Fay, and also so much more. The story is strongly feminine without being saccharine or “girly”. It is a long one (near 900 pages) so it is a time investment.

Stinley's avatar

I was hoping @Seek would recommend The Brief History of the Dead because I read it on her recommendation and loved it too.

BTW Book titles can be in initial capitals – that is the popular way of doing it. I think it helps to mark the title of the book as different from the rest of the text. As a librarian though I never put titles into my library catalogue in initial capitals but I don’t hold it against non-librarians :-P

Seek's avatar

Yay, the Fluther-based Kevin Brockmeier Fan Club!

Stinley's avatar

@Seek did you also recommend A Short Stay in Hell? I read that recently and thought it was really good.

Seek's avatar

That wasn’t me. Should I put it on my list?

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Neverwhere by Neil Gaimon
“Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.” – Goodreads

American Gods by Neil Gaimon
“This grand tale of ancient gods struggling to survive in today’s USA…America is a nation made up of settlement by a vast number of the world’s peoples. What if each fresh round of colonisation or settlement brought with it its own gods from the old country, who took root in this fertile soil of the New World, creating a melange of home-from-home pantheons?” – The Guardian

janbb's avatar

I’m on the run but I’ll throw in The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene. Not fantasy but great YA.

@Stinley I loved, loved, loved Our Endless Numbered Days!

Stinley's avatar

@Seek I do recommend it. I’m sure it was a jelly that mentioned it but can’t think who.

@janbb I haven’t read Fault in Our Stars but my daughter said she loved it.

@Call_Me_Jay Oh yes, these are my two favourite Neil Gaimen books. American Gods especially. Anansi Boys is good too. @Magical_Muggle the stories are a brillaint combination of normal world with a bit of magic woven in. Very clever and funny.

Judi's avatar

I asked a similar question recently. One I got and loved was the entire Miss Perigrin series starting with Miss Perigrins School for Peculiar Children.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Madeleine L’Engle’s books were some of my favourites. Her A Wrinkle in Time is often found on top must-read lists for YA.

The Tripods collection by John Christopher is very interesting. Disney has been working on turning them into a movie. It would be cool if you read them before they come out on film.

Did you ever see the movie “Clueless”? It’s a modern day version of Jane Austen’s Emma. If you haven’t read any of Austen’s works, this is a great starting point.

syz's avatar

My all time favorites, The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown. Don’t let the cheesy cover art fool you – they’re brilliantly written.

janbb's avatar

“The Dark is Rising” series by Susan Cooper is my favorite fantasy series.

Cruiser's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer I LOVED a Wrinkle in Time. One of my all time favs!

MilkyWay's avatar

OMG @janbb I adore that series! One of my top faves ♡
Another book that has made a long lasting impact was A Certain Smile by François Sagan. It’s an unorthodox romance, but not your cliché.
Also, The Fire Bringer, and The Sight by David Clement-Davies.

Rarebear's avatar

Watership Down.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

Thanks so much guys! There is an ebook sale at the moment, so I will keep an eye out for some of these titles

But is it just me or did the question title fix itself?

Mimishu1995's avatar

@Magical_Muggle guess the mods have done their job.

Pachy's avatar

…or you have a GGA (Grammar Guardian Angel).

longgone's avatar

Fantasy, mild romance, adventure, mystery, and a fan of Jonas Jonasson: It sounds like you would love Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

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