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Looking for a very specific recommendation

Post by nivek9876 » 06 Nov 2016, 03:41

Hello online book club community and thanks in advance for your help :D

I have never been one to read on my leisure but am currently craving a good story. Unfortunately I do not have much time to set aside for reading so I don't want a large list to burn through. In the past I have picked up books but have had a hard time finishing them. My belief is that by starting with the "perfect" read for me, it might get me on board the reading train 8)

Here are the things I am looking for in order from most important to least important (but still worth considering)
o Cute romance (preferably non-sexual)
o Significant character growth
o Charming cast (no one overly dramatic, oblivious, or evil)
o Comedy splashed throughout
o Complex antagonist or moral gray zones
o Fine with predictable, but not super cliche
o Prefer a fantasy setting with some action
o I would say my level of literacy is higher than high school but not by a whole lot

As a summary, I am looking for a generally light feel good read that isn't afraid to take me on a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. If I had to choose, I would say I am more concerned with the characters than the actual plot (if that even makes sense). I definitely do enjoy stories that make me stop and think. Lastly, if at all possible, I am more of a guy who enjoys some action in a high fantasy setting. :tiphat:

Again, thanks for your time and help!

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Post by Gravy » 06 Nov 2016, 04:46

Are series okay?
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Post by rssllue » 06 Nov 2016, 06:40

Assuming so, what were you thinking? :eusa-think:
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Post by nivek9876 » 06 Nov 2016, 11:10

Yup I would actually prefer a series if you know a good one!

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Post by Gravy » 07 Nov 2016, 20:40

I can think of two that I believe fit partially, though neither are high fantasy.

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, though this one has very little romance. It is still a strong series with a lot of world building.
And Seanan McGuire's Toby Daye series. This one has a bit of the romance, but is mainly an urban fantasy, so sirens less time on the relationship. It's also a very slow going romance, but very worth while.

Sorry if they don't work! I hope you find something!
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Post by pricklypurple » 28 Jun 2018, 11:31

The Rosie Project
Novel by Graeme Simsion, but it's not a fantasy setting.

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Post by Fuzaila » 29 Jun 2018, 07:54

There's the Between World series by Julia Crane and Talia Jager. Though I can't really come up with fantasy books with 'cute romance'. But for any fantasy cravings, Harry Potter series must suffice!
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Post by 00LynnMarie » 11 Jan 2019, 22:03

The Parasol Protectorate, a series by Gail Carriger is really good. It has a steampunk theme and supernatural characters. The follow-up series to this, The Custard Protocol, is also a super fun read.
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