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Recommendations Galore

Thanks to A Throne of Books for creating this list in her original post requesting recommendations.


1. Favorite books in all categories: The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman - I know you've heard it before but I can't recommend this book enough!

2. Start to a series: Dissolution by CJ Sansom
3. By an author who's written over 5 books total: White Hawk: Revenge by David Pilling
4. Classic Literature: Villette by Charlotte Bronte
5. Banned Books: Based on its inclusion in this list, I'm going to say the Bible.
6. Featuring an assassin: The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau
7. In a world with Dragons: Here be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penmen - admittedly there are only metaphorical dragons in this one.
8. Male Main Character: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
9. Female Main Character: Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell
10. Retelling of another story: Drawing a blank on this one. 
11. Book with a Gorgeous Cover: A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger
12. Debut book of any author:The Serpent Sword by Matthew Harffy
13. Fantasy in general: The Magic of Recluce by LE Modesitt
14. Finale for a series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
15. Graphic Novel: Never read one.
16. That you paid over $15 for (and was worth every penny): A King's Ransom by Sharon Kay Penman
17. Published after 2010: And Some Fell on Stony Ground by Leslie Mann
18. Featuring a Pricess/Prince or Queen/King: Time for some self promotion! Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen by Samantha WIlcoxson :-)
19. Thriller: Dark Fire by CJ Sansom
20. You read because it was a bestseller: One that I would recommend? They are usually disappointing.
21. Involving drugs: The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau
22. Memoir: Unbroken by Laura Hildenbrand

23. Favorite completed series as a whole: Anything by Sharon Kay Penman

24. Book with witches/warlocks: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
25. Historical Fiction: The Serpent and the Pearl by Kate Quinn
26. Ugly Cry book: I cry when reading almost anything. It is ugly.
27. Realistic Fiction: Self Promotion Part II - No Such Thing as Perfect by Samantha WIlcoxson
28. Dystopia: Unwind by Neal Shusterman
29. Time Travel: Not exactly time travel but.... Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
30. Elf or Dwarf Main character: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

31. Favorite incomplete series either by you or not yet finished by author: Matthew Shardlake series by CJ Sansom - Go Team Matthew!

32. Literary Fiction: Act of Grace by Karen Simpson
33. Non-Fiction (Anything, cookbook, self-help, etc): The Last White Rose by Desmond Seward
34. Middle Grade Novel: Self Promotion Part III - Over the Deep: A Titanic Adventure by Samantha Wilcoxson
35. Includes sword/knife fighting: The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
36. Something mysterious is afoot: The List by Robert Whitlow
37. Diverse Reads (main character non-white/non-straight): Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
38. Wanderlust book: Great question! I can't think of one.
39. Unreliable Narrator: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
40. Character with mental illness: Jimmy by Robert Whitlow
41. Sci-fi in general: Star Wars: Death Star by Michael Reaves
42. Paranormal Main Character: Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
43. Horror: I don't do horror.
44. Books with murder in them: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
45. Set in a time of war (real or fictional): Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
46. Set in the place you live: Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley
47. Book with servants in some manner: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
48. Book eventually adapted to a movie: Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
49. Book you've read more than once: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
50. A Good Zombie Book: Ugh, zombies.
51. A love story: The Lion and the Rose by Kate Quinn
52. Set in space: Star Wars: Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn
53. Multiple POV: The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham
54. Erotic for people who don't read erotic novels: I don't even read romance, so I got nothin on this.

55. Written by an author who has died (recently or a very long time ago): House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

56. Written by an author who is still living: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

57. Childhood favorite: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

58. A long book (Let's say at least 450 pages minimum): The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

59. Young Adult book in general: Fever 1793 by Laurie Andersen

60. Adult book in general: Roots by Alex Haley