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I need something to read!! Help!!

post #1 of 15
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OKay, I'll be honest. I'm obsessed with the Harry Potter books. But I want to branch out!! Tell me some books I need to read!!! It seems like all I've been reading lately are HP and homeschooling books. I need some variety..

I've tried Phillip Pullman's books and they didn't pull me in..

I'd like something with adventure, mystery, romance (but not too raunchy), etc..

Books I love..the HP series, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, some romance, time travel, adventure etc..

I was in school up until last year so I know nothing about what's out there!! Help me find some good books to read!!!! Thanks!!
post #2 of 15
:LOL I always request my favorite authors from the library but the system is down for a month. So, yesterday, I walked in w/2 toddlers and in under 60 seconds pulled 4 novels off the shelf based on the cover illustration and title. I am currently reading a werewolf romance set in the 1800s Colorado. Surprisingly good! Susan Krinka maybe? To Catch A Wolf

If I'm out of ideas/titles, I look up some favorites on Amazon and check out the section about what titles other people have read who read my book. Geez,does that make sense? Like I looked up John Sandford and got turned on to Michael Connelly books.

Do you like parks? I love NEvada Barr novels--she's unusual.

ALso, JD Robb is another one you dont' see too often. I believe it's a pseudonym for Nora Roberts maybe? But, anyways, she writes about a female cop in 2050 w/an enigmatic & handsome husband. : fun

Oh, make sure you check out the thread here about Diana Gabaldon!
post #3 of 15
I love to read British mysteries ie Agatha Christie, PD James, the Inspector Morse series, etc....
check them out! I also love the PBS Mystery series which features many of them.

Others I've read recently and enjoyed were The Poisonwood Bible and Tale of Two Cities. You might like Chronicles of Narnia or Roald Dahl. My best friend really loved to read Dahl when we were teens, and refuses to read Harry Potter since she "knows" she'll be disappointed! I was never a big fantasy fan until HP, so I'll have to try more.
post #4 of 15
Have you read Outlander? I found it went a little slow for the first 100 pages, but stick with it and it takes off on a wild ride. It has lots of adventure, romance and time travel.
post #5 of 15
my favorite author is Orson Scott Card. He is famous for writing the Ender's Series (Ender's Game, etc.) but i read other books written by him before those. He has an interesting series on the women of Genesis (Sarah, Rachel & Leah, and Rebecca). He usually writes Science Fiction but you can't catagorize him really. He wrote an interesting book of alternative history about Christopher Columbus (first book i read, so its my fav). Let me know if you are interested and ill try to suggest titles to start.
post #6 of 15
Artemis Fowl is fun. Young adultish, but still fun. There are 4 of them, plus another by the same author that is also good.

Fun and romantic with a little magic is the Nora Roberts Witches trilogy. Not great literature, but passes the time when you're nursing.
post #7 of 15
Or, how about Neverwhere by Niel Gaiman (sp?)
post #8 of 15
He is famous for writing the Ender's Series (Ender's Game, etc
I love that series of books, and I usually don't like sci-fi. That was a good recomendation.
post #9 of 15
Those Ender's Books are my DD's favorite!

Here are more book suggestion threads:

Fiction Faves

What book are you currently reading?

Need a good, light read!

Book suggestions for a mama with 38 week preggo brain....

How to be Lost

I don't think a body can go wrong with Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon!
post #10 of 15
I'm struggling to decide what to read after finishing Harry Potter!

I've had this book on my shelf for a bit, and I've heard it's in the same realm as HP: Eragon by Paolini.

And here are some other young adult fantasy novels recommended by my local bookstore...I've not read any of them but they all look good!
The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Sabriel by Garth Nix
In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
The Immortals series by Tamora Pierce
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Enchanted Forest Chronicles series by Patricia Wrede
The Magic Circle by Donna Jo Napoli
Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty & the Beast by Robin McKinley
post #11 of 15
Orson Scott Card (OSC) has a few books free online (i think his website is hatrack river). He has a really neat series about the American Indians (Alvin Journeyman) that incorporates alot of mysticism, etc.
dont let OSC's politics fool you. I didn't know much about him when I started reading and collecting and, although i disagree with alot of his politics, i turn a deaf ear to it. His writing can not be beat...seriously.
if you would like to start off on one of his books, i have a few on half.com that I am currently selling. I am such a fan, i woudl be willing to send one to anyone as long as they promise to give it to someone else when they are finished.
I absoluttely love this guy!
post #12 of 15
If you want something easy, I'd recommend the Gregor the Overlander books:

Gregor the Overlander
Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane
(coming soon) Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods

Dragon Rider (Cornelia Fudge, author of "Inkheart") was a cute read.

(and coming soon: Eldest)
post #13 of 15

Try Book Lust

I was stuck in a book rut too until I picked up Book Lust by Nancy Pearl in the library. It gave many suggestions that I probably would not have read otherwise and they all we wonderful. She got me hooked on Outlander and now I am anxiously awaiting the new book next month!

Also our library had a list of "If you like Harry Potter, try this..." Check with your librarian!
post #14 of 15
I love The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper too-it will be in the Young Adult or kids' section. I also love Lloyd Alexander's series centered around Taran, the Assistant Pig-keeper. Also YA/kids. A lot of good fantasy is in that section! Another like that is Tamora Pierce, who has several fantasy series out now.

For "adult" fare, I like Neil Gaiman a lot. The Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton is a lot of fun, but does have a lot of pretty darn explicit sex scenes. (Her other series about Anita Blake was too much for me). JD Robb is a pseudonym for Nora Roberts--not exactly a secret, more so people know that series is different from her other stuff. And I read a lot of mysteries. There are some really good historical ones, and for laughs I like the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. (I just had a little mommy-brain flash, so I'm not totally sure I got that last author right).
post #15 of 15
The Woman in White By Wilkie Collins is one of my all time favorites. If you haven't read it, it is fabulous. It's amazing that in the 1800's there was a man who wrote a mystery with a strong female as the main character! I read this on my commutes to/from work on the subway and often got so caught up in the story that I'd miss my stop!
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