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Keeping my Kindle stocked

I get an email every month from Amazon with their editors' "Best Books of the Month." I always find some good recommendations there in a number of categories, and I'm hoping for more. Are there other websites that offer curated lists of new books on a monthly basis? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Jun 3, 2014 - 7 answers

What can I read while waiting for the next Ibis Trilogy book?

I want to read novels about migration, trade, and globalization in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries -- I especially loved Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh (and its sequel River of Smoke) and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell and would love to find more novels along these lines. [more inside]
posted by EmilyFlew on May 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Business, Murakami, DFW, and Music

Book suggestions for a gift exchange recipient that combine business, Haruki Murakami, David Foster Wallace, and/or music? (here's hoping my recipient isn't also a Mefite!) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Hit me with your best music macrohistories!

Trying to find the perfect book to scratch a partner's literary itch for macrohistories related in some way to music. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Stacey on Dec 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Depictions of Children's Street Culture in Fiction and Nonfiction

Please recommend fiction and nonfiction novels which depict folklore and mythology created by children who are free of adult supervision and authority. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 3, 2013 - 16 answers

if i liked the movie l'avventura, what books will i like?

i really like the slow/subtle treatment of ennui/cultureshock/different manifestations of love/and the engaging "nonplot"
posted by sawyerrrr on Jun 25, 2013 - 8 answers

I want to read things that squick me out, but are still well written.

I would like to read some truly disturbing novels. Give me some recommendations, AskMetafilter. [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Jun 20, 2013 - 112 answers

What are some good books for quicker, disjointed reading sessions?

I commute to and from work, which involves busses and trains transfers and other general distractions, and while I really enjoy reading on this commute, I can't sink my teeth into heavier books that require a ton of concentration to comprehend and follow (I save those for the weekends). I have found that lighter books with shorter chapters and engaging storylines are easiest to read in this atmosphere. What are your recommendations? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith on May 3, 2013 - 21 answers

What are some good novels where the protagonist is in his/her mid-20s?

I tend to like humor, but other genres are acceptable. If this is too broad a category, we can limit recommendations to those where being in one's mid-20s is somehow central to the novel.
posted by jtothes on Apr 9, 2013 - 19 answers

What is Worth Nominating for the Hugos This Year?

I am eligible to nominate for the Hugo Awards (one of the big science fiction and fantasy awards) this year, and I want to do it right. I have about two months to read more books from last year to broaden my slate - what should I read? [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Jan 21, 2013 - 11 answers

How the Other Half Lives (or, you know, Murders People)

Recommendations for fiction about the rich and all their trappings, imposters within that world, or stories where the mighty fell and then rose again? [more inside]
posted by dean winchester on Dec 12, 2012 - 27 answers

Novel recommendations

Looking for specific book recommendations that are superb and by female authors/female authors of color. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Nov 8, 2012 - 53 answers

Books that make you feel glad to be human?

You helped me feel depressed through novels. Can you now help me feel good about being alive and connected to humanity through books? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Sep 15, 2012 - 26 answers

Standalone fantasy novels?

Looking for standalone fantasy novels or duologies. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jul 24, 2012 - 29 answers

A week's worth of reading in one suitcase

Help me optimize my vacation reading! I’m headed out to the Outer Banks next month, and there’s nothing on the agenda but reading and relaxing. I’m having trouble coming up with a week’s worth of new reading material that won’t take up significant space in our truck, though. Can you recommend me lengthy or dense books--in other words, books that will give me maximum entertainment minutes per page--that are still fun vacation reading? [more inside]
posted by House of Leaves of Grass on May 4, 2012 - 34 answers

Books that will eat up a boring eight hour shift

I have an extremely boring, third shift job, so I'm looking for some book recommendations: fun, exciting, fluffy, silly, funny books - any sort of light reading that will make my excessive downtime at work pass quickly. [more inside]
posted by madelf on Apr 5, 2012 - 33 answers

Daniel Webster Biography

What's the best, most readable biography of Daniel Webster? [more inside]
posted by Partial Law on Jan 24, 2012 - 2 answers

They blinded us with science?

We are a group of mid-20s to mid-30s life-science phd students that have started a book club. Our first book was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and was a great fit for us. Please recommend others that you think might appeal to such a group. Thanks!
posted by sickinthehead on Jan 12, 2012 - 38 answers

Moroccan Cooking Book Recommendations?

I'm interested in exploring Moroccan cooking, and I understand that Paula Wolfert is the go-to author. Any recommendations of particular books? Any other sources you'd suggest? Thanks!
posted by Judd Danby on Oct 25, 2011 - 13 answers

My wife needs some new books!

Book recommendations sought for my wife. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Atom12 on Oct 17, 2011 - 18 answers

Looking for a good ending

Looking for books with good ENDINGS. In finishing a book there are a lot of times where you are left thinking "wow, that was great... except that last 20 pages. Arrrgh." What books would you recommend with GOOD endings? I emphatically do not mean happy endings; some of the most pleasurable endings in my memory are ambiguous, or even clearly unhappy ("the bad guy wins"). [more inside]
posted by whatzit on May 11, 2011 - 80 answers

Mr. Crowley, what went down in your head?

Recommendations for books about Aleister Crowley himself or his influence. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Feb 12, 2011 - 16 answers

Footnotes just don't work in an Audio Book

I really like discovering new books through book reviews in newspapers (New York Review of Books, New Yorker, and NY Times, mainly) and from some book blogs I read. But what are good sources of reviews of audio books? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Dec 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Genderqueer / lesbian fiction?

I'm looking for recommendations for good genderqueer and/or lesbian novels, in the vein of Sarah Waters or Malinda Lo. [more inside]
posted by criacow on Dec 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Palate cleansers for a picky reader?

What are some stunning, absorbing novels that won't overlap with my homework? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Oct 13, 2010 - 33 answers

Book Club meets TONIGHT and I haven't picked the next one!

I'm picking the next book for my reading group, and I need some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Mimzy on Aug 25, 2010 - 28 answers

Book Recommendations for the Thoughtful Investor

Can anyone recommend a book about investing? Here's the catch -- I need a book that is written in plain straightforward language, but is also nuanced and well thought out in its arguments. Please, no books fundamentally centered around a particular argument or theory (i.e. omg index fundz only!!) and no I Will Teach You To Be Rich recs. If it matters, I will be a passive investor and I am a UK resident.
posted by moiraine on Apr 4, 2010 - 19 answers

Please recommend a great Washington, D.C. political thriller.

Book filter: can you recommend a good political/journalistic novel set in Washington, D.C. that meet the following criteria? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Jan 10, 2010 - 17 answers

Please tell me what to read!

Book-recommendation-filter: Can you help me find something to read? Parameters to follow. [more inside]
posted by Janta on Dec 22, 2009 - 33 answers

I can't be running low on books already?!

MeFites, help! Need more books to read. /book-recommendation-filter [more inside]
posted by titantoppler on Dec 5, 2009 - 23 answers

I suck at buying birthday presents. Please help me find a book on home businesses!

I need to find a helpful book about starting home businesses for my friend. [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on May 19, 2009 - 6 answers

Finding new books

How do you discover new books and authors? Netflix tells me what I'd enjoy watching and Pandora helps me find new music. But beyond the slightly random "Amazon Recommends..." I depend on word of mouth to pick my next read. This is slow and unsatisfactory. What's a better way?
posted by TrashyRambo on Mar 7, 2009 - 43 answers

Help me achieve catharsis through reading

Fiction or film recommendations with characters that undergo serious catharsis [more inside]
posted by brandnew on Jan 2, 2009 - 28 answers

Books with just two (or something like that) people?

Are there any books out there that are basically just two people having a conversation and going about their business? Sort of a book version of Before Sunset, or My Dinner with Andre?
posted by Xere on Dec 11, 2008 - 19 answers

Help me naturally select some good books on speciation!

I've become very interested in the topic of speciation lately, but I'm having a hard time distinguishing which books would be the best to start with. [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Sep 17, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me choose a book to travel with.

I need a longish, interesting, well-written book (fiction) to read on an upcoming trip. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mosessis on Aug 21, 2008 - 58 answers

Recommend a book - fiction or non-fiction- dealing with the uncertain, endless posibilities of life

What should I read? Recommend a book (fiction or non-fiction), life affirming, something to be read after a heartbreak/letting go. Possibly involving fate/destiny, and the uncertainty/infinite possibilities of life.
posted by rbf1138 on May 30, 2008 - 27 answers

Help me find interesting anthropology/sociology books.

Books about anthropology, psychology, sociology, modern rituals...I think. Can you point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by lhall on Dec 20, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me find suspense/horror books whose characters don't suck!

I just finished reading Scott Smith's "The Ruins" and loved it. I want to read more books like this (and his original "The Simple Plan"). Basically, I want all the suspense and horror, but the people have to seem real to me. I don't have to like them, I just want to know what they are thinking/feeling/fearing so that they aren't just numbers on some gorefest scoreboard. Bonus points if the author is semi-prolific, so I have choices for further reading. Help me, hive mind!
posted by misha on Oct 19, 2007 - 14 answers

Books with bumbling wizards?

Recommendations for books with bumbling wizards? [more inside]
posted by killjoy on Sep 18, 2007 - 32 answers

The Dangerous Book for Non-Boys

I've read "The Dangerous Book for Boys" and I generally love those kind of books (information about anything with guides on doing stuff). What other books are out there that are in a similar vein? I'm a 21-year-old girl but would rather not have a "girly" book.
posted by divabat on Aug 25, 2007 - 22 answers

Intelligent page turners

Recommend some bed-time and weekend fiction or non-fiction reading that will keep me enthralled after a long day or a long week [more inside]
posted by objdoc on Jul 22, 2007 - 31 answers

Book or Web Recommendations for Using Gym Equipment

I've been a member of gym now for the last few months. I've gotten some training on some of the myriad of machines at the place, but I'd like to know more about using them in-depth. Can anyone recommend good books or web sites that focus on the various exercises you can do and/or exercise machines you can work out with at a gym? P.S.: am not much interested in a *lot* of heavy weight-lifting using barbels and such, just mostly the other devices.
posted by Kellyu on May 17, 2007 - 20 answers

Please recommend me some reading material

I've recently realised that I'm into certain types of fiction books. Please recommend some other books/authors I might find interesting. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Apr 6, 2007 - 55 answers

What's the best non-fiction I haven't found yet?

I'm looking for more great non-fiction books. Requirements: writing to make an English major swoon; a thesis or narrative structure that makes for an organized, logical flow; well-reported; interesting; true, with embellishments of known fact made known by the author. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Aug 22, 2006 - 46 answers

Pretend you are Oprah

My mom loved The Secret Life of Bees and The Year of Magical Thinking. She couldn't get through much of The Time Traveler's Wife. What else might she like? [more inside]
posted by barnone on May 5, 2006 - 30 answers

Recommendation for an Epic Adventure/Fantasy novel or series to read.

I'm searching for an Epic Adventure/Fantasy novel or series to read. I loved Lord of the Rings and feel that is a great example of what I am looking for and what I mean when I say "epic."
posted by mi6op on Nov 18, 2005 - 86 answers

East Asian Books

Book recommendations for a bored East Asian Studies major... [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine on Jun 28, 2005 - 10 answers

Like William Gibson

i'm reading gibson's pattern recognition. i'd like something the same, but better. more inside. [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke on Jun 20, 2004 - 27 answers

Like David Eggers, only female.

my girlfriend is a fan of writers such as chuck palahniuk, dave eggers, jeffrey eugenides, david sedaris.
recently,she's expressed interest in finding an author (or authors) with a similar style-- but female.

any thoughts or suggestions?
posted by ronv on Apr 4, 2004 - 32 answers

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