Okay, yes, I'm crazy to do this because I already have so many books on my TBR/On My Shelf lists. But I'm always looking for new reads and I've been thinking about types of books that I'd be interested in reading. So, I came up with a few categories that I'd like your opinion on. Some of them are books that I'm interested in because I know that I'll like them and some of them are books that I'm interested in because I haven't read a lot of them before and am looking to expand my horizons. Look at all them and list as many or as few books as you'd like. Heck, have your friends visit my blog and give me their choices as well. I can't promise that I'll get to all of them in the next, oh, decade or so, but they'll be added to my TBR list all the same.
Books with Death as a character
He (or she) could be a main character, a secondary character, or even someone that just shows up. Any and all incarnations of Death are welcome.
Books by Scottish authors
I've recently gotten on a Scotland kick and would be interested in reading more about the country or just more books by authors who are Scottish.
Books by Irish authors
I'm Irish by descent but for some reason I've never really delved into books written by Irish authors. I love Irish music, but Irish books are something that I know nothing about.
I'm not a huge YA fan, but I'm curious to see what's out there. I have one rule though: no one, under any circumstances, will suggest Twilight. Ever.
I've talked a few times about my dislike of historical fiction, mostly because I find that a lot of books set in the past are just crappy romances. Anyone who knows of any really good historical fiction novels that aren't all "Oh, I love Sir So-and-So" or "And then the handsome cowboy took me in his arms" is welcome to suggest any of their favorite books in this genre.
I'm a little ashamed to say that even though I live less than an hour away from my neighbor to the north, I've never read much by Canadian authors. Anyone have any suggestions?
I don't mean manga (gods know I have enough manga-obsessed friends who could give me recommendations until my ears fall off) but actual graphic novels. I'm looking at getting into the genre but could use some guidance.
I follow a couple of blogs that read novels of this variety but (and don't tell them this) some of them have layouts that are so hard to read. I'm also not necessarily looking for hard-to-find books that hardcore steampunk fans know about; rather, I'm looking for books that are steampunk-ish that don't take a private detective to track down.
I'm a big sci-fi fan but I haven't given much time to fantasy novels. I'd prefer fantasy that isn't YA and I'm looking more for books that don't belong to a series that has a billion books in it. Urban fantasy is totally welcome.
I don't know why it's so hard for me to find books with LGBT themes but for some reason I can never find anything no matter how many websites I wade through. It doesn't matter if the books are more geared towards teens or adults, I'm just looking for good fiction in general. Erotica need not apply as it annoys me just as much as romance tends to.
Any and all help would be appreciated. If you have a great recommendation that goes contrary to the (hopefully) minimal restrictions that I've put in place, I'll give it a try if you can make a good case for it. The no-Twilight rule is non-negotiable though.