15 thoughts on “Suggest Books!

  1. outfortea says:

    I recommend this book to everyone, because it changed my life. Haha if you haven’t read it- “The Book Thief” by Marcus Zusak.
    “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt- it’s a murder thriller in reverse that is also unexpectedly deep and haunting.
    I don’t think I’ve read anything else recently that I’d recommend. Damn uni taking over my life.

  2. emma789 says:

    I agree with the other comment! No time to read, dammit. :/ But “The Buffalo Soldier” by Chris Bohjalian was really good. And if for some reason you haven’t read it – read “Dracula.” (The real one, not any of those knock-off types.) Totally creepy and brilliant. I recommend “Whale Talk” by Chris Crutcher to just about everyone I know – it’s not necessarily difficult to read, but the actual story will blow your mind.

    And finally, if you’re just looking for some fun chick lit, I thoroughly recommend Sarah Dessen.

  3. jeniwrites says:

    I’ve heard Jeannine Atkins’ BORROWED NAMES is really good! Oh, and Jenny Han’s THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY. (If you buy either of these, please report back and tell us what you think! I’m dying to read both. And if you haven’t ready Jenny Han’s SHUG, you’ll fall in love with it.)

  4. lalaith7 says:

    AHHH I’m so excited about Conspiracy of Kings, I 100% agree with getting The Thief and it’s subsequent books but you must not read about these book before you get them, just take our words for it they’re awesome!

  5. thecrazycatt says:


    Any book by Melina Marchetta
    Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (the last half is AMAZING)
    Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
    Anything by John Green
    North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
    Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
    Eyes Likes Stars by Lisa Mantchev
    Dream Factory by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler (a little corny but LOTS of good quotes. It’s a feel good book)
    The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass)
    Red Glass by Laura Resau
    Anything written by Elizabeth Scott

    Have fun buying books (and not getting into bankruptcy)! =D

    • lalaith7 says:

      I was writing while you posted and also recommended Melina Marchetta, isn’t she amazing? I’m trying to get my library to magically import her newest book like they did with Finnikin of the Rock. I also thought about recommending Elizabeth Scott, so Kudos to you for that and I’ll have to check out the rest of your list now since we agree on these things.

  6. lalaith7 says:

    Alright, I think I remember you saying you loved things that were just exceptionally well written prose, in that vein I really enjoy the writing style of Garret Freymann-Weyr, I also loved The Great Gatsby solely for the way F. Scott Fitzgerald used the English language.

    the rest of these I’m going to put into categories b/c I’m not super familiar with your taste yet.

    Fantasy/historical fantasy/sci-fi:
    Enchantment is a wonderful historical fairy-tale type book by Orson Scott Card.

    Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is a quintissential Sci-Fi novel, if you’re ever going to give this genre a chance, this is the book to pick up.

    Dream Hunter and its sequel Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox are wonderful historical fantasies that are incredibly innovative.

    The Eyre Affair and the other Thursday Next novels are loosely considered Sci-Fi, but they’re basically a literature lover’s version of the Hitchhiker’s Guide books, I loved them. (by Jasper Fforde)

    stardust is a delightful fantasy fairy tale and is better than the movie, I love Neil Gaiman, and not just because he lives in my home state.

    Howl’s Moving Castle was also a lot of fun for me to read.

    The House of the Scorpion by Nanacy Farmer is a wonderful post-apocalyptic YA novel that is awesome.

    The Perilous Gard is a book I wish I’d found sooner in life, a historical fantasy that’s sold as a middle grade I think but is wonderful.

    I also love Shannon Hale especially the books of Bayern.

    realistic fiction:

    I am in love with anything and everything written by Melina Marchetta, an Australian author she is awesome and I hate hate hate waiting years for her books to be released in the US.

    I’ve also come to love Nick Hornby, he writes in just such an engaging and likeable manner.

    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is amazing, but sad and more than a little depressing, so be prepared.

    The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin will forever change the way you view abuse.

    The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time written in the perspective of a teenager with Aspergers, great read.

    I realize this is already too long, but if you’re interested in reading Graphic novels (aka Comic Books) at all here are some I’ve enjoyed:

    American Born Chinese is told in three stories that do intersect, it’s about alot of the topics Amy Tan writes about, namely adjusting your parent’s ethnicity with the American-ness of cultural influences on you.

    Y: the Last Man – Brian K Vaughn (one of the Lost writers) wrote this series, it’s very well done. Basicall what would happen if suddenly, without warning or explaination all the male mammals on earth died, all of them that is except an English major and his pet capuchin monkey.

    Road to Perdition – a great, realistically drawn crime style novel.

    Fables – this is still ongoing, but it’s basically a look at all our favorite fairy tale characters living and surviving in and around New York.

    Full Metal Alchemist – a manga (Japanese comic book) that considers a lot of interesting questions about Science and ethics.

    Also There are a ton of great non-fiction books but this list is too long now so I’ll mention a few titles but that’s it:

    Seabiscuit, 1776, anything by James Herriot, Marley & Me, & Freakonomics

    sorry it’s so long, let me know if you have any specific questions.

    • savannahjfoley says:

      I love They Eyre Affair (I’m rereading it right now, actually!), but I completely don’t get what the fuss is all about with The Perilous Gard. I read it years ago and was incredibly bored. It took me a few tries to get to the end.

      • lalaith7 says:

        At the risk of getting killed, I’m going to say that The Book of Three was the same way for me, I went in expecting it to live up to the hype (because The Perilous Gard met and exceeded the hype for me personally) and was pretty disappointed. Thus I understand that not every book, even beloved childhood ones, is for every person.

    • seeyouupside says:

      Butting in to say, THE EYRE AFFAIR!!! If you haven’t read it, you must, Savannah. I only got up to book 3 out of 5 or 6 (I can’t remember now), but Thursday is my hero…book wise anyway.

  7. aekubo says:

    Wild Swans by Jung Chang
    Anything by Kazuo Ishiguro (I’ve never read anything by him, but my mom recommends him.)
    The Chanters of Tremaris trilogy

  8. secretdoorways says:

    Hey Savannah :) I have got to tell you, you should totally try The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant, in case you haven’t read it, or The Demon’s Librarian by Lili St. Crow or anything by her really. OOOO!! Sarah Dunant’s Sacred Hearts.

    Lav lav lav!

    :) Good pickings!

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