I need some new books to read.
Here's what I tend to prefer:
*Female Protagonist (or at least a female character who is quite a big part of the novel)
*Set in a time other than now (Past, hypothetical future, some other land... whatever, just not NOW).
*No ridiculous supernatural crap
*No cheesy lame romance (there can be romance, but not like your standard cutesy-covered chick-lit rubbish)
*I do quite like a bit of mildly dystopian stuff, but it's not essential
*Well-written and easy enough to get into
*Not really into humour (though occasional humour in an otherwise serious novel is fine)
Here's some that I've read and enjoyed...
Philippa Gregory's tudor court novels, and her cousin's war novels (though the most recent ones are a struggle to get through - too much war for me)
A Thousand Splendid Suns
The Red Tent
Year of Wonders
Hunger Games Trilogy
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Oryx and Crake... and The Year of the Flood (these are probably my favourites, along with The Other Boleyn Girl)
Mistress of Rome
The Book Theif
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B (and the second in the series too)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Handmaid's Tale
Currently on my bedside table is...
some Karl Pilkington book for when I want to giggle
I've tried the Cross-stitch series but am uninterested and same with the Clan of the Cavebear books... so not interested in those.
Also tried my hand at Jodi Piccoult and would rather sew my own eyelids shut.
But any recommendations would be greatly appreciated... at least I can google and see if they may be of interest to me!