Readers told me 3 books they loved, 1 book they hated, and what they’re reading right now. In turn, I’m recommending 3 books for each reader. (Or more, if I can’t help myself.)
This week we’re choosing books for Pauline, whose books are:
Love: Persuasion, the Harry Potter series, the Outlander series
Hate: most, but not all poetry (it often feels very self-indulgent—maybe I’ve just read bad poetry?)
Last read: Stardust
Pauline—like so many other readers—loves the sweeping, action-packed series Harry Potter and Outlander, and the fanciful worlds Neil Gaiman does so well. But she also loves Persuasion, which tells me she’ll read beyond the fantasy and adventure genres, as long as the characters are compelling.
I’m recommending Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible for its compelling characters, strong plot, good writing, and sweeping feel, even though it has zero supernatural elements and is thoroughly grounded in its time and place.
In the YA sci-fi series The Lunar Chronicles, each book puts a new spin on an old fairy tale. There are three books in the series so far, with two more coming in 2015. (Meaning, if you love the first book, Cinder, you’ll have lots more reading to look forward to.)
Elizabeth Gaskell is well-suited to Jane Austen fans. I specifically chose Wives and Daughters because of the French reference in Pauline’s blog name.
And if Pauline suspects she’s been reading bad poetry, the post Top Nine Reasons to Read Poetry will help her find her way to the good stuff.
Please share your recommendations for Pauline in comments. Thank you!
P.S. Get lost in a great series.