Apr 30 2014 8:10am

What’s Your Most Recommended Book?

Readers connect with each other to find recommendations, whether you find a Reading Twin or an author who reading friends say writes a lot like another one of your faves, or you read a comment on a post here where another community member mentions a book that sounds intriguing.

We all get, and give, recommendations for what next to read. What book have you recommended the most?

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1. carmenlire
Lisa Kleypas, specifically Dreaming Of You. I've recommended that book countless time and have always heard wonderful things from the friends that have borrowed it! It's usually my go to book if people are unsure about romance: either they think it's just smut or they don't know how to start.
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and the Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles are also a big hit.
Pamela Marsh
2. pwminmi
Recently I wrote a post on a board I frequent practically begging folks to try Anne Bishop's The Others series. I had just finished Murder of Crows (fantastic!) posted a review and felt like I wanted to give an extra plug to the series. I went on amazon and found out the the price on Written in Red(book1) had dropped since comming out in paperback. I posted prices, links to reviews. It such a brilliantly written series ! I even bought an ecopy for my husband:)
Roger Simmons1
3. Roger Simmons1
Suzanne Johnson's Royal Street, the first book on the Sentinels of New Orleans series.
Megan Frampton
4. MFrampton
Probably my most recommended book in romance is Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels. I'm trying to think of books outside of romance I've raved about to people--maybe Charles Willeford's Cockfighter or The Burnt Orange Heresy. But I find I don't like recommending books all that often, because I don't want anyone to feel obliged to read anything. But if they ask, I usually then ask what they usually read, and go from there. I loved Bishop's The Others, too, @pwminmi, but most everyone who would have read it already had.
Jena Briars
5. CutMyTeethOnKleypas
For a historical - Suddenly You or Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas

For a modern - Irish Born Trilogy by Nora Roberts - or anything Victoria Dahl
Roger Simmons1
6. Kay Ward
Any of the BlackDagger brotherhood books by J.R. Ward
Carmen Pinzon
7. bungluna
I find myself recommending authors rather than books, and tayloring my recommendations to the person.

For historicals I recommend Loretta Chase.
For contemporary romance, I go with Jennifer Crusie, (Agnes and The Hitman if it's for a guy).
For sci-fi, Louis MacMaster Bujold covers everything from space opera to romance. She also has some good alt-history fantasy novels.
For fantasy, Tanya Huff is the go-to gal. Her vampire series is pretty good too.
As for mysteries, I'm a traditionalist and always go with Dorothy L. Sayers.
Dick Francis is in a class all his own.
Roger Simmons1
8. Lynnd
The book I have recommended (and given as a gift) the most is Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay - historical fantasy (has romantic elements). The rest of his books are also DIKs for me.
Caity Willox
9. Heliyas
Anything by Seanan McGuire. That woman is a master world-builder!
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