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Book rec, anyone?

Does anyone have a book or series rec for me? I'm looking for something in the paranormal romance, urban fantasy, or fantasy romance genres. And adult, please. I have nothing against YA books -- I've read Hunger Games -- but that's just not what I want to read at the moment. I spend so much time reading to my kids that I just don't want to read anything close to kids' fiction in my "free" time. If it helps, I like Karen Marie Moning's Fever series and Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series.

I don't have much time to read anymore, but I can eke out a few minutes a day. It's something I miss, desperately. Many moons ago, I was a classic bookworm. Anyway, today I just want to be swept away for a little while, and it's ok if it takes me months to finish. Extra points if there's a good 'ship I can sink my teeth into. And I can handle a few typos, but if the writing is riddled with them, I can't stomach it; the editor takes over and I can't enjoy the story anymore.

Still with me? ;) Any suggestions? Thank you in advance.

If you want to give me recs for books outside the aforementioned genres, that's great, too. I'm not in the mood for lit fic right now, but I can hold the recs for later. :)


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I don't have anything that really falls into any of those genres, but I'd highly recommend Jen Blood's Erin Solomon series (it starts with All the Blue-Eyed Angels), which is a blend of mystery and romance.

For a straight romance, Julie James' FBI/US Attorney series is fun, too. (And should you want that one and have some sort of e-reader I can actually provide them to you)

Finally, I know another social networking site is probably the last thing you need, but goodreads is great for browsing books and gathering recommendations.

Glad to see you around here again! ♥

Edited at 2013-06-28 12:40 am (UTC)

I was just about to rec the Erin Solomon series!

Thanks for all your recs, Liz! I haven't read either of them. I'm rediscovering my love for my Kindle lately; it really helps me slip in a little reading in tiny pockets of time.

*hugs* It's good to be here again -- and good to see you, too. What's new with you? Catch me up, please. :)

I love my kindle. Being in an area without a bookstore, it's really convenient.

Not much new really. Still subbing, looking for something full-time but in other areas now like wineries and travel agencies. Just threw a surprise anniversary party for my parents this weekend, which was fun.

Oh, and (not shockingly) I fell into some new fandoms - Suits, Iron Man, Orphan Black and Doctor Who. So yeah, lots of squeeing to keep my busy.

Enjoying the summer now (though we've had thunderstorms almost every day this past week) and looking to family vacation to Disney in August. Hope things are well with you ♥

I can recommend any of the Laurell K. Hamilton books, both the Anita Blake series (werewolves, vampires, Death) and the Merry Gentry series (elves, ancient gods, magic and mystery.) Also the Patricia Briggs books, both the Mercy Thompson and the Alpha and Omega series (weres, vampires, elves, ancient Gods.) I would also recommend the series by Wen Spencer (mostly elves and humans, but set in a unique setting.) Also Mercedes Lackey's urban fantasies. These all fall under both fantasy, urban-fantasy, paranormal types that you indicated you would enjoy. I have all the books in all these series and have re-read them with great pleasure many times.


I loved the Anita Blake books until they started to feel like too little plot. I have no issue with sex scenes in books, but for me, they started to overpower everything else in the books -- without adding anything valuable. I haven't tried the Meredith Gentry series, though...

I should pick up the Mercy Thompson series again -- I was reading it a few years ago and then forgot about it.

Thanks for all the recs -- the Wen Spencer and Mercedes Lackey series included! *hugs*

I gotta agree about the Blake series. But lately she has gotten back into more plot (no less sex, mind you, but more plot.) I can also highly recommend Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series. LOTS of plot!

Doesn't fit your genres at all, but over the past year I've read three really hilarious and sometimes meaningful comic memoirs. If you want to check them out, I recommend Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling, and highly recommend Bossypants by Tina Fey and Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. (For the last two especially I wouldn't read them with people around. I couldn't keep my laughter in.)

Closer to your reading tastes (I think) are Deborah Harkness's All Souls trilogy and The River of No Return by Bee Ridgeway. Both are incomplete series, but they have a supernatural element, fun ships and meaty plot if that's what you're looking for.

Thanks for all your recs! I'm in the mood for paranormal and fantasy novels right now, but I love read -- period. So the other recs will come in handy. :) I love Mindy Kaling and Tina Fey; I will add them to my list. I don't know who Jenny Lawson is, though. I'll look her up.

Just looked up Deborah Harkness and Bee Ridgway on Amazon. Both series sound delightful. Thank you again. :)

How about the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series? It's light, fluffy, paranormal, and adult.

Hello! I LOVE both the Kate Daniel's series and the Fever series. Love them.

I really think you'd enjoy The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. I discovered her books while looking for titles similar to Kate Daniels and was instantly swept up in Frost's world. I devoured the entire series in about two weeks.

I've been enjoying the Maisie Dobbs series by Ja. Winspear. Set in the UK post WW1.

I think 'Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern would qualify in the genres you mention. It's not one of those books that stays with you, but it's a story to disappear into and you enjoy it while you read.

A book that has stayed with me is 'Reading Lolita in Tehran' by Azar Nafisi, hold onto this rec for later :)

Nalini Singh's Psy Changeling series is supposed to be really good. I have three friends who have recently gotten into them. "It's straight paranormal romance in a fantastic world," according to one of them. They sound good, I just haven't had time to try them out yet.

ETA: I'm also being told to rec the Kelley Armstrong adult series. It starts with Bitten. It's the women of the otherworld series.

Edited at 2013-07-01 08:25 pm (UTC)

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