Request for Book Recommendations

So I’m kind of in a bit of a book slump lately. Despite enjoying my last few reads (An Abundance of Katherines and Illuminate), there have been many more in between that I’ve abandoned because I just couldn’t get into them.

I never used to abandon books in the middle of reading them, but lately, nothing seems to hold my attention. I’m guessing it might be me, and not the books…

After abandoning so many books, my Goodreads challenge isn’t looking so great; the website is quite prompt in reminding me that I’m 4 books behind. Ugh! -_-

Even though I have a whole bunch of books on my ‘to-read’ shelf at Goodreads, I’m kind of tired of reading the same teen books. That’s not to say that I won’t read teen anymore, but I want to branch out of the typical teen (and adult) books I read.

So what do I like reading? In teen, I like contemporary (think Sarah Dessen and John Green), semi-fantasy (not high fantasy, think Seraphina by Rachel Hartman or Falling Kingdoms by Moran Rhodes), historical (Clockwork Angel series by Cassandra Clare or A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray),  fairy tale retellings (think Cinder by Marissa Meyer or Kill me Softly by Sarah Cross), and psychological thrillers (think The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin).

So if you have any ideas for books you think I might enjoy based on what I mentioned above or just what I’ve reviewed here on the site, please let me know in the comments. I’m DYING for a great read! 🙂



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  1. Ruhina says:

    You should definetely read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See–it’s a great adult historical fiction novel that’s short but very moving.

    And I also recommend the If I Should Speak trilogy by Umm Zakiyyah, her writing is fanominal and the books are Islam oriented but still in the same style as many typical YA books.

  2. Sanaa says:

    Try Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid? Unless you’ve already read it, or are restricting yourself to teen fiction. I found it useful for getting culturally connected during fieldwork prep…which is no longer happening. But anyways, it’s a great read.

  3. Lynn K. says:

    Have you read Clockwork Princess? I saw book 1 and 2 on your review list but not that.
    Also, I recommend Melina Marchetta books! She writes great contemporaries (Jellicoe Road, Saving Francesca) and fantasy (Lumatere Chronicles)

    • Ikhlas says:

      I haven’t gotten my hands on Clockwork Princess yet! It’s on hold at the library *_*
      And ooh I’ve heard of Melina Marchetta’s fantasy novels, but not her contemporary stuff…definitely checking her out!

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