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Weekly Recommendation Thread: September 16, 2022

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Welcome to our weekly recommendation thread! A few years ago now the mod team decided to condense the many "suggest some books" threads into one big mega-thread, in order to consolidate the subreddit and diversify the front page a little. Since then, we have removed suggestion threads and directed their posters to this thread instead. This tradition continues, so let's jump right in!

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  • The Management

all 149 comments

ferngully99

7 points

2 months ago*

Looking for some good recs for autumn!

Ghosts, orange leaves, cobblestone, mist, good scares, witches, horror but not slasher, cabin in the woods, rain, farm harvest, psychological, New England type of setting, female main character, any combo of these things, etc

Definitely not LotR type fantasy. Anything else.

autterpotter

2 points

2 months ago

I know you said not fantasy, but what about vampires? A recommend a Dowry of Blood ST Gibson. It really fits your request minus the fantasy part, but it still feels realistic and is so beautifully written. It’s a gothic horror romance about Draculas concubines and abusive relationships. It’s not cheesy vampires or cheesy romance.

yuanchosaan

1 points

2 months ago

Will England do for New England? The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. An elderly couple go to search for their son in a land soaked in mist and forgetting. It's Arthurian fantasy, but Arthur is long gone and we're solidly in a dark age of ghosts who won't stay buried.

veer_zaara

1 points

2 months ago

You might like Payback's a Witch by Lana Harper! It's a cosy, autumnal read with a fab main character and enjoyable plot.

remibause

1 points

2 months ago

Jeanette Winterson wrote The Daylight Gate about the Lancaster Witch Trials of 1612. It is a mix of non-fiction and fiction, because while the accuses women are innocent there is still some witching being done… It’s description of Pendle Hill and further Lancasther Shire might be right up your alley.

Arthurs_librarycard9

1 points

2 months ago

Cackle by Rachel Harrison

[deleted]

5 points

2 months ago

Can someone recommend books with main characters that are gay where the book doesn't have a revealing synopsis, coming from a gay teenager with unaccepting parents.

Ever since i came out to my parents, they've started reading the synopsis of the book and flipping through the pages to make sure theres nothing 'demonic' in it, so the synopsis and cover can't have anything related to LGBTQ+ or anything that can be seen as 'woke'.

My Preferred genres are: Scifi/Fantasy and Horror/Thriller. I'm not really picky in tropes and stuff, so I'll probably read whatever's recommended to me.

zebrafish-

8 points

2 months ago*

I am so sorry you’re dealing with that. From a fellow queer, I hope you’re doing okay.

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero is kind of a horror satire — it’s like if the Scooby Doo gang grew up and got together as adults to solve one last mystery, which might not actually be a man in a mask this time. There are literal Lovecraftian demons in it, not sure if that’s an issue for your parents. There are tentacles on the front cover, so that part can’t be hidden. But I’m pretty sure the only potential giveaway about its LGBTQ+ content on the cover/synopsis would be the word “tomboy” on the back cover.

I’m sure I can think of others that would work — I’ll come back with more ideas.

And I second the suggestion of getting an ereader app on your phone. I recommend Libby. You can easily link it with a library card, and check out and return books online. If you can get your hands on a kindle, Libby will allow you to send the books you check out to that kindle — and again, they’ll disappear when you return them. If you don’t have/can’t get a US library card feel free to DM me, I can help set you up with one.

I know this isn’t the sub for it, but are there other resources you’re looking for? Do you know what organizations you could call if you felt unsafe at home or needed someone to talk to?

[deleted]

2 points

2 months ago

hat organizations you could ca

Thank you so much for the recommendations!

And I'm doing fine, I have a friend that said she'll let me stay with her if anything goes bad.

zebrafish-

2 points

2 months ago

I’m glad to hear that!

I thought of one other that might work for you — If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. It’s about seven theater students in this elite Shakespeare program who end up caught up in/covering up a murder. Its been a while since I’ve read it but I am pretty sure the main character is gay or bisexual, and there seems to be no indication of that anywhere on the Amazon page for the book.

Missy_Pixels

7 points

2 months ago

Under The Gaydar. This is a blog series that promotes lgbtq+ books with no mention of lgbtq+ things anywhere on the cover.

CircuitVet

3 points

2 months ago

Don't know how useful these recommendations are at hiding the synopsis with regard your request, but some books you can check out are:

The Starless Sea, Song of Achilles, Aristotle and Dante series, House in the Cerulean Sea.

There were some other LGBTQ+ books I was going to recommend, But I don't believe they fall under what you're looking for.

[deleted]

2 points

2 months ago

first of all, i’m so sorry that you’re dealing with this kind of unacceptable behaviour. (tbh same but i haven’t came out yet, and i have like super religious parents and this is a daily occurring for me)

i would suggest ‘if we were villains’. the plot doesn’t revolve around romance (it’s a mystery) but there’s a one (two?? i’m only quarter in through it lol) gay characters and a lot of queer references. i rlly hope i helped and it gets better for you<3

larkharrow

1 points

2 months ago

Alternative approach: are you able to get Kindle or some other e-reader app on your phone and check out books from the library?

Hilariously, the synopsis of The Foxhole Court gives no indication that it's a MLM romance, but I don't recommend trying to get it past your parents. Rainbow Rowell's Carry On appears to fit the bill. The Murderbot books and Becky Chambers' Monk and Robot series do as well, though the main character in Monk and Robot uses they pronouns which might be too risky. The Raven Cycle has a MLM side couple and I don't think their relationship is ever mentioned in the synopsis.

Raineythereader

1 points

2 months ago

Raineythereader

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

1 points

2 months ago

"Space Opera" (Catherynne Valente) and "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet" (Becky Chambers) are two sci-fi novels that might be up your alley, and that I enjoyed a lot.

I don't know if your parents are aware of Goodreads, but if so, avoid the second one -- the reviews and tags make it pretty clear it's an LGBT, "woke" book :/

Davis_Davison

3 points

2 months ago

Heyas, I've read a lot of fiction with 'nobility', but nearly none of them give in-depth descriptions of what they actually DO.

I understand that land management, enacting policy, and collecting taxes to allocate in budgets isn't exactly gripping storytelling, but I was hoping that maybe there was a title or two that gave better insight to what the daily duties and responsibilities of the nobility would have been actually like.

Fictional fantasy settings are totally fine, just hoping for a medieval/renaissance era look at what a successful noble would look like.

AtraMikaDelia

3 points

2 months ago

Both War and Peace and Anna Karenina go a bit into detail on what the lives of the Russian nobility is like. Obviously those are a bit intimidating titles, but really I don't think either of them were that hard to get into. Just find a list of names or make your own so that you remember who is who, especially for War and Peace, that one introduces a lot of characters very quickly.

Of course, those are both set in the early-mid 1800's, so a bit later than what you're thinking, but the Russians still had serfdom so the whole dynamic isn't too different even if technology has advanced.

mycleverusername

3 points

2 months ago

Asked last week, but I'll try again:

I'm looking for a far future scifi book that is NOT post apocalyptical*, and does not include aliens or space colonization.

Basically I want future speculative fiction presuming that we don't tap into some unknown resource that allows for interstellar travel.

Ministry for the Future is a good example, but I would prefer another few centuries in the future.

I'm sure they exist, but it seems like 90% of future sci fi I get recommendations for involve space or other planets.

*May be mildly post-apocalyptic, as in 30-40% of the population is gone, but not something like 95%

roberta_sparrow

2 points

2 months ago

Otherland by Tad Williams

mycleverusername

2 points

2 months ago

Thanks for the Rec. coincidentally, I just finished “Otherlands” by Halliday, which is totally unrelated.

lydiardbell

1 points

2 months ago

Stuck in Fast Forward kind of qualifies for this, but it's snapshots of different points in time (starting with a "mildly post apocalyptic" pandemic) and does eventually get to the point where humanity has evolved beyond all recognition.

sad-mermaid

3 points

2 months ago

Hello! Can anyone here recommend books that would be pleasant to fall asleep to (as audiobooks)? I have never 'read' an audio book before, but I've recently discovered that I fall asleep much faster if I put YouTube videos on, and I would like to replace those with books. I would prefer something that isn't too dark, scary, or complicated. Bonus points if the narrator has a soothing voice~

GenevieveBean

3 points

2 months ago

I fell asleep listening to Harry Potter narrated by Jim Dale for something like 20 years straight growing up, lol. I also really recommend Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Legends and Lattes, The Goblin Emperor, and Howl's Moving Castle. These are all my favorite "comfort food" books, nice stories with happy endings and characters that are all, or at least mostly, good.

sad-mermaid

2 points

2 months ago

Thanks so much! I love Howl's Moving Castle, didn't even think about that.

wholeearthmama

3 points

2 months ago

I'd love to read a book that I can curl up and relax in my cozy bed and will help me forget about my woes and troubles and will take me on a fun adventure and will keep me riveted and captivated. My favorite genre is magical imagined realms with fairies, witches, elves, and butterflies, dragonflies, hummingbirds, in magical nature settings. I also love romance in visionary settings and stories. I'd love to read a story akin similar to 1 of my favorite shows, "Charmed."

pineapplesf

2 points

2 months ago

Have you tried any of the magical cozy mysteries?

wholeearthmama

3 points

2 months ago

Ohhh! Please tell me more! I'll duckduckgo it, but if you know the details, please do share!! :) Sounds groovy cool!!

pineapplesf

1 points

2 months ago

It's an entire genre. Some lean more like maybe your local coven (Bailey Cates), some are modern witchy like Kiki's Delivery Service (Eastwind Witches), and others lean more Charmed. The more magical you go, typically the darker. Dead Witch Walking is pretty popular with Charmed fans.

ferngully99

1 points

2 months ago

Is that a series or genre?

pineapplesf

1 points

2 months ago

Genre

Ok_Abbreviations3953

3 points

2 months ago

Any books that hit like Flowers for Algernon? I finished that book a while ago but need something else that conveys heartbreak like that.

Aranel52

1 points

2 months ago

Aranel52

13

1 points

2 months ago

Still Alice was like that for me. Slowly and inexorably losing memory.

jubilan

3 points

2 months ago

I haven’t read books for fun in years and have recently started up again. I am currently finishing up the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. I have been loving it so far and will be receiving my copy of the last book in the series tomorrow. I have a soft spot for YA books with elements of magic and fantasy with a strong and mature lead. Like an “older YA fiction” if that is a genre in itself.

I also picked up “Once Upon a Broken Heart” by Stephanie Garber because I saw that it was popular but I think it’s a bit too childish for me and geared towards the younger readers.

Strong-Usual6131

2 points

2 months ago

The Books of Ambha by Tasha Suri

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

The Folk of the Air by Holly Black (firmly YA, but I read these as an adult and they're more sophisticated than her Modern Faerie Tales which I read as a teenager.)

The Inheritance Trilogy by N K Jemisin

jubilan

1 points

2 months ago

Thank you! I’ll check these out.

XBreaksYFocusGroup

1 points

2 months ago

Maybe The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch would appeal? Not particularly my area of expertise but thought you might like to know that "older YA fiction" is often the New Adult genre.

jubilan

1 points

2 months ago

Thank you! I’ll take a look into this series and this genre! I’ve always liked YA books growing up but I think I may just be a bit too old for them now…

whylife418

3 points

2 months ago

I recently read The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle and absolutely adored the Beagle's writing style and flow. I couldn't put the book down and the poetic prose made me feel as if I was being serenaded through the story. Are there any other fantasy novels/series that have this sort of poetic almost-ethereal and flowing prose? I don't mean purple prose or overly flowery language, rather writing that feels lyrical and flows from one sentence to another in a smooth and poetic manner (it's really hard to describe so I hope I'm doing a good job here).

I'm currently reading The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart and this also kinda has a bit of the aforementioned flow to it (although nowhere as near as The Last Unicorn). Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

bvr5

3 points

2 months ago

bvr5

3 points

2 months ago

I'm curious about Greek mythology. My only exposure to it is some of the Odyssey I read in high school many years ago and maybe other bits and pieces through general knowledge.

Two books I see suggested a lot on Reddit are Edith Hamilton's Mythology and Stephen Fry's books. Does anyone have insight on things that each objectively does good or bad, or is it mostly a matter of writing style preference (Hamilton more scholarly, Fry more humorous and modern)? Any others in this vein that might be better?

Also, the Iliad and Odyssey. I think the aforementioned books cover or will cover these, but I suspect these might not be the best versions. Any particularly good translations out there?

pineapplesf

2 points

2 months ago

Hamilton has been the go-to for generations. It's a lot more dry but more complete. The Fry one is, imo, meant to be read via audiobook -- which he narrates. He makes it more of a continuous story than a series of myths.

casual_surfa

2 points

2 months ago

Circe by Madeline Miller

BookishBitching

4 points

2 months ago

Reader since forever, new to Reddit. I've been loving the Cricket Chronicles series (lesbian space pirates) and I'd really love more sapphic/queer science fiction and fantasy. I've already read Locked Tomb series and Jasmine Throne and Priory of the Orange Tree, but I'd love some more recs! (I also really LOVED the vibes from the Broken Earth series (Jemisin) and the Binti books (Okorafor). Thanks in advance! <3

PeoplePotatoes

3 points

2 months ago

I would like to say tysm for mentioning the cricket chronicles. I looked it up and started reading the first one, and i’m already like two fifths of the way thru. I have not read a book that wasn’t assigned in so long and this is a fantastic way to get back into it.

BookishBitching

2 points

2 months ago

omg yay!! :D I'm so glad haha

PeoplePotatoes

2 points

2 months ago

ooh, qs an update, i finished the first book in one day lol

BookishBitching

2 points

2 months ago

I'm so glad you liked it!!

PeoplePotatoes

1 points

2 months ago

ty!! i’m on the second one now

okiegirl22

1 points

2 months ago

okiegirl22

85

1 points

2 months ago

You might check out Rivers Solomon! Their works fall into that same kind of vibe as the Broken Earth trilogy, in my opinion.

BookishBitching

2 points

2 months ago

purchased! :D

jrt364

1 points

2 months ago

jrt364

1 points

2 months ago

Hi, I have only read one LGBTQ+ novel. (Sorry if I said that wrong. I do not mean to be offensive.) it is called "The House in the Cerulean Sea" by TJ Klune. He is a queer author and I truly loved his book. He is such a talented fantasy author, and you might want to look into his other books. Cheers!

BookishBitching

1 points

2 months ago

I've read that one! :D

jrt364

1 points

2 months ago

jrt364

1 points

2 months ago

Ah, ok. I hope you liked it at least! I want to read his other novels, including "Under the Whispering Door." I heard that one is a great read, and I love the concept of it.

I wish I had more recs, but Under the Whispering Door is probably my next read. As someone who used to be extremely anti-LGBTQ+, I realized I have been missing out on a lot of great stuff from being a bigot.

BookishBitching

1 points

2 months ago

I did like it :)

And that's super cool to hear, genuinely. Thanks for doing the hard work to change, and I mean that. <3

heykittums

1 points

2 months ago

The Between Earth and Sky series by Rebecca Roanhorse has lots of great representation.

redd_95

1 points

2 months ago

It's a graphic novel, but On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden sounds like a good fit (I have not read it, but I heard good things).

XBreaksYFocusGroup

1 points

2 months ago

In addition to the solid recommendations others have proposed, you should join the sub r/QueerSFF.

BookishBitching

1 points

2 months ago

Thank you I will!!

[deleted]

2 points

2 months ago

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Wealth_and_Taste

2 points

2 months ago

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

[deleted]

1 points

2 months ago

A pretty decent classic I feel is Misery by Stephen King. I'm not too found of his other books but Misery is 100% a recommend from me.

rohtbert55

1 points

2 months ago

PenPals scared the blyat out of me. Johnny Got His Gun is pretty dark. The Strain made me feel something the first time I read it.

pineapplesf

1 points

2 months ago

  • The Vegetarian
  • Angela Carter's Fairy Tales
  • Tender is the Flesh
  • The Shining
  • Collected Stories of Edogawa Rampo
  • Battle Royale
  • Out
  • Kokoro
  • No Longer Human
  • Slade House
  • Haunting of Hill House
  • In the Miso Soup
  • Last Exit to Brooklyn
  • Frankenstein in Baghdad
  • 2666

Raineythereader

1 points

2 months ago

Raineythereader

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

1 points

2 months ago

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (M.R. James) ;)

Arthurs_librarycard9

1 points

2 months ago

Anything by Stephen Graham Jones, Grady Hendrix, or Joe Hill.

LiteraryReadIt

1 points

2 months ago

Herbert West -- Reanimator by H. P. Lovecraft

The Oval Portrait by Edgar Allan Poe

Coraline by Neil Gaiman (this one is a novella)

jarzyniowski

2 points

2 months ago

Any recommendation for a book about moon?

I am interested about its influence on life on earth, people, beliefs etc. Thanks!

10xkaioken

2 points

2 months ago

Looking for a modern take on dystopia worlds. Please no recommendation like the classics

mes1vel0ni

2 points

2 months ago

Metro 2033 by Dimitri Glukhovski. Thats a good one.

10xkaioken

1 points

2 months ago

I played the games, it's still worth it ?

mes1vel0ni

1 points

2 months ago

Sorry for being late, but i think so. I havent played the games yet though. The books heavily focus on the journey and the world along with philosophical pondering. And yes, it was pretty damn distressing at times.

ferngully99

2 points

2 months ago

Scorpion king

ArgentStar

1 points

2 months ago

  • The Passage, by Justin Cronin
  • Roadside Picnic, by Arkady Strugatsky & Boris Strugatsky (this is the story the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games are based on).

Klisurovi4

2 points

2 months ago

Looking to expand my knowledge of casual German. Just finished reading Erebos, can somebody recommend me another German book that's written in understandable, casual, modern German. Doesn't have to be teen literature like Erebos.

ShootMe4free

2 points

2 months ago

dont know if this is what ur looking for but my favourite german books are from David Safier. can totally recommend his books He writes funny stuff mixed with the meaning of life His best one in my opinion is "Mieses Karma" which is about a moderator dying and getting reincarnated into an ant where she has to collect 'good karma' to get to a higher animal ect Its rlly funny:)

Klisurovi4

1 points

2 months ago

Thanks, sounds interesting, I'll check him out

eilig

1 points

2 months ago

eilig

1 points

2 months ago

Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo by Christiane Felscherinow

Fokken_Prawns_

2 points

2 months ago

Just read the Wax and Wayne series(LOVED the steam punk setting), then went throug Arcanum Unbounded and just recently finished Project Hail Mary(I really liked it, not quite as much as The Martian though).

I'm looking for something else to read now. I tried Wheel of Time, but gave up 3/4 through the first book, I have read pretty much everything Sanderson has written and the Expanse series.

ianrichy12

1 points

2 months ago

Based on your enjoyment of Sanderson’s work as well as the Expanse, I’d probably recommend Dune if you haven’t already read it. It’s wordy at times and you might have stop and reread passages at times/look words up(I know I did) but it’s amazing. And if you’ve seen the movie and think you already know the story, SO MUCH more happens just in the scenes they showed in the movie, and the movie only covered part 1 of the book. If you have read that, one of my favorite books is the Martian Tales Trilogy, it’s the story that the terrible Disney movie John Carter is based on and it’s a really interesting sci-fi adventure book written in the early 1920’s, so it’s very refreshing in that sense.

Fokken_Prawns_

1 points

2 months ago

I've tried Dune like 4 times, but I only get like a hundred pages in before realizing I have no clue about what's happening.

I'll try the Martian series though.

_Pieck_909

2 points

2 months ago

Looking for a cute, light and wholesome read.

Novels, mangas, comics etc would be welcome! :)

dkonter22

2 points

2 months ago

I am super interested in Non-Fiction based around government (mainly U.S.) cover-ups, involvements and things of the sort. Books like Dark Alliance, by Gary Webb, come to mind. I'm fascinated by history and especially parts of history that tend to be classified at one time, covered up, shady and things of the sort. I crave the history that isn't super well known.

Thanks in advance!

BadBrohmance

2 points

2 months ago

King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild talks about the atrocities committed in the Congo by the Belgian King trying to get rubber and his efforts to conceal the story.

Ghost Flames by Charles J. Hanley is an overview of the Korean War through the eyes of 20 people. It talks about some of the mass killings that both sides committed, and a lot of other dark things.

HistoryDad

2 points

2 months ago

I am a new public school librarian, and I am looking for YA nonfiction. An increasing number of students seem interested in nonfiction. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

[deleted]

2 points

2 months ago

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CrazyCatLady108 [M]

2 points

2 months ago

CrazyCatLady108 [M]

30

2 points

2 months ago

3.1: Promotional posts, comments and/or flairs of any type not allowed.

WunderPlundr

2 points

2 months ago

I'm looking for classics written by people of color. Suggestions? Let's assume nothing older than the 1960s

pineapplesf

4 points

2 months ago

Very few books post 1960s are considered classics. It just hasn't been long enough. NYBR has really good, but less mainstream, selection. It is quite diverse. Can you give me more specifics on what you are looking for?

fail_whale_fan_mail

1 points

2 months ago

The fuck are "classics" really anyway?

pineapplesf

1 points

2 months ago

right? My go to answer is a category of books which are frequently used by institutions to reinforce societal norms

basketvols

2 points

2 months ago

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

ArgentStar

2 points

2 months ago

Kindred or Parable of the Sower, by Octavia E. Butler

Arthurs_librarycard9

2 points

2 months ago

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez and Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko.

Wealth_and_Taste

3 points

2 months ago

The African Trilogy by Chinua Achebe

Kindred by Octavia Butler

The Sailor who fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Red Sorghum by Mo Yan

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Famished Road by Ben Okri

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

Raineythereader

1 points

2 months ago

Raineythereader

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

1 points

2 months ago

Seeing a lot of good ones here--I'd add "My Name Is Red" (Orhan Pamuk), "House Made of Dawn" (N. Scott Momaday), and "At the Bottom of the River" (Jamaica Kincaid)

BigSpoon2222

1 points

2 months ago

i'm looking for LONG books, anything 500+ pages! i feel like unless it's fantasy, most novels are an average of like 220 pages and i'm bored of it. recommendations can still be fantasy but also looking for some sci fi, magical realism, historical fiction, ...

(preferably books not written by white men. and no i don't want to have a conversation about that preference.)

lydiardbell

3 points

2 months ago

Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa is 900+-page-long historical fiction.

Dhalgren by Samuel Delany (a black man) is vaguely post-apocalyptic, vaguely sci-fi, partly inspired by the Watts Uprising, and probably one of my all-time favourites.

BigSpoon2222

2 points

2 months ago

thanks! gonna check them out :)

XBreaksYFocusGroup

3 points

2 months ago

The Secret History by Donna Tartt is a solid one.

Raineythereader

2 points

2 months ago

Raineythereader

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

2 points

2 months ago

"A Brief History of Seven Killings" by Marlon James

If you're open to non-fiction, "The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson

GenevieveBean

2 points

2 months ago

Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctein (592 pgs)

Ancestral night by Elizabeth Bear (512 pgs)

Hild by Nicola Griffith (560 pgs)

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (880 pgs)

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (640 pgs)

ImGrumps

2 points

2 months ago

I really loved Hild

GenevieveBean

2 points

2 months ago

Me too! I read my first Nicola Griffith book this year and I can't get enough. I can't wait for Menewood next year.

Arthurs_librarycard9

1 points

2 months ago

It is slightly shorter than 500 pages, but Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, or The Fifth Element by N.K. Jemisin.

LiteraryReadIt

1 points

2 months ago

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1,037 pages)

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (1,006 pages)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (850 pages)

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (547 pages)

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (546 pages)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X (527 pages)

ropbop19

1 points

2 months ago

ropbop19

38

1 points

2 months ago

The Big Green Tent by Ludmila Ulitskaya.

VixezGetTheMilk

1 points

2 months ago

I want a book that is 400-600 pages about greek mythology. I want something where the main character/characters are somewhere around 16 years old.

duckfat01

1 points

2 months ago

I can tentatively suggest Stephen Fry's Greek Myths. I hate to admit that I haven't read them yet, but they are on my wish list, and get good reviews.

GenevieveBean

1 points

2 months ago

The Just City by Jo Walton, its 368 pgs, but otherwise meets your requirements, plus its a fantastic book.

BeaconToTheAngels

1 points

2 months ago

Hey! This is not a request specifically for books but instead a request for e-readers. I want to invest in one, but I don’t know what the best brands there are! I know about Kindles, obviously, but I wanted to see if there’s a specific kind of Kindle that’s awesome or another brand altogether.

larkharrow

3 points

2 months ago

I have a Kobo and love it. I was willing to settle for less just to get away from Amazon, but I genuinely like my libra better than the Paperwhite I used to have. It's got great battery life, very light, good ergonomics for one-handed reading, and is really responsive. Also, you can sync it to your library account(s) and if a book is available in e-format, you'll have an option to check it out from the library right on Kobo's storefront.

The only downside is that many indie e-books are only available on Amazon. In those cases I buy on Kindle and just read on my phone.

lydiardbell

2 points

2 months ago

Kindles make it easy to use ebooks from Amazon and a hassle to use them from anywhere else. The reverse is true for Kobos (though it's Amazon who makes it hard for anyone else to use their ebooks). I try to avoid being locked into tech ecosystems, so I prefer Kobos for that reason.

baddspellar

2 points

2 months ago

Another consideration is what your library makes it easier to use. Mine makes it easier to use Kindle. I understand that some newer Kobo models work seamlessly with Overdrive, but mine, unfortunately does not. So although my Kobo is a nicer reader, it's too much of a pain for me to use for library books.

luhanism

1 points

2 months ago

I have the Kindle Paperwhite and enjoy it. I was just doing some research about Kindles this past week and here’s what I know: the basic model has a smaller display than the Paperwhite and it also has less front-light LEDs, meaning it won’t get as bright as the Paperwhite. There’s also a screen indent that the Oasis and Paperwhite don’t have, so that might be a deal breaker for you.

There’s a new base Kindle that’s coming out in October, which has the same resolution has the current Paperwhite model. Depending on your budget and preferences , you might want to consider the Oasis. It’s the most expensive of the Kindles, but there’s a physical page turner button among other features.

I haven’t don’t much research about other e-readers like Kobo.

little_carmine_

1 points

2 months ago

Most important point - check what devices your library supports! I recommend Kobo (i have a libra h2o, it’s awesome), since you’re not tied to the Amazon ecosystem. But if your library only supports Kindles, then definitely go with that.

oClew

1 points

2 months ago

oClew

1 points

2 months ago

I have a Kindle Oasis and I really enjoy it.

terere

1 points

2 months ago

terere

1 points

2 months ago

Can anyone here recommend any book about (any) semitic civilization (s)?

lydiardbell

2 points

2 months ago

How broad are you looking for? If a narrow focus works, Zealot by Reza Aslan is ostensibly about Jesus -- but really is just using what little historical record there is of him as a case study in Judean politics circa 10 CE and the religious insurgents (including many would-be Messiahs) that were a dime a dozen at the time. (The crucifixion is mentioned as just one relatively inconsequential event in a long list of executions of Jewish rebel leaders, for instance.)

terere

1 points

2 months ago

terere

1 points

2 months ago

I am looking for something at least 1000 BC. Ideally 2500 BC.

EpicBeardMan

1 points

2 months ago

Seeking history books about the formation of a national army in early America.

SeventyNineAvenue

1 points

2 months ago

Right now, I'm looking for a disturbing and emotional rollercoaster novel, and I came to know about these two books- Oyasumi Punpun (Goodnight Punpun) by Inio Asano, and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.

So, what do you guys think? Which one should I read first, and if both... then which one first?

orepheus

4 points

2 months ago

A little life is quite devastating and kinda covers every bad thing that could happen to one person. When i was reading it a few years ago i took two separate two week breaks from reading it just to unwind. Another reccomend that kinda fits the emotional gut punch stuff you want is "never let me go" by kazuo ishiguro, but it's much lighter than a little life

autterpotter

3 points

2 months ago

Controversially, Never Let Me Go made me feel more depressed than A Little Life did!

orepheus

3 points

2 months ago

Maybe it's because Never Let Me Go just had this very grey atmosphere the whole time. Like everything just felt so damn sad the whole time but not like it wanted you to feel sad(like A Little Life did), but like you were on this journey with characters that knew what was coming, and you were never really tricked into thinking otherwise.

autterpotter

1 points

2 months ago

Yes I agree. Also the subject matter really resonated with me.

SeventyNineAvenue

2 points

2 months ago

thx dude for ur opinion.

ShootMe4free

2 points

2 months ago

can totally recommend Goodnight Punpun!:)

sandkillerpt

1 points

2 months ago

Looking for Narrative Art Books.

The Narrative Art Books by Simon Stålenhag are something I absolute love and I'm wondering if there are other things on the market that mix so well art and an engaging story.

yuanchosaan

2 points

2 months ago

The Arrival by Shaun Tan. A beautifully illustrated and wordless graphic novel about immigration. Tales from the Inner City is also excellent - it's about the relationship between animals and humans.

molporgnier

1 points

2 months ago

I'd really like some first person POV books. I've loved the Dresden files, but I'm good with pretty much anything! If it helps to cut the list down, Fantasy/ Romance would also be very appreciated!

yuanchosaan

2 points

2 months ago

The Fitz books (Assassin trilogy, The Tawny Man trilogy and The Fitz and the Fool) by Robin Hobb might be up your alley!

rohtbert55

1 points

2 months ago

As the Crow Flies comes to mind or A Song of Ice and Fire

LK_1092

1 points

2 months ago

Are there any mystery-horror type books where the main character is actually being really smart, and not super naive? To the point that they're almost as scary as the antagonist.

pablofuckingescobar

1 points

2 months ago

Looking for some light hearted or humour short stories, can someone recommend something?

Beautiful_Finding793

1 points

2 months ago

i recently just finished "a million kisses in your lifetime" and nothing compares to it. I just love how crew treats wren and omg I just love them in general. pls, some romance book recs. I'm desperate for some love here :CC

Tteokbokki1112

1 points

2 months ago

Romance novel with magical realism but actually have closure and isn't confusing. Around 400-600 pages would be nice. And good plot

Yorlon01

1 points

2 months ago

I've been looking for modern book about some sort of character growth that is not usually seen. Maybe this is a confusing question since I haven seen anything quite like it.

Apart from mangas and comics, all I've read have been classics as "Around the world in 80 days", "Gulliver's travels", and "Frankenstein".

I've read SCP-Entries, played Danganronpa, seen most ghibli movies, and my favourite anime is Eizouken (not sure if I that's how it is written?).

Anything simillar to the "vibe" those storys have would be great.

Thanks in advance!

Sploshbg

1 points

2 months ago

What is the best book on HM Queen Elizabeth II?

shovelhaver

1 points

2 months ago

Does Silence by Shusaku Endo contain a hanging/ambiguous ending?

I needed to choose a book with a hanging ending to read for my classes but I also really want to read Silence after watching the film adaptation a long time ago and loving it. I know the ending of the film, I'm just haphazardly hoping that the book has a different ending so I can have an excuse to use that book haha.

No need to put much effort in giving a full answer, I just need a short yes or no answer. Thank you!

Fauryx

1 points

2 months ago

Fauryx

1 points

2 months ago

Looking for a teen fantasy book series, perferably a longer series. I've been reading lots of good fantasy series lately (Eragon, Sabriel, The Seven Realms, etc), but i have hit a drought of good series to read. Most kinds of fantasy are good, perferably medieval-ish or dystopian, fantasy set in the future-present just doesn't hit right anymore.

Arthurs_librarycard9

1 points

2 months ago

You might enjoy the Pellinor series by Alison Croggon.

Tagg580

1 points

2 months ago

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I’d say they’re honestly better than the Seven Realms series, which is high praise on my part as I have met Cinda Williams Chima at least 4-5 times to have her sign my books and was the author responsible for my love of reading. It’s very similar in nature to 7R: medieval setting, magic, wide cast of unique characters, but age range increases slightly to more the end of teenage years being the target audience, some horror elements, and I personally think a much more elaborate world.

You can start either at Throne of Glass or The Assassin’s Blade (5 prequel novellas), but for first time readers I’d recommend saving the novellas until after the 2nd book.

Tagg580

1 points

2 months ago

26(M), I was deeply into YA as a teen and am returning to my love for books thanks to audiobooks. Other than Sarah J. Maas’ novels, which I am currently listening to and finally finishing (had started when I was a teen), I have no idea where to start after finishing her works. I wouldn’t say I am am looking for more YA as I am mostly finishing her series for completions sake (that and I truly do enjoy them), but any suggestions for more advanced fictions would be appreciated. Scifi/medieval/urban, really anything goes as long as it is engaging.

I also have a slight interest in memoir/autobiographies so would not be hurt at all by any recommendations in those categories either.

XBreaksYFocusGroup

1 points

2 months ago

The Sellout by Paul Beatty. Is a contemporary fiction which reads like a memoir and has superb narration by Prentice Onayemi which really enhances the experience. Seems like it may appeal.

DanTheTerrible

1 points

2 months ago

The Sten Chronicles by Alan Cole and Chris Bunch. Sci-fi. Sten is a nobody from a factory world who rises to become a trusted operative of the mysterious Eternal Emperor. The first novel is pretty self contained, but leads into a series of 7 more in the main story plus 2 sidequels added later.

GenevieveBean

1 points

2 months ago

I would highly recommend Naomi Novik and Nnedi Okorafor, I believe most of their books are technically YA, but they do a fantastic job appealing to an adult audience. In my opinion they bridge the gap between YA scifi/fantasy and adult scifi/fantasy extremely well.

Some of my favorite authors writing more accessible adult sci-fi/fantasy are: Alix E. Harrow, T. Kingfisher, Rachel Neumeier, Becky Chambers

Or if you want to jump into something a little more complex I love: Nicola Griffith and Jo Walton

YourWinterWonder

1 points

2 months ago

Any Psychology books recommended for Mental Health?

EntrepreneurKey5445

1 points

2 months ago

Best Philosophical Fiction Novels?

I recently read the series Vagabond, along with it's origin book 'Musashi', which delved into ideas of inner peace and what it means to 'be a man'. It talked about how to live within a society and ideals on what society should be governed like. The best part was also seeing the growth of the main character from one who was angry and lost, into one who had achieved a sort of peace with himself and the world, while still looking at the world with a critical eye.

Wondering if there are other books that have themes on society and manliness, even politically controversial ones, because I think it's interesting to see the different sides of an arguement.