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I need books. - April 4th 2014, 06:13 AM

I've been going through books like crazy this year, and I'd like to keep up the momentum. Problem is, I've been working through my actual list very quickly and need to figure out what I want to read. So hit me with your suggestions, guys.

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- not romance; there can be some kind of romantic aspect to the story, but if that's the main point of the book then count me out
- preferably in third person, because I tend to dislike first person narration/dislike the main character who's doing the narrating
- ideally something that's not giant, because my attention tends to wander fairly easily
- probably avoid anything that's really popular at the moment/overhyped because I'd rather not be disappointed again
- maybe stay away from urban fantasy, but anything else is fair game

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Re: I need books. - April 6th 2014, 03:55 AM

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I'm in the same dilemma, although I still have one book to finish before I'm searching for more. Have you looked into books that were made into TV series or movies you enjoy? That might be a good place to start. I'm currently ravaging through the vast amount of free kindle books, finding some winners. I'll let you know if any really stand out.



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Re: I need books. - April 6th 2014, 08:35 PM

Are there any genres you're specifically into or types of characters you like? Who are your favourite authors? What are some of your favourite books? It's hard to narrow it down at all otherwise, so anything you have that can help us give you more custom recommendations could work.


   
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Re: I need books. - April 8th 2014, 07:40 AM

See that's the thing, I'm trying to broaden my reading horizons and try things I wouldn't normally read. Typically I read young adult and/or fantasy, usually with a female main character, but I'm happy to try anything. I would tell you my favourite authors but four of my top five are all Australian and you probably haven't heard of most of them, so that wouldn't help. I'm horrible at remembering books I've read as well, but to give you an idea I've loved things from Nineteen Eighty-Four to Harry Potter to The Book Thief to All Quiet on the Western Front, so pretty much any genre or style is fine. In particular I'm interested in something with a twist ending and/or unreliable narrator, or with an 'unusual' writing style (say, for example, Ellen Hopkins). Does that help at all?


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