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Hi all,

 

Fairly new here and love to read - always on the lookout for recommendations!  What are some of everyone's favourite genres/authors/books?  I read a mix of things (except horror, I am easily scared!) but been reading more fantasy lately than I used to and getting in to that a bit more.  Really been enjoying Robin Hobb's books recently.  Some of my all-time favourite authors are Terry Pratchett and Alexander McCall Smith.  

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  • Backlash~The Undeclared War Against American Women~ by Susan Faludi
  • Black Elk Speaks by Black Elk & John G. Neihardt
  • Custer Died for Your Sins by Vine Deloria (also the album by Floyd Red Crow Westerman)
  • Eastern Standard Time by Jeff Yang, Dina Gan, Terry Hong & the staff of A. Magazine
  • The Innocent Man by John Grisham
  • House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (a good movie too)
  • I Am Prepared to Die by Nelson Mandela
  • Indian Givers by Jack Weatherford
  • The Investigation of Ralph Nader by Thomas Whiteside
  • The Last Algonquin by Theodore L. Kazimiroff
  • Material World by Peter Menzel
  • The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould
  • Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford (don't watch the movie)
  • People of the Deer by Farley Mowat
  • The Night Is Dark and I Am Far from Home by Jonathan Kozol
  • North American Wildlife by Reader's Digest
  • Raven Stole the Moon by Garth Stein
  • The Right to Privacy by Ellen Alderman & Caroline Kennedy
  • Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally (the movie is overrated👎)
  • The Sword and the Dollar by Michael Parenti
  • Top of the World by Hans Reusch (the movie version is called The Savage Innocents & it's as bad as that title)
  • The People's Almanac by David Wallechinsky & Irving Wallace

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Wow that's a good list and don't think any I've read so will have to check some out!  I have heard of the Farley Mowat one and I have seen the film of Schindler's list but not the book, so if the book is (as usual!) better may have to have a look.

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My favorite book is The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin. It's an utopian sci-fi book about a man who lives in a anarchist socialist society and travel to the neighboring planet which society is more like our present one. The language is beautiful and it has interesting philosophical discussions about what freedom is.

Although when it comes to recommendations for aromantics my go to book is The long way to a small angry planet by Becky Chambers, Such a cozy book which is all about found family. And the author has made up interesting alien races which she uses to explore ideas gender fluidness, relationships and child rearing.

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in fiction: 

Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett (honestly if i was honest i would just list every Pratchett book and let this comment stretch for miles)

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (nother good one for humour, and I am a sucker for stories about space)

I am Legend - Richard Matheson (sadly the movie was awful, but I love this story)

non fiction:

Lore of the Land - Jacqueline Simpson and Jennifer Westwood (A reference of english folk stories, one that I dip into very often, I would also recommend Jacquline Simpson's folklore of the discworld book she did with Terry because more discworld makes everything better)

The Death and Life of Great American Cities - Jane Jacobs (because all that time freed up by not caring for romance is best served reading books about city planning in a different country from me over half a century ago. seriously though, it is a fascinating book)

Black and British: A Forgotten History - David Olusoga (an interesting book. it is probably the best I have seen for trying to tell a story of black history within britain that is not too sanitised while still having a good amount of levity and not becoming a slog to read. Another one where the book is best, in comparison the accompanying TV series loses some of the fire that i seen in the book).

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So I love basically any genre for the most part.  I am very picky when it comes to romance novels, but I will read any other genre freely

  • Radio Silence (the most amazing friendship on this earth I love it so much) by Alice Oseman
  • Percy Jackson And The Olympians by Rick Riordan
  • The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  • Loveless By Alice Oseman
  • House Arrest by K A Holt
  • The Body (not horror and good friendships) by Stephen King
  • The Insignificant Events in the Life Of A Cactus by Dusti Bowling
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver
  • The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  • The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

So I Wish You All The Best, The Divergent trilogy, have romance in it, in neither one is romance the main theme, but it is still there.  Radio Silence and Loveless have some ace and aroace representation by an aroace author.  I Wish You All The Best has nonbinary representaion and the Insignificant Events In The Life of a Cactus has some disability representation. Loveless, The Hunger Games, The Divergent Trilogy and House Arrest all made me cry. If I am being honest though The Phantom Tollbooth and The Insignificant Events In the Life of a Cactus are the only ones that are guaranteed to not make you cry. 

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The list is very long, and still incomplete, so I put it in a spoiler for the sake of everyone's sanity:

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- Any and all Terry Pratchett books

- Strange the Dreamer series by Laini Taylor

- Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann

- Any of the Tortall books by Tamora Pierce

- Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff

- Recursion by Blake Crouch (I just read this, and it is amazing)

- Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini

- Kane Cronicles, Heros of Olympus, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

- Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull

- Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

- The Secret History by Donna Tartt

- Any Kate DiCamillio book

- The Mortality Doctrine by James Dashner

- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 5-part-trilogy by Douglas Adams

- On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

- When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

- A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman

- The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

- Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

- Persepolis series by Marjane Satrapi

- Educated by Tara Westover

- The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

- Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron

- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

- Eleanor Oliphant is Completly Fine by Gail Honeyman

- I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Majorie Agosin

- A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

- The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

- None of the Above by I.W Gregorio

- Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

- The African Trilogy by Chinua Achebe

- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Housseini

- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

- We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

- Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

- Ms. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs

Not sure if this indicates I read too much, my standards are too low, or both.

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