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Book Recs

I'm looking for something to read, so rec me books! New books, or books that are about to come out, including your own books. Comment with title, author, and why you liked it/are looking forward to it.

ETA: Fantasy, mystery, science fiction, romance, it's all good.
ETA2: And historical fiction or non-fiction!
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Hmm, off the top of my head, here are some books I’ve read in the past few months and really enjoyed. They run the gamut from speculative scifi to gritty urban fantasy to escapist fantasy gay mysteries to lighthearted romance. A common thread is that I enjoy strong female characters who don’t play into sterotypes (although not everything I’m reccing is high on female characters), interesting world-building, and humor rather than nonstop angst.

I've read over 250 new books this year, so when I say I enjoyed these, it means I *really* enjoyed them (Un Lun Dun would be at the top of the list, but I know you already read it).

Urban Fantasy

The Fever Series by Karen Mae Moning - dark and gritty, takes place in Ireland, doesn’t conform to usual urban fantasy tropes. Be warned though, the third and most recent book ends with a major cliffhanger, and it’s going to be a year until the next one!


Young Adult

Anything by Shannon Hale (except for her Austenland book). I seriously can’t pick a favorite because I loved them all so much! Reinterpretations of fairy tales.

Sci-fi

The Disappeared Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch – incredibly fascinating world building. I can’t even think of how to describe them and do them justice.

Straight-up Romance

Just One Of The Guys by Kristan Higgins – the heroine is in love with sports, is tall and athletic and muscular and proud of it, and has a billion male relatives – all of whom are cops and firefighters. I really enjoyed this book, even though I have zero in common with her.

Seduce Me At Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas – a totally enjoyable historical romance. Lisa Kleypas rarely does me wrong, and this one was especially good.

Romance with a Paranormal/Urban Fantasy twist

The Sensation Series by Nalini Singh - there are five of these out so far and I literally *inhaled* them, I enjoyed them so much! Well, I didn’t like the fourth one, but I adored the rest. She’s come up with such an interesting world! I am so sad it’s a year until the next book! Withdrawal!

The Dirk and Steel Series by Marjorie M. Liu – a lot of her characters aren’t white – which is so rare in romance these days. Her characters are also satisfyingly *real* - they say things I would say and think things I would think.

Driven by Eve Kenin – Futuristic, dystopic, apocalyptic romance, where most of the world is frozen over. Truck-driver heroine!


Escapist Fantasy

The Lord of the Fading Lands series by C.L. Wilson – this is the one exception to my strong and realistic female characters requirement. The main character is kind of a Sue, but I had a blast reading these anyway.

Gay Mysteries/Romps

The Adrien English Series by Josh Lanyon (available online! Very worth it!)

The Gumshoe, The Witch, and the Virtual Corpse (this one is only available used through amazon, but I’m super glad I got it, because it was extremely enjoyable)

The Shadow of the Templar series (found online and *free* here - wow, did I have a blast with these! Young hotshot FBI agent! Famous master thief! They solve crimes! And have capers! And hot sex! And there’s a team and they all rock too! I think all of the books so far clocked in at about 400,000 words. So, so much fun!


If you're interested in nonfiction, I'd rec Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, The Billionaires Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace, The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffery Steingarten, The Audacity of Hope, The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner, and The Know It All by AJ Jacobs (he reads the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica!)


Okay, back to reading!

Edited at 2008-11-11 05:08 pm (UTC)

Did you know Marjorie Liu is on LJ as webpetals? She's on a trip to China now and posting about it.

Cool! I'm about to start her urban fantasy book (just waiting for the first story to get here in the mail; the actual book is sitting impatiently on my ereader!)

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