Some Book Recs

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5 must read paranormal books

 

 


I had not updated my Book Recs page in so many years!

Embarrassed now. Without further ado, here are some places to go if you’ve finished reading my books (or decided you didn’t like them) and want some other ideas. I’m going to go ahead and group them by category. There’s no particular order, these are just things that I love.

Urban Fantasy


Anything by Ilona Andrews, but especially the Kate Daniels series if you like kickass heroines and dark humor. It’s a classic for a reason, folks. This is precisely how UF should be done.

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is dark, atmospheric vampire fiction set in Mexico City. So far this is the only one, but I’m hoping she writes more in this world.

Colleen Vanderlinden‘s Hidden series, urban fantasy set in Detroit that will make you laugh and cry and “WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?” Start with Lost Girl and just keep reading. Demons and shapeshifters and imps, oh my!

Kevin Hearne‘s Iron Druid Chronicles. World mythology with humor and pop culture references and a talking wolfhound. It’s awesome.

Anything by Patricia Briggs, but especially Mercy Thompson or the Alpha/Omega series. SO GOOD.

Paranormal Romance

 

Nalini Singh. Nalini Singh. Nalini Singh.

And maybe some Nalini Singh.

Seriously, I’ve reread the Psy-Changling series SO MANY TIMES. Just buy it and try it and send me the thank-you-muffin-basket later. I also love her Guild Hunter series, but Psy-Changling is my fave.

Thea Harrison writes gorgeous PNR with layered characters and deep world-building. Her Elder Races series is one of my favorites.

Mina Khan writes beautifully and her Djinn romances are so excellent and under-appreciated. Please check her out! The world needs more awesome djinns.

Meljean Brooks Iron Seas series. I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH. I don’t care if you don’t like steampunk. Try it. It’s amazing.

I know I’m forgetting people. Leave more ideas in the comments!

Science Fiction

There’s some gorgeous scifi out right now, and I’ve been reading a bunch of novellas. Two of my favorites are the Clean Sweep series from Ilona Andrews and the Binti series by Nnedi Okorafor.

Hopefully I’ll have more SF recs in the future, because I used to read a lot of it, but I’m just kind of dipping my toes back in with these novellas series right now. I’m loving them, so seriously, check em out.

Random stuff that I love.

The Immortal Descendants series by April White is brilliant YA that feels sophisticated and smart and enjoyable for all ages, not just kids.

Grace Draven writes stunning and evocative fantasy romance. Read it and love it. Most of her books are stand-alone or duologies. You could start anywhere, but my two favorites are Master of Crows and Radiance.

I don’t read a lot of romantic comedy, but when I do, I read Penny Reid. Her heroines are smart geeks I can relate to. Her heroes and unexpected and often bearded. I approve of all these things. Her Knitting in the City series and Winston Bros. series are my favorites.

I recommend anything by British author Neil Gaiman, but especially The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Fortunately, the Milk. And American Gods. And Odd and the Frost Giants. He writes equally well for adults and kids. Just read everything. His children’s audiobooks are particularly wonderful for family car trips.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler is funny and relatable and you should really buy the audiobook if you can, because it’s amazing.

The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu is my go-to book of short fiction lately. I’ve reread many of the stories multiple times. They are brilliant and delicate and thoughtful and many, many things that I love.  Short fiction is really difficult, but Liu handles is masterfully.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese is one of those books that’s hard to classify. It’s romantic and profoundly sad. It’s medical but not clinical. It’s epic and very, very intimate. Read it for yourself, because I’m not doing a very good job describing it.

March by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin is a brilliant graphic novel trilogy about the civil rights movement that’s an adaptation of Congressman Lewis’s autobiography. My 11yo son was glued to it, so I recommend it for middle grades and up.

And again, I’m forgetting so many things! But these are some of my top recommendations. Please do leave more book recs in the comments. Can’t wait to read your ideas.

11 Comments

  1. I would have to say that right next to the Elemental Mysteries series, the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan is one of my absolute favorites. This is a historical/paranomal mystery series with all sorts of imaginative characters who are so enthralling and vivid that I couldn’t put it down! I got completely transported with these books, which to me is the best thing about reading. Seriously; Elemental Mysteries + Darkest London = Best two paranormal series ever. <: D

  2. Thank u for recommending Grace Draven. Next to u she is awesome , like ur books I have read Master of Crow and Radiance multiple times.

    Just retread all of 4 Cambrio and loved them. Cried so hard pm long ride home!

    Also retread all of elemental & have to say Wow! Loved the bronze blade and even though sad and cried my fav! So well written

  3. Would have to say I am a real fan of Patricia Briggs’ Mercyverse tales and I am kinda liking Kylie Chan’s Dark Heavens series.

  4. Elizabeth,
    I was listening to “A Fall of Water” last night when I went to bed. My husband came in and I told him I found another favorite writer, so now we are listening to the series together. I’ll never get tired of it. I loved your recommendations Kevin Hearne, Thea Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Jeanine Frost are all in my library also. I would also recommend, Helen Harper, Susan Ilene, and Diane Duvall. I’m sure you’ve read them also, but I wanted to get those names out there as well.

  5. Two other series that I would recommend: Anne Bishop’s The Others (“Written in Red” is the first book) and Kelley Armstrong’s two series: (1) the Otherworld novels, which have an adult series beginning with “Bitten” a and two YA spin-offs; (2) the Cainesville series, which is still in process, and fantastic. Another commenter mentioned Patricia Briggs — her Mercy books and Alpha and Omega books rock! I am going to look for your first two recs — all the others I have already devoured!!!

  6. I forgot to mention Robin McKinley: she wrote this amazing book “Sunshine” and if you haven’t read it, try it!!!!

  7. Late,to the game, I know, but I just finished the Irin Chronicles. I was transported. Utterly compelling and wonderful. I do so hope you’ll be giving us more of the Irin world in the future. I’ve read all of your other books – Elemental Mysteries/World and Cambio Springs. They are quite wonderful, too.

  8. Don’t forget Kim Harrison’s “The Hollows” series. Very good company for the many other excellent recommendations above.

  9. Thank you for recommending Kevin Hearne. I needed a series to supplant the Elementals when you are writing or when I am waiting for new books from old authors. As I am a big fan of Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden, the Iron Druid fits precisely into that area…thank you, thank you, thank you

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