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Recommendations to cure my reading slump

Post by Elldarling » 14 Jun 2018, 12:22

Hello there, my name is Ella and I would very much appreciate some good book recommendations. I’m just about to finish some very stressful exams and desperately need an escape to the fictional world.

My favorite genres are fantasy, historical fiction and mystery. Honestly just throw your favorite books at me so I can finally read after a highly intense year.

Thank you guys:)

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Post by mgosselin137 » 15 Jun 2018, 06:53

For historical fiction I would recommend The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett or The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. For Fantasy I would recommend The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind. I have found all of these to be easy reads and great books to get lost in.

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Post by PlanetHauth » 15 Jun 2018, 23:48

Anything by Sherrilynn Kenyon for paranormal romance (and mabe normal romance).

Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Tamora Pierce are great Fantasy authors. Jordan is a little longer and heavier, though. Sanderson also has large novels and series going, but has some smaller novels and novellas if you'd prefer those. Pierce is technically YA, but she's a fantastic writer, and they're easy breezy reads.

Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite (who I found out is actually a man :shrug:) is an awesome horror fiction. Brite's writing style is highly descriptive, but done well.

I'm also working my way through Roger Zelazny's The Great Book of Amber which is a 10 book series bound in one book. Zelazny also has a very descriptive, pretty flowery writing style, but it's intriguing and works well.
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Post by elivia05 » 16 Jun 2018, 13:28

Elldarling wrote:
14 Jun 2018, 12:22
Hello there, my name is Ella and I would very much appreciate some good book recommendations. I’m just about to finish some very stressful exams and desperately need an escape to the fictional world.

My favorite genres are fantasy, historical fiction and mystery. Honestly just throw your favorite books at me so I can finally read after a highly intense year.

Thank you guys:)
Ella, I HIGHLY recommend The Different Kinds of Monsters by Seth Chambers. It cured my reading slump for sure. I finished it in 2 days.

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Post by Julie Green » 18 Jun 2018, 12:40

Hi Ella
You totally should read the Shardlake series by CJ Samson. It's set in the sixteenth century during the reign of Henry VIII. If you're looking for some escapism, I found these books to be absolutely absorbing!

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Post by pricklypurple » 27 Jun 2018, 08:16

Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly

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Post by Paolamtl » 28 Jun 2018, 11:11

Some of my favorites are Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (Warning: Not like the Studio Ghibli movie!), Sabriel by Garth Nix, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke, and Mr. Penumbra's 24hr Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

I'm really, REALLY going to recommend something in Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series. There's tons of books and starting points, but I would recommend beginning with Closer to Home (The Herald Spy series). They're kinda old-school cheesy fantasy, but easy and quick to read. I also want to recommend Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, starting with either Guards! Guards! or Monstrous Regiment. Again, there's a ton of books and starting points, but Pratchett's writing is super funny and always lifts my mood, even if his stuff can be a bit hard to read.

Good luck on your exams!

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Post by chupke07 » 12 Jul 2018, 11:39

If you haven't read it The Name of the Wind is fantastic. It is part of the King slayer chronicles and two of the three books are out so far. It is long, but it is so good. Ive read them both twice.

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Post by BeingTheWriter » 14 Jul 2018, 15:22

Elldarling wrote:
14 Jun 2018, 12:22
Hello there, my name is Ella and I would very much appreciate some good book recommendations. I’m just about to finish some very stressful exams and desperately need an escape to the fictional world.

My favorite genres are fantasy, historical fiction and mystery. Honestly just throw your favorite books at me so I can finally read after a highly intense year.

Thank you guys:)
You may have read it but you may like 11/22/63 by Stephen King!

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Post by Bonnie Shelby » 15 Jul 2018, 19:42

I read these books a while ago, but if you're looking for historical fiction, you might like Nefertiti and/or Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran. I remember them to be fascinating and realistic accounts of strong female women in history. You might want to check them out :)

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Post by Bukari » 18 Jul 2018, 14:13

I will give you the opportunity to read a book that is in the genre of Sci-Fi. The Dragon Friend written by Marc.
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Post by EmeraldEyes8918 » 19 Jul 2018, 09:00

Philippa Gregory has written some fantastic historical fiction about the female royalty during the medieval and Tudor dynasties, 'The Other Boleyn Girl' and 'The White Queen' being the most famous having been adapted into a film and a television series respectively.

I recently read 'The White Princess' and really enjoyed the historical aspect as well as the exploring of the dynamics of the Tudor court, but anything by Philippa Gregory is a win in this genre.

Hope you are recovering well after all the exams, you are well deserved to have a rest! :)

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Post by Jordyn177 » 21 Jul 2018, 17:25

Hi Ella! Oh so many good books to recommend, but this is the best one I've read in a few years: Perfume: story of a murderer by Patrick Suskind. Its powerful, beautiful, tragic and utterly fascinating. It also a movie of you care to watch it after (if you haven't already).

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Post by Christineegm » 04 Aug 2018, 23:15

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Scythe by Neil Shusterman

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Post by AngharadB » 20 Aug 2018, 14:36

For a good mystery/thriller, I could not recommend the Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman more highly. It is one of those books that just stays with you and you have to re-read. And then if you like that, there are many other books (sadly, of variable quality) by the same author. But start with Dead Languages.

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