recommend me some (kind of specific) books?
March 27, 2014 2:53 PM Subscribe
Spring break is coming up, and the best part of spring break is reading all day - so I need to come up with a bunch of books to bring! I'm specifically looking for ghost stories, YA fantasy, historical romance, and travelogues, though if you know of something else fun and easy, feel free to chime in.
posted by goodbyewaffles to Media & Arts (30 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I don't want anything hard. I just finished Hild, and while I really enjoyed it, it also felt like work - I had to keep track of characters, figure out new words, etc. On vacation, that's not what I want. Fast-paced is good. Shortish (<600 pages) is good. Writing doesn't have to be amazing, but shouldn't be bad enough to distract me.
Types of books I've enjoyed on previous vacations:
- Horror (of the ghost/haunted house genre): creepy rather than gory. Shirley Jackson, House of Leaves, Ocean at the End of the Lane are all good
- Travelogues: I'm not interested in narratives of self-discovery while traveling. I like Peter Hessler a lot. I like to read about places and the people who live in them, but don't care much about the traveler as long as they write reasonably well.
- YA fantasy: Graceling, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Finnikin of the Rock, Blood Red Road...I sort of feel like I've exhausted this category, or at least the good parts of it, but I would love to be surprised.
- Historical romance: I liked Philippa Gregory before she got weird and believed in witches. I like Anya Seton. I also super love Robin Hood and King Arthur stories that feature female characters in a major role.
None of the recommendations from Goodreads or Amazon are particularly striking my fancy, but human brains are smarter than robot brains, at least for book recommendations. Thanks for your help!