These are a few of my favorite things: Day 4 – BOOKS

This week we’re sharing our favorite things each day. Monday we looked at podcasts. Tuesday we did TV (shout out to everyone who suggested Enola Holmes, which we loved). Wednesday we did internet delights. And today? BOOKS!

Books are saving me during this time. I spend at least an hour a day outside with a book and a cold drink and it’s the closest thing I have to travel and visiting with imaginary friends. Some days are harder to focus so I lean on graphic novels. Sometimes I need to escape into deep, complex books. Sometimes I just reread the same books I’ve loved forever because when I lose my place I still know where I am.

One of my favorite new reads was Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas.

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.


I also can’t recommend enough everything my book club (The Fantastic Strangelings) has read this year. Click right here for a list that shows everything we’ve recommended since January, including the optional bonus books for those of use who need more than one book a month to keep their hands busy. The book club is keeping us in business even when we can’t open our doors so thank you if you are a member or if you’ve gifted a membership to someone else. (I’m not sure if we still have spots for October’s book left but if you sign up now you’ll definitely get in for November’s book, which is so fantastic. It’s nonfiction and it is FASCINATING and I can’t wait to discuss it with all of you. I’ll announce it in a few weeks probably.)

So now it’s your turn. It can be old, new, a comfort read or something challenging. What’s a great book you recommend?

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  1. Your books and Allie Brosh’s are my go-tos for hard days. They are just so relatable and yet humorous. 🙂

    (Thank you for that. Your books have been my saving grace some days)

  2. The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd. It’s a fictional book about Jesus’ wife, Ana.

  3. The thing I was looking forward to most this year was Megan Whalen Turner’s Return of the Thief, the final book in a series I’ve been reading for 22 years. It came out last week and was absolutely everything I wanted it to be. I did a full series reread to prepare and I think I’m going to do another one soon now that I know how it ends. My favorite YA fantasy/comfort reads/characters.

  4. I’ve been doing a lot more reading now that I don’t have to spend 1.5 hours a day commuting to and from work. Right now I’m reading The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. I started the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French, on which the television series is based. I highly recommend both the books and the TV show!

  5. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

    This book is so. Good. I can’t put it down.

    “Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic.”

  6. The Peter Shandy series by Charlotte McLeod. Ben Aaronovich. Elizabeth Peters. Donna Anderson. In less stressful times, Jodi Taylor.

  7. Oh, I love pretty much all of the books by Anne Bishop and the Nocturne Falls books by Kristen Painter are a lot of fun. More recently would recommend Hot and Badgered (The Honey Badger Chronicles Book 1) by Shelly Laurenston it’s really funny.

  8. I still happily re-read all of my Mercedes Lackey and Anne McCaffrey books. They are comfort food. The Honor Harrington and Safehold series by David Weber. The Old Man’s War series by John Scalzi (ok, anything he’s written).

  9. I absolutely loved Katherine Addison’s The Angel of the Crows; I wasn’t sure I would, since I’m not a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes in general, but I read an excerpt and had to buy it. It did not disappoint!

  10. I love Cider House Rules. I just re-read it after the passing of RBG. It reinforces the absolute need for women having a choice.

    I am in the middle of Fingersmith by Sarah Waters and it is so amazing. It’s a historical crime/gothic novel with twists and turns. I don’t usually recommend books I haven’t finished, but I am loving this one!

  11. I have been listening to books because I can’t sit still to read anymore. You absolutely must listen to Tom Hanks read “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett. I loved it so much. I felt like I was in bed, propped with pillows, and a blanket pulled to my chin listening to him tell me a story, even though I was doing yard work or scrubbing the bathroom. A fun parallel universe listen is “Red, White, and Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston–a twist on the Prince Charming tale and very funny. Now I am on a Louise Penny tear. After bingeing Schitt’s Creek, I have slid into another Canadian universe and the Inspector Gamache series gets better with each installment. In my third nod to Canada, I am currently watching Anne with an E, which regularly makes me weep. (I never get in at the start of one of these posts, so I am giving you all I got.) Take care out there.

  12. My favorite new discovery this year has been the books of Claire North. “The End of the Day” is about a quiet guy who has a job as The Harbinger of Death. “The Sudden Appearance of Hope” is about a women nobody can remember in a world dedicated to total knowledge. “The Pursuit of William Abbey” is about a doctor literally haunted by something he didn’t do. Those are my favorites, but there are others. She writes with such a thoughtful melancholy.

  13. I recently tore through the Charlotte Holmes tetralogy by Brittany Cavallari. Am deeply saddened that there will not be a 5th.

  14. I just finished reading Allie Brosh’s latest, and it is definitely getting added to my to-be-read-again-as-needed shelf. Also on that shelf are her first book and all my Jenny books.

    I haven’t been reading a lot that’s new lately. Between COVID and some really hard things going on in life right now (that I won’t bore everyone with) I have been mostly going with the old and well-loved re-reads already on that read again as needed shelf for comfort. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, Standing in the Rainbow (all three by Fannie Flagg.) Child of Fortune by Norman Spinrad. Aristoi by Walter Jon Williams. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett. Cowboy Feng’s Space Bar and Grill by Steven Brust. The Lastborn of Elvinwood by Linda Haldeman. The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee. The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan. Peony in Love by Lisa See.

    I am actually in the midst of one new thing. I got my hands on the advance reader copy of By Immortal Honor Bound by Danielle Ancona in exchange for a review when I finish reading it, and I am LOVING it so far. It’s a gorgeous blend of mythology, history, fantasy, alchemy, science, and romance, filled with great characters. I love it so much I’ve already pre-ordered a copy for when it releases on November 4, and I haven’t even finished reading the ARC.

  15. I have a lot of favorities – Neil Gaimen reading anything is always perfect (graveyard book would be perfect right now) – Claire North’s books are awesome especially the first 15 lives of Harry August – love Rainbow Rowell’s fangirl and Carryon – and for something a little different anything by Jon Ronson…even better when read by the author in my opinion.

  16. I’ve just started book 3 of the Nevermoor series by Jessica Townsend and it’s so SO good. Fans of Harry Potter of any and every age should love it.

  17. I Am I Am I Am by Maggie O’Farrell is so good. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande is a good one as well. Both non-fiction.

  18. So many books this year. Docile by KM Szpara, Finna by Nino Cipri, Clap When you Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, & Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare. Oh and This is How You Lose the Time War…

  19. Today I am 65. Somewhat down and frustrated, it has been difficult to read lately, or rather, I am reading a lot but can’t seem to remember them when I’m done. Probably me not the book. I do better with poetry. A short snippet that I can concentrate on. Mary Oliver is wonderful especially her dog collection but Devotions is a go to.

  20. I’m reading Helen Hoang’s books, The Bride Test and The Kiss Quotient. I never thought of myself as a romance reader before, but these might change my mind.
    Also! American Royals and the sequel Majesty (fingers crossed for a third!) and the Janies (My Lady Jane, My Plain Jane, & My Calamity Jane.)

  21. I have owned Rothfuss’ “Slow Regard of Silent Things” for many years….never really got into it. But that was because it wasnt yet time.
    I’m reading it now – very slowly – and it fills my heart and makes it hurt just a little bit less.

  22. The Wayward Children books by Seanan McGuire. They might be short, but they are packed full. And no, they are not for kids. I read anything she writes, such an amazing story teller. She also write under the name Mira Grant.

  23. I too have been into graphic novels these days—I accidentally read Dark Victory and The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale out of order, but still thoroughly enjoyed both.

    Some of the books I end up coming back to again and again are The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, and Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.

  24. I’m not able to read for more than a short bursts here and there due to my disabilities, but I can list some old favorites (many of which are children’s books) that are great.
    Anything by Roald Dahl for children. Robert Heinlein’s A Stranger In A Strange Land. James Herriot’s Creatures Great And Small Series (very funny and sweet,) Bill Bryson’s A Walk In The Woods, The Rescuers Series of books by Margery Sharp (pre-Disney,) Moomintrolls series by Tove Jansson, The Borrowers series by Mary Norton, The Grey King series by Susan Cooper, the Julie Of The Wolves series by Jean Craighead George, and also My Side Of The Mountain by the same author, The Island Of The Dolphin series by Scott O’Dell, the Noisy Village series by Astrid Lindgren, Maia by Richard Adams, Karen and With Love From Karin by Marie Killilea, Bambi: A Life In The Woods by Felix Salten (pre Disney,) the Rainbow Fairy series by Andrew Lang (classic fairy tales in all their dark and twisted original form,) Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor, the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, Jean M Auel’s Clan Of The Cave Bear series, all of James Michener’s books, the Shogun series by James Clavell, Margaret Atwood books, and children’s books by Thornton Burgess. And so many more I can’t remember right now…

  25. I have been absolutely loving the Crisanta Knight series by Geanna Culbertson. The 7th book came out at the start of October and I couldn’t put it down. The best part was finding out that what was supposed to be an 8 book series is now going to have 9 books. Cannot wait for the next part of the adventure. I love seeing what fairytale, myth, legend, nursery rhyme character or pop culture reference she will twist into the story. It is amazing how well she does it so you don’t even question how well they work together.

  26. My absolute favorite book is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I think I’m the only one in my group who understands it. I recently read The Last Ship by William Brinkley, since we enjoyed the TV show so much. It’s a tough read, but the only thing I can say is the writing is beautiful!

  27. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter, Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  28. I don’t have a recent read that hit me enough to share, but I have loaded up my Overdrive wish list with all the goodness you all have shared- thank you!

  29. Anything by Brandon Sanderson. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (so poignant and I totally see myself in her), Less by Andrew Sean Greer (so funny!!), The Underground Railway by Colson Whitehead.

  30. -A Wrinkle In Time- Madeleine L’Engle- have loved since my first pre-teen reading of it.
    -Shade of Gray by Jasper Fforde ( most definitely an indeterminate number of shade of gray, totally unrelated to the 50 shades series)
    – Man Hunt by ??? a true reconstruction of the hunt for John Wilkes Booth
    – Their Eyes Were Watching God- Zora Neale Hurston
    And these phrases:

    “I don’t owe it to you to be skinny.” HIPAA

    “It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning, in this broken world” Mary Oliver

    “Breathing dreams like air” F Scott Fitzgerald

    “We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people were just meant to be in the same story” from I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

    “The light in me bows down to the light in you” Buddha

  31. The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler…. The amazing cover art drew me in and the story would not let me go!

  32. I recently read “A Single Swallow” by Zhang Ling (it was a Prime First Read) and I loved it.

  33. I’m re-reading Margaret Weiss’ Star of the Guardians books – The Lost King, Kings Test, Kings Sacrifice, Ghost Legion. I just love these books. Also Louise Cooper’s Indigo series, and Sue Grafton’s A-Y Kinsey Millhone series (although it still hurts that Sue passed away and the alphabet will forever now end in Y). And yes I am a Twilight tragic and I’ve just finished Midnight Sun. But they do keep the collywobbles away when I’m scared to sleep.

  34. Recently loved The Witches Are Coming, The Vanishing Half, and finishing Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious trilogy. I’m reading Caste right now and learning so much. Now to go back through comments and start adding to my Good Reads list…

  35. Graphic novels by Kyle Starks, love love love them especially Sexcastle. How can a book be super violent and snortingly funny and very sweet, all at once…

  36. Your books helped me out a lot. I also recommend just about anything by Terry Pratchett. (But especially Going Postal, Thud!, and the Tiffany Aching series, which begins with Wee Free Men.
    Don’t miss Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
    For graphic novels, you just cannot beat Elfquest, which you can read free online on their website . .but be prepared to spend a lot of time there if you like it, because it’s been going on for 42 years or so.
    Another great GN series is Strangers in Paradise.
    AMD you might try one of my own books, namely Circling the Waggins.

  37. NPCs by Drew Hayes. It’s about what happens when a group of background characters in a D&D-like game decide to take on the role of adventurers. An online friend recommended it to me about 2 weeks ago. I’m now on the 4th in the series, it’s that good!

    Any of the Discworld series By Terry Pratchett, my favorite is Thief of Time.

    The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series, and Scotland Street series, both by Alexander McCall Smith.

    If A Pirate I Must Be, by Richard Sanders. It’s a biography of Bartholomew Roberts/Black Bart.

  38. The King Killer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss or the Fairyland series by Catherynne Valente. The first is a good fantasy read, the second is for fun. For graphic novels (a both fantasy and fun choice) Rat Queens. My two very favorite books are not great (uplifting) reads for 2020 though, The Giver by Lois Lowry and 1984 by George Orwell.

  39. I’m reading the “Odd Thomas” series by Dean Koontz. I usually don’t read his books as I don’t read horror/thrillers, but I am loving this. You have to love a book that says things like, “As he hit me, he called me a rectum, although he used a less elegant synonym for the word.”
    Dean Koontz is a funny guy!

  40. Besides you? Anything by Laini Taylor or Deborah Harkness – both have lovely trilogies that gave me serious book hangovers. Jen Lancaster is another favorite. Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs is on top of my pile (*love* the cover!), and currently living on the bed next to me is Livewired by David Eagleman (nonfiction neuroscience) and your Strangelings pick of A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik. 🙂

  41. Your books have helped me out a lot.
    I also recommend just about anything by Terry Pratchett, (but especially Going Postal, Thud!, and the Tiffany Aching series which begins with Wee Free Men.)
    Don’t miss Gaiman’s Ocean at the End of the Lane.
    For Graphic Novels, you can’t beat Elfquest. It’s available in various formats, but you can also read it free on the elfquest website. If you like it, plan to spend a lot of time with it, because it’s been going on for more than 40 years.
    Another great GN series is Strangers in Paradise.
    And you can always try out one of my books, like Circling the Waggins.

    Sorry if this posts 2x, the first time it seems to have disappeared, bit you never know.

  42. Recently read Brit Bennet’s The Vanishing Half and liked it so much I read her earlier book The Mothers. Margot Livesey’s The Boy in the Field was so good it prompted me to read her Eva Moves the Furniture. Any Shirley Jackson fan should read The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling. or Annihilation by Jeff VanDerMeer. Both are like sci-fi books written by Shirley Jackson – wonderfully creepy! SO looking forward to YOUR next book, Jenny!

  43. My mother was a voracious reader but she only (mostly) read murder mysteries. She really loved the Inspector Lynley series by Elizabeth George, and I enjoyed the ones that I read (there’s a lot of them so I have more to go!). Before writing this suggestion, I pulled out one of the books that I kept from her collection after she died. And stumbled across a note from her – to me – that I never knew was there. I feel like she’s telling me to start reading again.

  44. My current comfort read is Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen. It’s sweet.

  45. The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
    Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch
    Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
    Mistborn Trilogy (the first one; haven’t read the second) by Brandon Sanderson

  46. Jenny! Read Lobizona! It’s kind of like Cemetery Boys but with immigration! And werewolves! And Hogwarts in the Everglades! *insert Stefan IT HAS EVERYTHING gif*
    Oh also it’s super clearly pro LGBTQ+ in delightful, touching ways. 🙂

  47. I’ve been reading with a zoom book club and I’ve also been reading dollar store books from dollar tree. I’ve also been reading from my aunt’s shelves. Right now im reading K is for Killer by what’s her face who did the ABC mysteries. And I’m reading a star wars novella, this one is about Poe, the new girl Skywalker (ray?) And the black guy who was a storm trooper then converted to the rebellion. So here is where I tell you guys I apologize for this raggedy post but my brain is over taxed, and I thank you for being a light in a tunnel every day I come to this blog. 💜💜💜

  48. Utopia Avenue
    Bone Clocks
    Black Swan Green
    Slade House
    All by David Mitchell

    Literary fantasy/ horror with a good bit of rock and roll.

    All of Kate Atkinsons books are wonderful. Her book of short stories is delightful. My favorite of her books is Human Croquet.

  49. Beauty by Robin McKinley is always there for me when I need a beautiful, lovely, comforting re-read. If you like fairy tale re-tellings, DO IT. Otherwise, anything by Terry Pratchett will make you laugh your head off and then pause, realize it was actually really bloody deep, and you now have a better understanding of human nature. Also any of the Callahan stories/books by Spider Robinson for the same reason. Plus lots of bonus puns and ridiculous things like interstellar Santa mixed with saving the human race.

  50. Oof, always late to the party…!

    Anyway, right now I’m all about the comfort reads, things I’ve read a hundred times before and always come back to because I love them so much – like revisiting an old neighborhood.

    That means Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books (I’m currently rereading the Watch books), the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde, and the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch.

    I also managed to get the entire Cadfael series by Ellis Peters for a song, so I’m going to start reading those. Also also the Jodi Taylor time-traveling historians books. Also also also slowly getting into Neil Gaiman.

  51. Furiously Happy is still my runaway favorite and the one I reread most often. An author I like to read if I’m in a depressed headspace is Dakota Cassidy (especially the Accidental series). She also makes me laugh out loud while I’m reading and her characters are outstanding. Janet Evanovich is also a great author when I’m trying to lift my mood. My newest favorite find is Crave by Tracy Wolff. It’s really hard to put down and really draws me in. Catherine House by Elizabeth Thomas was fantastic as was The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I also really enjoyed The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara.

  52. Glad you loved Enola Holmes! Now go read the books!!! I can not recommend all of them enough. So amazing!!

  53. I just recently switched from reading police procedurals and murder mysteries (Kurt Wallander and Will Trent are my favorite series) to nonfiction. I do most of my reading at night and I was staying up until all hours and not sleeping. So now I’m reading Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist.

  54. Sorry, I know I already posted, and this might already be a dead thread, but I forgot to mention a couple of books that might resonate here…for new reading I’ve been getting into cookbook-slash-memoirs – it’s kind of an unknown subgenre for me, but I’m really enjoying it.

    The first is Midnight Chicken by Ella Risbridger. Her book tells the story of how she fought (and still fights) her depression by learning how to cook – having been taught by the love of her life (he was also a writer). I loved loved loved this book because her depression sounded like mine (does that make sense? I don’t know how else to describe).

    The other is My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl. This book is about the year she spent getting over losing her job at Gourmet magazine (because it shut down), and she also uses cooking to help her get out of her blues. Having lost my job a year ago and still unemployed, I felt this book so much.

    One more, which is not about depression, but about just everyday living, is Slices of Life by Leah Eskin. It’s a compilation of her food columns for the Chicago Tribune. Some might find it boring, but I find it very calm and soothing.

  55. All the Terry Pratchetts, Ian Rankin, Charlaine Harris, Bruny by Heather Rose, and two of the most beautiful books I have read recently, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows and The Octopus And I by Erin Hortle

  56. Try Nevil Shute! Wonderful stories! Only negative is that when he wrote them (1930’s thru the 1950’s) social/cultural norms were less politically correct. But wonderful stories: Trustee From the Toolroom; A Town Like Alice, On The Beach, Pied Piper. All ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances

  57. It’s the perfect time of year to recommend The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – but I’m specifically recommending the audiobook. It’s a full cast performance (including Gaiman) and it’s AMAZING. Hands down, my all-time favorite audiobook. Go check it out!!

  58. If you’re looking for amazing fantasy series then please try the Daevabad trilogy by S.A Chakraborty (City of Brass, Kingdom of Copper, and Empire of Gold) – it is fantastic!

    Another series I loved was the Star-Touched Queen and Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi.

    One last recommendation – Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E Schwab

  59. The Neopolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante. You may have heard of My Brilliant Friend which is a series on HBO based on the first of the four books. They are beautiful books. I am waiting for the fourth one to get to my library. It’s been in transit all week…

  60. Me again because I just thought of another one and it’s quick and funny and super-interesting and even if it sounds like it wouldn’t appeal to you, it would! The Egg and I, first published in 1945, is a memoir by American author Betty MacDonald about her life on a chicken farm way up on the Olympic mountains in Washington state. She’s brilliant and chances are you mom read it, too. It was pretty hot property in 1945.

  61. Everyone I know seconds the recommendation of The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells – so good.

    Anything by Lois McMaster Bujold, though series are better in order.

    Cryptonomicon by Nea; Stephens, though I didn’t like others by him. It jumps around in time, so a little confusing but ultimately so satisfying

  62. The Hunt of the Unicorn by CC Humphreys (he has loads of good books). There is a Unicorn, and a normal girl who literally falls into adventure. The book was inspired by the mystery of the Unicorn Tapestries and was so good it made me go see them in person, at the Met, in New York, nearly 5000 km away from my home.

    The Deeds of Paksenariion Dorthansdotter (get the trilogy in one book) by Elizabeth Moon – Traditional Fantasy, a good fun book (well, three books in one, but read them all).

    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (but not if you’re having a hard day, it is too close to home for some right now, dystopian).

    A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (Wayfarers series, all of them are really good). Sci-Fi. So good. Interesting aliens and relationships.

  63. A Place For Us, the story of a family that immigrated from the Middle East and their American children. Made me look at my relationship with my children in an entirely different light.

    Sharks in the Time of Saviors – a beautiful story about a Hawaiian family, BY a native Hawaiian. Beautifully written. I read the first sentence and could barely breathe.

  64. So You Wanna Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Definitely challenging and absolutely necessary, especially in these times of social awakening. This deserves a permanent place on your bookshelf.

    Also, Lost Connections by Johann Hari, which talks about how our disconnections in life (especially in western countries) are causing/perpetuating depression and anxiety. Treat yourself and get the audio version, Johann himself reads it a had a lovely voice.

  65. Not to flatter, but your books make me laugh out loud and I can’t wait for the next one. Ok, for a saga I loved the Pillars of the Earth and Memoirs of a Geisha. I like anything by David Sedaris, most recently Calyso and Let’s discuss Diabetes with Owls. I really enjoy Francis Mayes books about buying a home in Italy such as Under the Tuscan Sun. I’m currently reading The Chain which is hard to put down.

  66. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen. It’s about Captain Hook and the redeeming power of love and Peter Pan is the villain!

  67. My comfort listening (audiobooks) is the Superpowereds series by Drew Hayes. It’s about a college training program for people with super powers, but the focus is on five characters who grew up unable to manage their powers, but who recently got experimental treatment which allows them to be “normal” supers. Each book is quite long, so it’s definitely a good value!

  68. I second or third the Murderbot series. Anything by Tamora Pierce, starting with the Alana, Lioness series. Anything by Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle. Anything by Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, especially Nora’s Shelter in Place and Come Sundown and her apocalyptic trilogy starting with Year One. (And I don’t normally enjoy dystopian tales.) I also love Patricia Briggs’ werewolves – the Mercedes Thompson series and it’s adjunct series, Alpha and Omega. I am currently rereading Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series. Her Incryptid series is also great. Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series and her Archangel series.

    If you’re a fan of British cosy mysteries and the Great British Baking Show, I’m currently also reading a series by Nancy Warren that encompass both. Also her Vampire Knitting Club series.

    And I re-read all the Anne of Green Gables books a few weeks ago. That was a comforting series, especially my favourite, Rilla of Ingleside, the last one, about Anne’s youngest daughter.

  69. I recently read Where the Crawdads sing and I loved it. Absolutely unputdownable.
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane is my favorite book of Neil Gaimain’s.
    For light and funny, Samantha Irby’s books, which I always read in one sitting.
    One of my favorite authors is Micheal J. Sullivan (fantasy). His recent 6 book series Legends of the First Empire was absolutely amazing.

  70. One of my all time favorites is The Afterlife of Billy Fingers, by Annie Kagan. It’s a true story of what happened to Annie after her bad-boy big brother died very suddenly. If you’re not interested in spirituality and what happens after we die, skip this one. But for me it was hugely transformative.

  71. The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom was one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. It’s beautifully written, emotional, makes you truly see her city through her eyes and feel like you are getting to know her family personally.

  72. The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani is amazing. Even more amazing is the audio book read by Shohreh Aghdashloo.

  73. Oh Jenny, I cannot even tell you. In my 50 years of reading, aside from the James Herriot series of vet books, this trilogy is the most life enhancing book, I can and will always, recommend: The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay. I promise, cross my heart, you will love this. Your Pearl Jam friend, Tanja.

  74. I’d recommend Bunny by Mona Awad. It has creepy magic and a coven and a send up of the MFA crowd. Dark and funny and touching.

  75. I recommend the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series by Jodi Taylor. If you like humor, strong heroines, history, and time travel (but don’t call it that), this series is for you!

  76. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow is fantastic, as are Circe by Madeline Miller and Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. They all have gorgeous writing and awesome women lead characters.

  77. The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln by Kate Clifford Larson

  78. I cannot recommend The House In The Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune enough. It’s one of the best books I have ever read, it’s the book we need right now.
    It’s hope and comfort and everything good.
    You and Hailey will love it.

  79. The Last Cruise ship by Robert Tillsley. It’s a story about a lonely loser who finds himself in the stars. A true science fiction space of opera and lots of fun. My husband is the offer but I really think it’s a good read.

    Also the Others series by Anne Bishop is a really good read.

  80. Discworld
    Galaxy’s Edge by Anspach and Cole
    Anything by Edgar Rice Burroughs
    XKCDs two books What If and How To.

  81. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.
    The small child caught up in a great big, bad adult conflict theme. I listened on Audible first, found the story so well done I then read the book – great writing!
    Snow Child.
    A child (again), or maybe not, found wandering in a snowy Alaska woods by herself.
    The Dog Stars.
    A flu pandemic (as if!), everyone is gone and suddenly he gets a message….
    Bear by Marian Engle.
    She’s having a consensual sexual encounter with a bear. Yes, like in big hairy growling bear. Besides, a copy is for sale on Amazon for $987.

  82. I recommend the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series by Jodi Taylor. If you like humor, strong heroines, history, and time travel (but don’t call it that), this series is for you!

  83. Thank you all for sharing your favorite books. I recommend The Wayfarers Series by Becky Chambers. I also recommend Annabel by Kathleen Winters for the beautiful writing and heartbreaking story.

  84. I’m reading so much less now. I keep trying, but my brain just can’t focus. I think it’s stressed. The only exception seems to be at 3 am when I have insomnia and need to be up at 6. And my body is too tired to fight me.

  85. My favourite at the moment is Jodi Taylor’s St Mary’s chronicles, they are funny, clever and exciting. I read A Deadly Educaction hoping it would be as good, but it just missed the mark for me, I think you’d love her books. Time travel, humour, adventure and a whole lot of imagination. Thanks for all the recommendations, my to read list is growing and growing! Stay safe and well!

  86. Just finished the last book in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafron. Don’t have to be read in sequence but they all intertwine. Take place in Barcelona starting in the 1930’s through the Civil War and Franco regime until the 1960’s. Very gothic setting and much intrigue! And if you like books about books and bookshops(and a cemetery for all books ever written) you will love immersing yourself in this series. I want to go back and live it all again!!

  87. I’m late to the party, as usual, but let me recommend all the books by John Connolly, and the Seanan McGuire “October Daye” series. Oh, and anything by Louise Penny.

  88. Thank you for the suggestions! I’ve seen some authors I already love and started a list of new books to look for. Here a few I like and haven’t seen already mentioned….

    Connie Willis, Blackout and All Clear — two time traveling World War II novels with all the feels.

    Richard Russo, Straight Man is laugh out loud / husband coming into the room to check that I was still breathing funny.

  89. It might be the season but i LOVED Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey.

    The perfect ghost story!

  90. OMG! Seconding Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey!
    Brilliant book and a wonderful read.

  91. I third Haunting Violet by Alexandra Harvey. I reread this entrigueing book often. I love the rythem of the writing. Definately a favourite at this time of year.

  92. I recommend the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series by Jodi Taylor. If you like humor, strong heroines, history, and time travel (but don’t call it that), this series is for you!

  93. I absolutely adore the Cast novels (Chronicles of Elantera) by Michelle Sagara. I’ve reread the series so many times, almost yearly (each time a new book in the series comes out). I read fairly quickly, yet I force myself to read these books slowly, otherwise I’m too sad when the book is done! They’re an unique and interesting mix of fantasy, police procedural with magic, and mystery; sharp wit and humor that has just the right amount of darkness for me. Set in a great city with multiple races getting along as best they can, the books feature a strong female heroine whose flaws only make her more sympathetic. Characters are one of this authors strong points, no-one is totally white or black- even the overwhelming big bad has a backstory slowly doled out that makes you wonder if he’s truly irredeemable (…maybe?).

    If full epic fantasy is more your thing, the same author publishes under the name Michelle Sagara West. The Sunsword series, the House War series, and the Hunter’s Oath duology are all fantastic! All three series are set in the same universe, but focus on different characters and story lines that overlap in really neat ways. These books are much longer, more intricate, and heavier of theme. All that makes it possible for greater overreaching themes of love and hope, though, which to me is the main takeaway of these series; love, hope, with honour and loyalty as well. Again, unforgettable and intriguing characters.

    Right now Michelle is giving away free copies of her short stories on her website’s blog. They’ve made me laugh, cry, and smile through my tears. Obviously she’s my favorite author. Canadian, too, if that’s a factor for you. 🙂

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