I saw pictures of a book on tumblr that was filled with suggestions for improvements on common condolences. For example, instead of saying, "Everything happens for a reason," try, "You must be disappointed that it didn't work out." Help me find this book, please! [more inside]
Hello Hive Mind - I'm looking for handbooks and histories on the topic of moving & transport. Can you please help me? Details inside. [more inside]
I read a book sometime between 2006-2009. The plot was something about book sharks or something where these "sharks" or creatures would maybe come out of the pages if you read. Or maybe they would just make book pages go blank or something. (?) The mission of the two-three young adult or teenage protagonists was to make the book sharks go away, which was dangerous, and which they may have done by luring them away. (?) I'd like to recommend it to a young book worm I know but that's all I remember about it.
Sometime this millennium I read a book. I think it was written recently and was supposed to be the first of a series. It was about a future where people somehow could enter into parallel universes and would be filmed for exciting television shows back on real earth. [more inside]
Give me your best books featuring a male/female friendship that turns romantic or has romantic undertones. Can be funny or tragic, main plot or subplot, old or new book or characters. Doesn't have to end with them together. It just needs to be a GOOD read. [more inside]
Book Recommendation Filter: Looking for urban fantasy or "modern world" sci-fi (not horror) told in third person and doesn't try to sell me on vampire protagonists. This is turning out to be a surprisingly difficult itch to scratch. Help? [more inside]
Trying to remember this book/story. Girl lives in an apartment. Father is away a lot. He brings or sends her a present - a flying pony that she keeps on the roof of her building. [more inside]
Looking for a creative thinking workbook from my childhood. The one line I remember clearly: "Which is Louder, Yellow or Black?" [more inside]
I've been trying for years to figure out what either of these two books were that I read online, probably between 1998-2004. Unrelated sources. One was aimed at kids and found through Bonus.com (kids activities portal, mostly to flash games, where things were hosted independently) and one was original fiction, I think unfinished, about virtual reality, which may have been linked to from Ultima Online fansites. More scraps of details inside. [more inside]
Can you recommend other novels like Russell Hoban's Turtle Diary and The Bat Tattoo? [more inside]
I read this book sometime in the late 80s. It was a mystery solving book. I believe the protagonist(s) were kid(s). It involved a town named Staunton (like the chess pieces) and some burned paper in the base of a statue. And an ominous title implying the supernatural? I may have that last bit about the title wrong. [more inside]
I've been trying to find a great book I read about ten years ago. It is told (I think) from the POV of a young boy. He travels around from town to town with his mother, who enters a series of bad relationships and then they skip town each time. The kid in the book is very precocious, I think he is supposed to be quite young throughout. Eventually the mother settles down with a boyfriend, they move into his house I think...and at the end the kid murders his mother's boyfriend. I keep thinking the title has something to do with Light and Motion, and I think it refers to him watching the streetlights pass as they drive from town to town. Any help greatly appreciated.
I read this sometime in the 80s. It was a chapter book, just shy of YA. And it's title was something like "The 45th Thing I Love About Amelia" or "The 45th Best Thing I Love About Anastasia" (wrong number, wrong name). Oh, and at the end, the mom opens a closet door and there's a dead dog inside or something. [more inside]
I read this book once, but I'm really fuzzy on the details. It's about a guy who has a mediocre job at some company and messes up. Rather than getting fired, he gets a job offer with the same company at a very high level and is asked to carry out some shady assignment there. [more inside]
BookFilter: The sketchy detail kind. This is about a young adult novel, available by the early 80s, set among a family of artists or writers in, I think, New York City. [more inside]
What's the name of the book where the main character is a swordsman who has sword tattoos on his eyelids? [more inside]
Bookfilter: Recommend me thoughtful military memoirs / journalism [more inside]
Students of art, lovers of philosophy, can you recommend a book I can buy as a gift for a friend? [more inside]
What are the best books about heroic con artists? Nonfiction (Schindler's List) or fiction (Going Postal) are both fine.
Please recommend some non-fiction books about Philippines, and fiction set in Philippines. [more inside]
What's this Sci-Fi short story? A scientist working on gender selection technology is contacted by future potential outcomes of his work (a male-dominated world and a woman-dominated world) that end up corresponding to the woman he marries.
BookFilter: I am hoping the hivemind can help me find a noirish thriller/detective-ish novel I read more than a decade ago about a socially awkward killer and his hot semi-girlfriend. [more inside]
Bookfilter: Books where protagonists are transformed into animals/aliens/etc for extended periods? [more inside]
Book-Filter! I'm trying to find the name of a book about love / relationships that I only heard about on an NPR interview. The book was written out in "a is for," "b is for" alphabet style talking about dark (the excerpt he read was very dark) and light parts of relationships, sex and love. [more inside]
Bookfilter: I'm looking for authors (and especially short story collections) in the vein of Italo Calvino, Etgar Keret, and Haruki Murakami - playful, slightly absurd, and a little bit surreal.
BookFilter: Help me find this formative (but possibly terrible) 1970s sci-fi book I read in my youth! [more inside]
Bookfilter: I want to read books that are similar to "Saturn is almost invisible" by Vasily Ardamatsky. [more inside]
Bookfilter: I need new stuff to read! Really enjoy fantasy where the hero is female.. bonus points if she's conflicted in some way. [more inside]
Random 70's SciFi Bookfilter: Mid to late 70's science fiction short story collection, lots of cool ship art, and one story in particular about two individuals hunting each other, one using all the latest tech, and his opponent taking a more primative approach. Story ends: "And the laser hummed and cut him in half." Ring any bells with any one?
Bookfilter: A particular young adult novel about a girl meeting new people and not settling for first love (similar to "Forever"). Help me find it! [more inside]
Can't-remember-book-filter: I read a preview in the back of another book but I can't remember the title or author of either one... [more inside]
[bookfilter] Help me remember this non fiction book I read as a teenager about "mind power" (if I remember correctly) [more inside]
Another request for book recommendations. My snowflakeness? After years of not having a huge reading appetite, I think I understand that I really dig postmodern writing. [more inside]
I'm looking for a book I read a long time ago. It was set in some hilly country, quite cold, somewhere like Iceland. A boy working on his farm developed some sort of need for a quest (but I have no idea what this actually was). He had a 'typically' Viking name, and there was a girl involved, physical but seeming quite ethereal. Possibly they were somehow married (though they were—I don't know, but less than twelve, so when I say 'married' I mean one of those close friendships characters in children's books have with destined soulmates). Things I seem to remember but may be mixing up with other books: a sword, longships arriving (the settlers were Viking too). There were gods around, because Loki was quite prominently featured in the story while the boy was questing alone. I think this quest had a fairly pathetic basis, and that's one of the things that made the story interesting. [more inside]
Looking for a reading list of things that will make me productively uncomfortable. (tl;dr inside) [more inside]
Contemporary Israeli Fiction Filter: recommendations? [more inside]
Bookhunt: What's the name of a sci-fi novel involving giant engines forming in a ring shape around the Earth? I seem to remember the title being a word with four letters in it. [more inside]
YAWTBF (Yet Another "What's That Book?" Filter): I'm trying to find a book that I loved as a child (early '80s). The book was written from the perspective of a garter snake as he slithered around a little chunk of wilderness bordered by a road. [more inside]
I'm trying to remember the title and author of a young adult sci-fi novel from the early '90s (or earlier) with a character named Alana (or Alanna) and a boy who gets taken to another world. Help! [more inside]
Yet-Another-Bookfilter - I'm trying to find an 80s-ish sci-fi book that I want to think was called "The War of Forgetting". The premise was something along the lines of: two warring factions get devices, described as "battery powered, about the size of a pocket calculator, with three antennae" which can take large cubic sections of space ( hundreds of feet on a side ) and "store" them in the device, removing them from our reality. The problem is that when something is removed, people's memories of the area/thing are removed as well - so everyone forgets what was removed and why. Later in the book, as reality gets more swiss-cheesed, people try randomly restoring these blocks and the results aren't pretty. I've been trying to find this book off and on for years, now I come to you good folk for help. Yes, it's somewhat ironic that I can't remember the title. :-)
[Bookfilter] Help me find a book from my sister-in-law's childhood about a princess called fenella. [more inside]
For years, my mom has been talking about tracking down a children's book she remembers reading in the 50's. She swears it's part of the Little Golden Books series, and it tells the story of a town that feeds a snowman ice cream until he explodes, causing the town to be blanketed with ice cream. Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
Travel writing recommendations that compare with the work of Kevin Rushby? [more inside]
HELP! middle school/high school short story bookfilter *for Christmas! [more inside]
BookFilter: Looking to reread a historical novel (probably romance) with Maimonides as a character. No clue as to title or author. [more inside]
Book Filter: Help me identify the book about a con man or hustler that my friend's husband heard about on the radio recently [more inside]
BookFilter: My reading list is getting very short and I'm looking to the hivemind to help me queue up a few more books to get me by. [more inside]
BookFilter: I read a story a long time ago about a sort of near-future sci-fi-ish setting where all human beings in the world were rendered sterile thanks to a man-made virus, but I can't remember what it was called. Help! [more inside]
Kids' book filter: Two sisters, possibly twins, one a brunette named Natalie but known as Tilly, English, involves going to stay in the country and horses, most likely published in the early-mid 80s (when I read it), possibly a trilogy or a series. Any help with the title or author would much appreciated!
Bookfilter: I remember a kid being misled into thinking you're a robot (or some kind of cyborg) if it hurts when you chew on tinfoil. There's [more inside]
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