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Subject: Need a book to read!
Date Posted: 8/4/2009 10:12 PM ET
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I'm looking for recomendations for a book to read. I have a wide range of tastes, especially science fiction, dark comedy, psychology, light romances, memoirs, and historical fiction. Really, I love anything. I've already read the standards of young adult fiction (Uglies, Sarah Dessen novels, James Patterson novels, etc, ...) and am looking for something else (not to say there is anything wrong with them). I read plain old fiction as well (not YA), I have no problem with that. It can be 800 pages, 100 pages, a graphic novel. Just suggest, please.

Thank You! C:


P.S. Please, no Twilight suggestions, I've already been down that road.

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Date Posted: 8/5/2009 2:06 AM ET
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What novels (YA or otherwise) have you really loved? You left a really wide range of guidelines, which makes it hard to suggest stuff.


My generic suggestion to someone whose tastes I don't know is Lois McMaster Bujold; her Vorkosigan series is some of the best written space opera I've ever seen, and the character development over the course of the series is fantastic. If you want fantasy, her Chalion series has a really well-realized world and religion, and her Sharing Knife series is good romance with hints of a fascinating American(ish) world.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 10:44 AM ET
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What kind of "something else" are you looking for? 

A couple books I've read recently that I really liked are The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols.  The Hunger Games is adventure/survival mixed with a little romance.  Going Too Far is about a troubled high schooler and the young cop she's forced to ride around with for a week.

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Date Posted: 8/5/2009 12:18 PM ET
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As always, I second the Lois McMaster Bujold suggestion.  She's the best!

You might also try Garth Nix's Abhorsen triology (Sabriel, Liriel, and Abhorsen).   It's a great YA dark fantasy that adults like too.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 1:07 PM ET
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I would try the Blue is for Nightmares series. I enjoyed them.

And I second the Abhorsen trilogy. They're absolutely amazing. The Golden Compass trilogy would be good too, if you haven't read those.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 2:42 PM ET
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Well, you gave us a wide range of options but I'd second votes for The Hunger Games. It is, quite simply, the best YA dystopian book to come out in a while. Other noteworthy books to check out are:


GRACELING by Kristin Cashore

LIFE AS WE KNEW IT by Susan Beth Pfeffer

THE DEMON'S LEXICON by Sarah Rees Brennan


the VAMPIRE ACADEMY series by Richelle Mead


And those are just some to get you started. Good luck!

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 4:23 PM ET
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A Modern Fairy Tale Triology by Holly Black.

  • Tithe
  • Valiant
  • Ironside

Poison by Chris Wooding.

Melissa Marr.

  • Wicked Lovely
  • Ink Exchange
  • Fragile Eternity

Anything by L.J. Smith

House of night by P.C and Kristin Cast

  • Marked
  • Betrayed
  • Chosen
  • Untamed
  • Hunted
  • Tempted

The Immortals by Alyson Noel.

  • Evermore
  • Blue Moon

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey.

Claudia Gray.

  • Evernight
  • Stargazer

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

  • City of Bones
  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass

The MIdnighters by Scott Westerfield

  • Secret Hour
  • Touching Darkness
  • Blue Noon

Annette Curtis Klause.

  • Silver Kiss
  • Blood and Chocolate
  • Freaks!: Alive on the inside

The Hollow Kingdom Triology by Clare B. Dunkle

  • The Hollow Kingdom
  • Close Kin
  • In the Coils of the Snake
  • By These Ten Bones (Not in this series but good book)

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Lingston

Chronicles of Faerie: by O.R. Melling.

  • The Summer King
  • The Hunter's moon
  • The Light-Bearer's Daughter
  • The Book of Dreams

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan



Date Posted: 8/7/2009 1:04 AM ET
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The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner.

and I'll second the Garth Nix, Melissa Marr, Graceling, and Life as We Knew It recommendations.

Date Posted: 8/7/2009 9:55 AM ET
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I have enjoyed:    Fablehaven series by Branon Mull  &  Leven Thumps Series by Obert Skye  many people haven't heard of these two series but my family and friends have  all really liked them.  Great kid books!

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 11:02 AM ET
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Thank you for all your recommendations, guys! I'll look them all up (with the exception of the Mortal Instruments, which I have already read and did not enjoy at all, unfortunatly)

And at those who suggested the Abhorsen triligoy by Garth Nix, I read that series a few years ago with it's short story compilation companion and absolutly loved it. To date it's one of my favorite series of all times.

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