So, I'm trying to get a Weekly Geeks post done earlier in the week this time! And for this week's assignment, it makes sense to get it done a bit earlier anyway.
The question of the week is to think about recommendations. Where and how we get them. And to ask for some and to give some. How's that for simplifying?
Of course, I get much (most?) of the things I want to read from reading all the wonderful book blogs out there. And a little from magazines. And a little from Goodreads. And a little from friends and F2F book groups. And maybe a little from all the lists that are made (100 best whatever books), and awards given (Printz for example), and that type of thing. Or, just keeping up with all the favorite authors can keep you busy for a long long time. Or catching up even.
I try to read lots of different genres, and am not too scared of going out of my comfort zone. Some stuff I won't read though, but usually, I'll read anything. So, I'm trying to think of what to ask for the first part of the assignment.
I'm looking for books that have it all. I want romance. I want intrigue. I want to learn something. I want strong character relationships. I want striking prose. I want sword fights, and mistaken identities, and cool settings. I want good bad guys, and conflicted good guys. So, tell me,what books can you suggest that have it all?? :)
The second part is to give some recommendations.
If you're looking for some easy to read, exciting, page turning type books to get you through the readathon in a couple of weeks, I recommend:
The Maze Runner by James Dashner, which I just finished, and wow.
The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, if you haven't read them yet, now is your chance!
Love Among the Walnuts by Jean Ferris: cute fun book I read a long time ago
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett: quite gripping
Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston, remember the guy that cut off his own arm to escape being stuck by a rock. Yeah, it was an very engaging book.
Sunshine by Robin McKinley: like vampires? Read this.
The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn: perfect for Halloween
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch: wonderful little book.
I don't know about you, but for me, that was fun! I look forward to your recommendations, and will write a wrap up post later this week about them all.