I love the excited rush that comes when I’m able to recommend a new series I know a friend will enjoy. It’s almost as good as discovering a new book myself! There are inevitably great conversations and debates about characters and plot twists, and then our little group eagerly awaits the next nail-biting, up-all-night installment.
Book recommendations form wonderful connections that keep expanding: I tell one friend, she tells her sister, who tells another friend, and before we know it, close to a dozen people are following the same series we are. Not to mention, word of mouth is still the most important way to boost an author’s sales.
So, on the off chance that you’re wandering around muttering, “What to read? Oh, if only I knew of a good, as-yet unread book. Woe!” I want to share a few of my favorite recommendations. I’ve tried to pick one book in each genre you might not already be familiar with (otherwise this list would go on forever!). Some of these are relatively new releases and some haven’t been in print in decades. Hope you enjoy!
King’s Dragon, Kate Elliott
Dragon Prince, Melanie Rawn
Inda, Sherwood Smith
(You guys knew I couldn’t hold myself to one recommendation in this category, right?)
Demon’s Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan
The Seventh Tower, Garth Nix
The Far Pavilions, M.M. Kaye
In Conquest Born, C.S. Friedman
(P.S. If you manage to get the 15th anniversary edition of this one, author C.S. Friedman has an excellent introduction talking about her journey as a writer. It’s a must-read!)
I don’t read as much in the crime, mystery or literary realms, so if you guys have recommendations of amazing books in those areas, please share them! Also, I am, of course, always eager to hear of more fantasy-related books, so keep those recommendations coming too. Let’s see how long we can make this list.