Book Recommendations

Welcome to Book Recommendations! I will be submitting my own recs but also hope to get submissions from other people for me to post.

Please only post books you have read.

I will post everything submitted except the following:
-Anything that's sole purpose is ADULT material
-Anything that's sole purpose is a message of hate

Books that are recommended will be listed with who rec'd them, whether it's a tumblr user or anon.

I will also reblog time to time people's posts on books or book sets, to spread the recs.

Also I hope this will be a way for people to meet other people who love the same books. Thanks for stopping by and send me your recs!

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East of Eden by John Steinbeck

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This author’s prose is amazing, and loved this story!

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There’s a bit a theme happening this week, I wonder what it is?

This week I have chosen two books I have enjoyed thoroughly. Both books were written with prose and creativity that is unrivalled; their exploration of content is multi-dimensional, and rich with imagery. There is no question the authors knew what they were talking about, and were confident in writing and exploring their content. These books aren’t pretty reads, they are intense, and thought provoking novels and to my liking, filled to the brim with quotable material.

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Anonymous said: could you compile a list of your favorite books (fic or non-fic)? i'd love to see some of your recommendations. :)


Sure! Here are some of my book recommendations:

  • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (fiction)
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin, as well as her short stories (fiction)
  • Maryam’s Maze by Mansoura Ez-Eldin (magical realism)
  • The Magic Toyshop by Angel Carter (magical realism)
  • Dreams of Trespass by Fatema Mernissi (memoir)
  • Poetry and essays by Langston Hughes
  • A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin (fantasy)
  • Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling (fantasy)
  • Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce (fantasy)
  • Crown and Court Duel by Sherwood Smith (fantasy)
  • Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa (YA fantasy/dystopia)
  • Saga comic by Brian K. Vaughan, artist Fiona Staples (fantasy)

I have always wanted to read Virginia Woolf, Octavia E. Butler, and Ursala K. Le Guin, too, but haven’t gotten around to it. Soon!!

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Looking for the perfect summer read? Here are 14 titles, recommended by TPL staff, to add to your summer list. Enjoy! 


Looking for the perfect summer read? Here are 14 titles, recommended by TPL staff, to add to your summer list. Enjoy! 

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robotamputee tagged me in a meme that’s been going around, so here goes:

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.

My 10 significant books/series:

1. Young Wizards series by Diane Duane. I could go on for ages and ages about how this book series has shaped my philosophy, carried me through the dark times, and given me some of the best friendships of my life. Special mention must go to A Wizard of Mars, though, because it literally saved my life at one point.

2. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. They’re not perfect by any means, but I grew up reading them and they sure mean a lot to me. Lots of good memories there.

3. Atlantis Found by Clive Cussler. Cussler writes very action-adventurey, nautical, slightly speculative fiction. His writing is cheesy, a bit formulaic, and definitely has problems with sexism and damsels in distress (especially in early books - it’s started to get better lately), but it’s also meticulously researched with paragraphs upon paragraphs of description porn of everything from ships to computers  to landscapes to the highly improbable ways his heroes get themselves out of the latest booby trap unscathed. Atlantis Found was the first of his books I ever picked up, and it remains my favorite, despite the fact that I’ve read most of what he’s written (quite a feat, considering he’s written over 50 - I think I’m about 5 books behind at this point. He publishes 2-4 a year!)

4. The Journey Home: A Kryon Parable: The Story of Michael Thomas and the Seven Angels by Lee Carroll. A neighbor used to always recommend these weird spiritual books to my mom and me. Most of them were meh, but this one was quite interesting. It’s not only an engaging story in its own right, but it’s full of uplifting philosophy and left me feeling a bit better about the Universe after I read it. 

5. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. This book broke me, mixed up the pieces, and put me back together again entirely different than I was before. Mind-blowing is the only adjective I can even think of to describe the experience.

6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. Need I say more?

7. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. Oh my lord, this book. How do I even describe this book. It starts out slowly and builds gradually and subtly. You go into it thinking it’s just a blah historical fiction romance with some purple prose, and before you know it, it’s 3am, you’re halfway in, and you’re utterly lost in a beautiful alternate-universe fantasy world steeped in mythology and allegory with some of the most beautifully crafted prose and incredibly interesting characters that the written word has ever seen. It was a book I wanted to devour as quickly as possible yet savor until the last punctuation mark. 

8. Celestial Matters by Richard Garfinkle. Very rarely have I read a science fiction book that takes the genre so literally. Basically, this book is an AU where ancient science is real (only four elements with different laws of physics surrounding them, everything based around Aristotle and Taoist alchemy). So you get space travel and interplanetary warfare alongside the humors. It’s a very interesting juxtaposition that gripped me from start to finish. 

9. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Every once in a while I reread this book and am just blown away by every single sentence in it. There’s so much information packed into it and it’s so beautifully crafted. It still affects me as profoundly as the first time I read it. 

10. Q in Law by Peter David. Easily the most hilarious book I have ever read. Q versus Lwaxana Troi, and Q comes off the worse for wear. Literally a laugh a page, to the point I was exiled from the house until I finished it because I was annoying my mom so much with my laughter. Full of running gags, exasperated Picard, and more shenanigans than you can shake the Enterprise at.

Sheesh, I don’t remember who’s done this already. If I tag you and you already did it, sorry! You don’t have to do it again! Tagging: enterprising-gentleman, astahfrith, devieklutz, silentmachina, calinaestel, decadentmousse, songofsunset, emitter-of-learjets, maelstromatic, no9jazzst

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some books to consider



Last week a posed the question: What is/are the best book[s] you’ve read? And now I have compiled a list of the responses (including my own). Anyone who wants to suggest additions, let me know. I am just puting title and author for the sake of space, but I appreciate the descriptions and reasons for enjoyment given.

  • Darker Than You Think by Jack Williamson
  • The Road to Damascus by John Ringo
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  • Poison Study trilogy by Maria V. Snyder
  • Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix
  • Obsidian Chronicles by Lawrence Watt-Evans
  • Brightly Burning by Mercedes Lackey
  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
  • Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  • Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
  • His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
  • The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
  • Immortals Quartet by Tamora Pierce
  • A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
  • The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
  • any MaddAddam book by Margaret Atwood
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Mathilda by Roald Dahl
  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
  • A Song of Ice and Fire series by G.R.R. Martin
  • The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • Slaughterhouse Five and Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Secret History and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  • The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

My favorite is This Perfect Day by Ira Levin

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'The Prince of Mist never left. He has remained in the shadows waiting for something powerful to return him to the world of the living. And nothing is as powerful as a promise.'

During WW2 the Carver family decides to leave the city and moves to a small village by the coast. From the moment 13-year-old Max steps into the newly bought house he gets a feeling that something’s not right. With the help of their new friend, Max and his sister explore the mysterious village where time seems slower and they discover the existence of The Prince of Mist.

A haunting story of magic, mystery and adventure.

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The ocean at the end of the lane



This book, which you can buy right here (a magnificent way of supporting independent bookshops without seeking out one, through the “My Independent Bookshop” arrangement through Penguin/Random House and HIVE) is just the book I needed this summer. 

This is a fable, a fairytale, a memoir and a fascinating story - but it feels like a memory. 

I have read a lot of heavy books this summer, and wanted something wondrous for relaxation - this was both just the thing, and not at all the thing. This book fits very well within Neil Gaiman’s “Young Adult for Adults and Children”-books, but it is gripping, scary, moving and funny, and proved to be quite hard to put down. 

This book contains a young boy, magic that isn’t magic, an orange sky, a wonderful description of a thunder storm, truths about being an adult, truths about being a child, and truths about truths - alongside an exciting and fast paced story full of books. 

It reminded me what it is like to be a child and be scared of everything you can see, but much more scared of everything you can imagine - and it reminded me why people like me write; to get the monsters out and contained in ink-and-paper form. 

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Favorite male writer.

F. Scott Fitzgerald: I’d have to change my url if I said someone else.

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Why would you take a road trip? Here’s a list of books with a few reasons of their own.

  • #16thingsIthoughtweretrueby Janet Gurtler - To find the Dad that left her. "5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue"
  • Don’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern - To find her “kidnapped” friend. "Josh has a car and his dad’s credit card. Lil has her cellphone and a hunch about where Penny is hiding."
  • The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder - To live bigger. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity,insouciance, karma, and even happiness.”
  • Places I Never Meant to Go  by Shay Lyam - To find a friend he’s never met in real life. "When the girl he has been talking to online for several months is suddenly on the 6 o’ clock news, Tyler finds himself driving across the country in hopes of finding her."
  • You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith - To visit the grave of the twin she never knew she had. But when she finds a birth certificate for a twin brother she never knew she had, along with a death certificate dated just two days later, she realizes why she never felt quite whole.”
  • Letting Go by Birdie HallTo get home. “When this good girl and bad boy set off towards home, it turns out that maybe she’s not such a good girl after all.”
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green - To prove a theorem about love.  When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine.”
  • The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour - To be a roadie for her best friend’s band.  But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she’s abandoning their plans - and Colby - to start college in the fall.”
  • Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid - To find a friend that changed their lives. "Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most."
  • Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt - To get to orientation… with your very recent ex. "La la la — this is Courtney pretending not to care. But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot."
  • Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndor - To never be labeled as boring again. "Will they get hopelessly lost in the middle of nowhere? Probably. Will they meet crazy people and get into serious trouble? Definitely."
  • How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski - To win back her ex. "Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire."
  • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson To get the car to their new home across the country. "The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger."
  • Going Bovine by Libba BrayTo find a cure. "But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit."
  • In Honor by Jessi Kirby - To fulfill her brother’s last request. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her.”
  • Saving June by Hannah Harrington - To take her sister’s ashes to the place she always dreamed of going. When her divorcing parents decide to split her sister’s ashes into his-and-her urns, Harper takes matters into her own hands.”
  • Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham -  To see their old favorite band’s reunion show.  "Back in middle school, the three girls were inseparable. They were also the number one fans of the rock band Level3. But when the band broke up, so did their friendship.”
  • Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown - To give herself time to think. Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines. ”

Chintz ‘N China Supernatural cozy mystery series

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Loved this series! Wish she would have continued with it. Really liked the characters and the mysteries were spooky & supernatural.