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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.  





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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





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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