I'm in the mood to read and I have a Kindle giftcard worth 50$. I deeply regret that I had read maybe all of two books in 2014. That is atrocious to me and MUST be remedied! The horror! Seriously. I grew up on reading. Not reading is a cardinal sin to me and I am GUILTY! So, time to remedy that.
Anyone got any good recommendations? I am particularly interested in fantasy, possibly some sci-fi, and horror.
Just to give you some ballpark clues about my interests and preferences..... (TL;DR ahead, skip to bottom for punchline. Also there may be mild spoilers. I've listed titles first so if you see a title you haven't read, skip that paragraph).
I LOVED the Harry Potter series. Yeah, it had its flaws but I can forgive them because it was very well written, I loved the characters, and I found the story compelling. It also occasionally had a damn good sense of humor.
I LOVED the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit. Well written, fascinating stories, interesting characters, lore so deep and so rich it's unfathomable how a human being could have come up with it. Absolutely loved this series.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo...... Very well written but I found it hard to connect to the characters for some reason, especially the main girl. I feel like I should have liked this series more than I did. Part of the problem might be that I strongly prefer fantasy and horror, something with supernatural elements. Really though, I think the big issue is that I didn't really find myself caring for any of the characters. I openly wept like a little bitch for Harry at two points in the HP series. There was another point where I was actually jumping up and down like a five year old shouting YES! YES! I FELT that shit. The Girl with the Dragon tattoo..... I just couldn't connect to her.
The Hunger Games..... I liked the series quite a lot. The third book lost me a little bit here and there but recovered by the end and I can honestly say this is a solid series that I enjoyed reading.
Game of Thrones......The first book was AMAZING. I was spellbound, absolutely captivated, enthralled, bewitched! I could not put it down. I swear, I must have read through the whole damn thing inside two weeks. There were many sleepless nights filled with Daenerys, Bran, Arya, Jon, and of course, my favorite character, Tyrion. The first book was phenomenal. The second book was pretty damn good too. I felt like it dragged a little at times but on the whole, I liked it quite a lot. The third book started losing me in what felt like seriously overlong descriptions of food, scenery, and background. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE descriptions- I like having a rich world painted out for me but the third book got a little carried away, or so I feel. I felt that the dialog also dragged on a bit at times but on the whole, I still liked the book despite feeling mildly disappointed with it. The fourth book pissed me off. I wanted to know what happened to my favorite characters but most of them got hardly more than a mention! I remember feeling like it was a filler book, a holdover until book five. I might still read book five at some point but I'm a little wary.
The Mortal Instruments... I loved the writing style and the sense of humor..... but I don't think I have ever wanted to murder a cast of characters so thoroughly in my life. The series was recommended to me by a friend and partway through the first book I remember thinking.... WTF am I reading? I can't say I didn't find aspects enjoyable because I did but at some points I felt like I was reading some sappy Mary-sue love-triangle bullshit and that really put me off which is a shame because the writer clearly has talent. I finished the first three and part of the fourth but I could not go any further. I wanted to like it but alas, no.
I LOVED Pet Semetery...... This is a book I read a llllooonnnggggg ass time ago but it still stands out in my mind even two decades later. It was the book that trained me how to run from lightswitch to lightswitch at night. Granted, it's not exactly fantasy but I certainly would not say no to a good horror novel. <3 classic King. I liked Duma Key more recently. Did not care for The Dome for some reason. Can't really say why.
Anne Rice. When I was thirteen or so, I loved Anne Rice. She probably taught me about half my current vocabulary. Her writing style was fantastic, her characters were interesting, her ability to paint a portrait with words, vastly superior to most authors I had encountered by the ripe old age of thirteen. However, I found that as I grew up, I outgrew her. Then I started noticing some really creepy trends involving pedophilia in her books and I flat out began to detest her. I can't say I definitely wouldn't read an Anne Rice book if it was recommended but I'm wary of her now. Besides, 13.... 31, huge age difference there. I honestly don't know how I'd feel towards her now. Maybe I should try to pick up one of those old Anne Rices just to see. I don't anticipate a favorable outcome.
I've read a lot more than this but these are the BIG ones that come to mind.
TL;DR: So let's hear your recommendations! What is your favorite fantasy, horror, or sci-fi story? Why? What did you like about it? Do you have any good recommendations?