In the two years since Lisa and I started The Nocturnal Library, I've posted all kinds of things, wrote hundreds of reviews, organized a blog tour and helped put together a week-long blog hop/event, but I have never challenged a friend to read at my recommendation only. Of course, most people would never agree to do such a thing, but you shouldn't underestimate my powers of persuasion. I have honed the skill of transoceanic hypnosis to absolute perfection and I'm afraid my dear friend Flannery had no choice in the matter.
That's not to say it was all easy, though. After long and rather hostile negotiations (virtual punches may or may not have been thrown), we agreed on a list of 50 books, most of them adult Urban Fantasy, Steampunk and even Paranormal Romance. (I tried so hard for this last one, but you guys know it gives me allergies.) Some titles you'll all see coming, and some will probably surprise you, but I hope each of you will find something you'll like.
But first, have you guys met Flannery? All jokes aside, she's the best and kindest friend a girl could ever wish for, so if you don't know her yet, run over to The Readventurer and do some research.
And now, onto the list. (Be afraid, be very afraid!)
For some reason, I feel like starting with Steampunk. It's my new love, a genre I never saw coming, to be honest, but one that just keeps surprising me with creativity. Here are some of my favorites:
For Paranormal Romance, I have only one title, but it's one I really like, so I hope you guys will forgive me.
Totally embarassing, right? Right. I didn't want many adult post-apocalyptic, dystopian, futuristic titles, but these just snuck up on me somehow.
I think none of you will be particularly surprised to see that my Urban Fantasy list is by far the longest. All of these are first books of a series, and I love them all.
10. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
11. Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett
12. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
13. Mind Games by Carolyn Crane
14. The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay
15. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
16. Stormwalker by Allyson James
17. Skinwalker by Faith Hunter
18. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
19. Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland
20. Blood Rights by Kristen Painter
21. Right Hand Magic by Nancy A. Collins
22. Midnight Riot by Ben Aronovich
23. Touch the Dark by Karen Chance
24. Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane
25. Sealed With a Curse by Cecy Robson
26. Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson
The adult Sci-Fi list is also very short, but both are books I absolutely adore.
27. Perdition by Ann Aguirre
28. The Academy by Zachary Rawlins
Next is just a list of books I loved at some point in my life. There's a bit of everyhting in there, some classics, two Croatian titles, a few odd choices, but every one of them is a book that means a lot to me.
29. Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany
30. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
31. As If I Am Not There by Slavenka Drakulić
32. Meet Me Under the Ombu Tree by Santa Montefiore
33. Betty Blue by Philippe Djian
34. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
35. Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac
36. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
37. Sarajevo Marlboro by Miljenko Jergovic (SS collection)
38. The Stranger by Albert Camus
And finally, because I just couldn't help myself, here are some of my favorite YA titles I wish Flann would read. She told me she doesn't read that much YA these days, so I don't expect her to pick any of them, but I had to include them anyway.
39. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
40. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
41. All Fall Down by Sally Nichols
42. The Diviners by Libba Bray
43. Sanctum by Sarah Fine
44. Bruised by Sarah Skilton
45. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
46. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
47. How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kristen Miller
48. Cornerstone by Misty Provencher
49. Boy Nobody by Alen Zadoff
50. Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff
You can go over to The Readventurer to check out Flann's post. She already finished two books from my list and she has plans for more.
What about you guys? Do you have any additional recommendations? Do you see something you'd like to read yourselves?