Read any good books lately?!?

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Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I’m obsessed with All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood  (but don’t read any spoilers or you may not want to read it and it’s so good). And also anything by Fredrik Bachman or JoJo Moyes.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I recently read The first fifteen lives of Harry August.  It’s a really interesting book, makes you think about the linearity of time a lot, which I enjoyed.

What genres do you generally enjoy?

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I LOVED The Nightingale. I read it two years ago now and haven’t read anything better since and I go through books like crazy. I am still so attached to the characters. Highly recommend.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

I tore through “The Mermaid’s Sister” by Carrie Ann Noble It’s a magico-historical fiction fantasy story. I found it utterly charming.

Also recently finished “Coming Clean” by Kimberly Rae Miller. It’s a memoir about her life growing up as the child of hoarders. Totally compelling without being exploitative.

The Short Drop was a tight thriller. Author currently escapes me.

If you like scifi at all I cannot recommend Hyperion more strongly. Dan Simmons wrote what was arguably the most gripping and fully realized work of science fiction since Dune.

If you want to both learn and lol: How to Fight Presidents by Daniel O’Brien is hilarious and informative. It’s based on an absurd premise – that you’ll need to fight and kill presidents who are currently already dead. Still, total laugh riot.

I could go on, but that’s probably enough to be getting on with

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. I am going thru a depression and have experience much the same as she has so kindly, and hilariously shared. Definitely relatable for any human with flaws. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i just finished tell the wolves i’m home by Carol Rifka Brunt  for my book club.  it was my pick and i really liked it.

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I LOVE the Elvis Cole books by Robert Crais, they’re funny murder mystery/thrillers, I just love the characters. All of them are good. I read them in order because there are recurring people so it helps to read in order. I like the Lee Child Jack Reacher books, I am in the middle of Tripwire right now.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

sunsetsnmargaritas :  great small things by jodi piccoult is the best book I read all year. Shared it with several people who all loved it. Her best book so far I think. Also, defending Jacob is a great read. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

If you like young adult fantasy, here’s a couple series I recommend:

A Court of Thorns and Roses – the first book is sort of a Beauty & the Beast type story but with faeries and humans as natural enemies. First book is enjoyable but subsequent books are better

The Grisha Verse series by Leigh Bardugo, first book is Shadow and Bone – set in a made-up world roughly modelled on Russia, focuses on the Grisha, people with power almost like X-Men.

Another series by Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows – set in the same world as the Grisha Verse, but it centers on a band of bandits, very Oceans 11.

Another one is The Mortal Instruments which you might like if you liked Harry Potter – teenage girl finds out that she’s a Shadowhunter, a caste of warriors destined to rid the world of demons. Set in NYC, there’s humor, romance, vampires, teen angst, demon fighting, etc.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

sunsetsnmargaritas :  ok then you’ll absolutely die for the Kingkiller Chronicles, if you haven’t already read them.  They’re IMO the best fantasy there is out there, and I love the same authors you do.  I’d describe the tone as harry potter for a slightly older audience–whimsical characters, a vast and diverse magic world, a magic school and world with a bit more grit and adult emotion.

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

amanda1988 :  Kvothe is totally my imaginary boyfriend.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

Anything and everything by T. Greenwood (really well written family dramas set mainly in Vermont) and Tana French (currently reading everything by her- mystery/ crime based in Dublin) and if you like books like Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, you’ll enjoy K.L. Slater’s books. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee

sunsetsnmargaritas :  If you like fantasy then Uprooted by Naomi Novik is SO good. It’s based on a fairytale and is definitely one of my favorites. I also love Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson which is in the same genre (kind of). Another magic book I love, which is set in our time, is Garden Spells and it’s sequel by Sarah Addison Allen. Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter is also a super good series, so far there’s two books out. These are all fantasy books that include magic which are some of my favorites. 

Another great book is The Rook and it’s sequel by Daniel O’Malley. Super interesting concept and the main character is really funny and dry. 

Completely outside the fantasy genre is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. 

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