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Hi Everyone :)

 

I'm new to this forum.  I love reading, but I haven't really found any books that have grabbed my attention or kept my attention, so here I am :) If you could suggest some books to read or send your top 5 books that would be much appreciated.  

 

Thanks

 

 

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I saw you tagged this post with vampires, werewolves and witches, does this mean you want to know about urban fantasy / paranormal books? I don't read a lot of those (I have some on my TBR, to-be-read pile though).

 

Here are some of my recommendations:

 

High fantasy:

David B. Coe - The Lontobyn Chronicles series

James Clemens - The Banned and the Banished series

Anne McCaffrey - The Dragonriders of Pern series

Terry Goodkind - Sword of Truth 1: Wizard's First Rule

Terry Pratchett's books, in particular:

Terry Pratchett - Discworld 1: The Colour of Magic

Terry Pratchett - Discworld 2: The Light Fantastic

Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson - Wheel of Time series

Peter V. Brett - The Demon Cycle series

Ursula K. Le Guin - Earthsea Cycle 1-4: The Earthsea Quartet

Joanne Harris - Runemarks 1: Runemarks

Karen Miller - Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series

Yahtzee Croshaw - Mogworld

George R. R. Martin - A Song of Ice and Fire series

 

These are all sort of high fantasy and most involve magic (wizards and/or witches).

 

Since you also tagged this post with science-fiction, here are some of my science-fiction reads:

 

Tad Williams - Otherland series (this one I classify as both fantasy and science-fiction)

Douglas Adams - The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy series

Dan Simmons - Hyperion 1-2: The Hyperion Omnibus

Peter F. Hamilton - The Night's Dawn series

Elizabeth Moon - The Speed of Dark

Daniel Keyes - Flowers for Algernon

Arthur C. Clarke - The Other Side of the Sky

Iain M. Banks - Culture 2: The Player of Games

 

Below are some young-adult books that are either fantasy or science-fiction and that I really enjoyed:

 

J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter series (fantasy)

Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games series (dystopian)

Maria V. Snyder - Study series and Glass series (fantasy)

Veronica Roth - Divergent series (dystopian)

 

A series I read that's about a witch:

 

Cate Tiernan - Sweep series (in Dutch this is called the Wicca series)

 

I read them when I was a teenager so I don't remember a whole lot, but I liked them.

 

I have more books on my TBR (to be read) that've got good recommendations from other people but since I haven't read them yet I can't wholeheartedly recommend them.

 

I hope you find something you like :).

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Hmm, well as you didn't mention any specific genre I am just going to list an assortment of books from different genre, :)

 

Historical Fiction :

 

Starbuck Chronicles - Bernard Cornwell

 

Sharpe series- Bernard Cornwell

 

Range series- Dudley Pope

 

Flashman series - George Macdonald Fraser

 

Sano Ichiro- Laura Joh Rowland

 

Falco series - Lindsey Davis

 

Genghis series - Conn Iggulden

 

Emperor series - Conn Iggulden

 

Brother Cadfael series - Ellis Peters

 

 

Fantasy:

 

The great Book of Amber - Roger Zelazny

 

Riyria Revelations - Michael J. Sullivan

 

Corean Chronicles - L.E. Modesitt

 

Bardic Voices - Mercedes Lackey

 

Bards Tale - Mercedes Lackey

 

Deathgate Cycle - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

 

Memory, Sorrow and Thorn - Tad Williams

 

Elemental Masters - Mercedes Lackey

 

Sarrated Edge - Mercedes Lackey

 

Tamuli - Favid Eddings

 

Elenium - Davd Eddings

 

Farseer Trilogy - Robin Hobb

 

Liveship Traders - Robin Hobb

 

 

Humor :

 

Xanth - Piers Anthony

 

Jeeves - P.G Wodehouse

 

Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency - Douglas Adams

 

 

Detective and mystery novels:

 

Archaeological Adventures - Lyn Hamilton

 

 

James Bond - Ian Flemming

 

Spencer series - Robert B. Parker

 

Dalziel and Pascoe - Reginald Hill

 

Detective Chen series - Qiu Xiaolong

 

Body Farm - Jefferson Bass

 

Nic Costa - Avid Hewson

 

well there are a few choices for you to take a look at and see if anything grabs :) hope you find something to read...

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I would definitely second Athena's recommendations of George RR Martin, Terry Pratchett, Peter V. Brett and JK Rowling, as well as Vimes' recommendation of Robin Hobb.

 

If you're after fantasy, I'd also suggest trying something by Raymond E. Feist (my favourites are the Empire trilogy, and Magician), as well as maybe Blood Song by Anthony Ryan and Malice by John Gwynne. The Sabriel trilogy by Garth Nix is also very good. :)

 

I don't read much about vampires and werewolves, but have recently read a book called Red Moon by Benjamin Percy, which wasn't half bad. You might also like the author Kelly Armstrong, since a lot of her books are about werewolves (though I warn you, parts of them can be quite explicit!)

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I don't like most Romance novels but I have read a couple of the Urban Fantasy series Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs and will probably read more of them in the future because they include so many cool creatures. So far they have had werewolves, vampires, faeries (which is actually the larger category of "The Fae" so like Nymphs, Selkies,and Gremlins), demons, witches, and shape shifters. :) Each book tends to focus on some crime that has happened in Mercy's town and of course she gets involved and plays detective to sort out what is really going on. Part of her reasoning is to keep the peace between the magical beings and humans.

 

You might also like The Host by Stephenie Meyer which is a Sci-fi with some romantic relationships thrown in. It is very different from Twilight. I forgot they made a movie based on it... so if you saw the movie and didn't like it, just know that the book is better.

 

My last suggestion is another Urban Fantasy, The Autumn Castle by Kim Wilkins.

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I would suggest Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson or Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein.  They are urban fantasy and science fiction as opposed to High Fantasy (look them up first to see if you'd like them).  These were two of my favorites of the year so far.  They are both dystopian novels.

Maybe Timstar might chime in or you can have a look at his thread.  Athena has good suggestions too- lots to read :smile:

Happy reading :readingtwo:

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