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Book Recommendations—Romantic Suspense/Thriller Edition

I’m looking for a romance genre book that is heavily weighted towards suspense/thriller. This is for a book talk video series I participate in at my library. I really enjoy a good domestic thriller, but hardly ever read books in the romance genre. Yes, I know there are lots of lists out there, but I’m looking for personal recommendations! Bonus points if it’s not by a super well known author, and I’d prefer a contemporary setting. All levels of steaminess are fine! Any ideas? Thanks in advance, fellow readers!
posted by bookmammal on Dec 29, 2020 - 8 answers

Seeking Book Recommendations

I'm looking for some book recommendations. I tend to enjoy fiction with rich character development and emotional depth (aka I end up reading a lot of sad books, though that's not a requirement). [more inside]
posted by wanderso on Dec 29, 2020 - 13 answers

Looking for a catalog of book spines

I'm looking for pictures of the spines of every book ever published, including every changed version of the art. It's a small ask I know, but if someone knows of a good place to start that would be very helpful. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Dec 28, 2020 - 12 answers

Best books about the Franklin expedition?

I just finished watching The Terror and now I'm curious to read more about the Franklin expedition. According to Google, there are three million books on the subject, so I was wondering which ones are the best for a general reader. Any recommendations?
  • readable prose is important
  • in-depth descriptions of each part of the ship, not as important

posted by betweenthebars on Dec 28, 2020 - 12 answers

The View from Tuesday

What are your favorite books like Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts, but in the sense of "Characters who are all whacky and interesting to hang out with." Like E.L. Konigsburg books but for adults. Tuesday Mooney has characters with funky interests and a lot of different ages, which is what I’m looking for. I think I’m mostly looking for realistic fiction, mystery fiction or I suppose romance fiction for adults but really I want characters who are funky and interesting.
posted by azalea_chant on Dec 27, 2020 - 14 answers

Looking for book recommendations on call centers

I'm looking for book recommendations on call centers. It's there a Kitchen Confidential out there? [more inside]
posted by socky_puppy on Dec 24, 2020 - 13 answers

Best non-Mars book/s by Kim Stanley Robinson?

I just finished the Mars series by KSR and loved it! I loved the technical science details but most of all I loved the rich interior lives of the characters. Which KSR book/s should I read next, and why? [more inside]
posted by DTMFA on Dec 22, 2020 - 19 answers

Recommend me some beautifully written books

I'd love recommendations for books in English that incorporate figurative writing and that are lovely to read. Looking for fiction in novel format (not short stories) that is not from a white, male, or western point of view, and no sci-fi or similar. [more inside]
posted by sizeable beetle on Dec 19, 2020 - 18 answers

Not Who Done Its

Help me find mysterious novels not mysteries. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Dec 17, 2020 - 37 answers

Recommendations for more... subtle dystopia and cyberpunk stories

I'm mostly looking for books, but I'll accept games as well. Details of what I'm trying to avoid under cut. [more inside]
posted by lesser weasel on Dec 16, 2020 - 25 answers

Good SQL Books for Mid-Career Developers

I'm leading a small team of very smart/competent software developers. We're taking on some work that will have us interacting with a complex SQL (MS SQL / Transact SQL) database. We are not historically database people. I'd like to find a book the team can work through together for professional development, so we all skill up a bit and build shared vocabulary/language/concepts for these tasks. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Dec 15, 2020 - 8 answers

YA girl soldier genre

Help me understand and avoid the YA genre that includes The Hunger Games (2008), Divergent (2011), and The Poppy War (2018). [more inside]
posted by aniola on Dec 13, 2020 - 23 answers
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Futuristic Technologically Advanced Fiction Book Recommendation

My 17-year old son, who doesn't/hasn't read for pleasure, expressed some interest in giving it a try. He said he's most interested in futuristic technologically advanced society type fiction. I'm going to the book store tomorrow and was thinking I'd like to try to get something for him. Any suggestions? I think it needs to really grab his attention from the beginning and it'd be best if it were an easy read. Whatcha got?
posted by Sassyfras on Dec 11, 2020 - 45 answers

Do authors get paid for each time an ebook is borrowed from the library?

Does checking out an ebook or digital audiobook from a public library in the US lead to the author getting any royalties (or benefit them in any other direct way)? Does this differ by platform (Hoopla, Overdrive, Axis360)? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Dec 9, 2020 - 7 answers

Resources to understand the economy without abstractions/money

I am interested in understanding the economy as it pertains to the wellbeing of people, rather than the value of some subset of publicly traded companies. Particularly, I'm interested in answering questions about what the material and labour requirements are to sustain a society that can provide adequate food, water, shelter, healthcare, transportation, etc for all of its members. [more inside]
posted by wesleyac on Dec 9, 2020 - 4 answers

Good things happening to nice people

BookFilter: Serious, literary fiction primarily consisting of happy things, likable characters, people doing their best and things working out for them. I have the perfect example in mind but I don't want to spoil that book for you -- suffice it to say, I know it can be done. Not really looking for YA or genre fiction (unless it's spectacular). Thanks for any suggestions!
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Dec 8, 2020 - 27 answers

Best books for tweens

I texted my niece and nephew today to ask what books they want for Christmas, and my 13-year-old nephew texted back “books are u serious” [more inside]
posted by elvissa on Dec 6, 2020 - 14 answers

Pleasure reading for historians

I'm looking for recommendations for books (as gifts) that are in the line of popular history that is nevertheless appealing to academic historians. [more inside]
posted by expialidocious on Dec 5, 2020 - 13 answers

Organize my recreation!

You love to consume media - podcasts, tv, movies, books, video games, all of it. You like to keep a running list of what you want to watch/read/listen to in a simple and easy way. Tell me how you do it! [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Dec 5, 2020 - 2 answers

Which podcasts would be interested in my book?

I've written a book on memory techniques for kids. I'd like to go on podcasts to talk about it. Do you have suggestions for podcasts that I could pitch myself to? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Dec 2, 2020 - 6 answers

Help identify this young adult space book...

It’s a recent science fiction book, protagonist is a teenage girl involved in a space program with rigorous testing. [more inside]
posted by sol on Dec 1, 2020 - 3 answers

Novels featuring classical music

For a Christmas gift, the recipient is interested in "A novel that emphasizes performing or studying classical music. It should have discussions of one or more classical pieces and describe the emotions of performing or listening to them." Potential examples: [more inside]
posted by What is E. T. short for? on Nov 30, 2020 - 29 answers

Enjoyable, recent-ish literary criticism

My mother, in her seventies, recently mentioned that she regrets not doing a degree in English - she has a degree in a different subject. She's considering doing some OU or other literature-related courses. I'd like to find a recent-ish (say last ten years) work of lit crit that she might enjoy to build on her interest in the area. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on Nov 29, 2020 - 10 answers

When I turn 50 I want to grow up to be....

Looking for great reads about people I can look up to as I grow older. Maybe someone cool or creative or courageous or kind. Maybe someone bigger than life. Maybe a wise sage, or a hopeless romantic. Looking for character studies of people, real or imaginary, who have a few qualities that are both inspirational and aspirational.
posted by jasondigitized on Nov 28, 2020 - 18 answers

Read aloud book suggestions for 4 and 5 year old boys?

Well. Our libraries have all closed now. We have been reading picture books but I think now its time we try to move to chapter books for me to read aloud. I would prefer enough pictures to keep the boys interested, like one per page, or one per every other page? We don't have an e-reader for kids. [more inside]
posted by catspajammies on Nov 27, 2020 - 15 answers

Textbook recommendations on specific language of healthy relationships?

Recently realized how growing up in a home whose only two relationships skills were "give in" and "walk out of the room" left a huge deficit of those "middle skills" that involve clearly, respectfully, *productively* asking/negotiating for what one needs; addressing hurtful behavior; productively digging into deeper motives/wants needs. The books I've read to date talk about these skills, but give zero examples of the actual LANGUAGE to use. It's like being given a blueprint without the actual tools needed. Looking for recommendations on books or textbooks that specifically addresses how to say things. Social work/psychology textbooks are fine.
posted by Silvery Fish on Nov 22, 2020 - 9 answers

Organizing Information

I want to learn how to organize information better. What book(s) do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Nov 20, 2020 - 7 answers

Ornately illustrated children’s books

I am looking for a collection of stories or a chapter book with ornate, gorgeous illustrations for every page. When I was a child I read fairy tales that seemed to be illustrated with beautifully detailed paintings that brought to mind golden thread woven into each page. I’d like to get something like that for my kid this year. [more inside]
6x9x com 6x9x com ,插屁眼 插屁眼 posted by CMcG on Nov 19, 2020 - 31 answers

Help me feel astute about pop culture.

What are examples of works that combine critical analysis of usually "academic" fare with elements of pop culture don't traditionally get that type of treatment? Looking especially for works that are are upbeat, sincere, and accessible in tone. Examples below. [more inside]
posted by galleta monster on Nov 17, 2020 - 12 answers

Metafilter and the Mysterious Mystery of the SF Mystery Novel

A friend is looking for a book that she heard about and now wants to read, but she can’t remember what it was. She describes it as an upcoming (or maybe recent) science fiction locked room mystery novel that opens with a woman alone on probably a spaceship, with a dead body and some bossy but unhelpful robots and no memories. (If not locked room, at least mystery structure.) [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Nov 16, 2020 - 9 answers

Are color images in nice books considered archival? How are they printed

I'm an artist and aware that for digital art prints, giclee printing is recommended as being most archival. This involves an inkjet printer and pigment inks rather than dyes. I'm wondering how this relates to the printing process for nice books. Do they use dyes or pigments, or is there some completely different process I don't understand? If not giclee, how archival is color generally considered? [more inside]
posted by lgyre on Nov 16, 2020 - 5 answers

Books focused on characters and world building?

I'm looking for a book or series that focuses on believable, relatable, well-developed characters in a believable, relatable, well-developed world, being fallibly human while having adventures. The Expanse and Aubrey/Maturin series as main points of reference. [more inside]
posted by rustybullrake on Nov 15, 2020 - 26 answers

One Man's Feat: How to Build a Complete E.B. White Collection

Reading E.B. White's children's book to my kids inspired me to seek out his other work, and I've loved everything I've read so far: One Man's Meat, Here is New York, and Points of My Compass. I want to continue adding his books to my bookshelves, but there are so many collections... [more inside]
posted by Text TK on Nov 15, 2020 - 4 answers

teach me how to read again!

i used to devour books, to the exclusion of everything else. (hx: i am bipolar with adhd) lately i can't even sit still to read even a few pages and there is SO much i want to read! how do i re-train my brain to do this?
posted by megan_magnolia on Nov 10, 2020 - 22 answers

Novels set after Christmas/New Year's

I just read An Unnecessary Woman, which starts right after New Year's. It made me realize how much I love books set either after New Year's or in the "dead week" between Christmas and New Year's. The feeling of anticipation and quietness after holiday bustle. Can you recommend other novels with that setting and atmosphere?
posted by estlin on Nov 8, 2020 - 4 answers

What are some exciting non-fictional books on Science for beginners?

I am keen on learning more about Science since my background is mostly social sciences and humanities. What are some interesting enriching science-oriented non-fictional a beginner would enjoy reading? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Nov 7, 2020 - 20 answers

folk horror recs

hey all, looking for horror recommendations with these criteria: 1. Horror 2. Largeish group of humans isolated from others 3. This group of humans is culty or there is an actual monster about - bonus if both? Some examples of this: The Village (2004) (pre-twist), The Wicker Man, Alma Katsu's The Hunger, Midsommar, The Other Lamb. This has a lot of overlap with folk horror, but I seem to have exhausted all of the folk horror rec lists I can find around the web. Thanks!
posted by snerson on Nov 7, 2020 - 17 answers

Is there any research on the diff between physical and audio books?

Pretty simple question...I'm curious if there is anything known about the difference in "impact" of reading the same book in different ways. Given research is thin, also open to just hearing about your experiences [more inside]
posted by wooh on Nov 7, 2020 - 15 answers

They write books about WHAT???

So Stacey Abrams also writes romance novels (under the name of Selena Montgomery)! Who knew?!? This has me wondering—who are some other famous people who have written books in areas outside of their well known areas of expertise?
posted by bookmammal on Nov 6, 2020 - 31 answers

Page turner about the modern logistics industry

Does such a book exist? If so, I want to read it. Ideally with significant content about logistics on the domestic level. How does the crap get from the shipping container to the warehouse to my house?
posted by latkes on Nov 2, 2020 - 12 answers

Caldecott/Newberry Books?

Where can I find a complete list of Caldecott and Newberry books with info as to their AGE appropriateness?
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"Daddy, you be Pompey. I'll be Caesar's fourth line!"

Kid-friendly history books? Even if they're not written for kids, as long as they've got big pictures and maps and not too many graphic pictures of casualties, they'll work. [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Oct 28, 2020 - 12 answers

Book filter: picking a good "edition" of a book.

There are two books i want to buy, and i am being particular about the quality of each, but for different reasons. How do you decide which edition of a book meets your criteria, especially when shopping online? [more inside]
posted by OHenryPacey on Oct 27, 2020 - 8 answers

Novels about children meeting their grandparents as young people

I enjoyed the books Back to Blackbrick by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald and When Marnie Was There by Joan G Robinson. They are both stories about children who meet a younger version of a grandparent, in some form. What other books are like this? [more inside]
posted by smcg on Oct 25, 2020 - 12 answers

Can you recommend a history book from this list?

Has anyone read anything in the New Approaches to America Series, or failing that are you familiar with an author? [more inside]
posted by mark k on Oct 24, 2020 - 0 answers

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My non-profit runs a reading program where kids ages 6-10 meet with adult volunteer "reading buddies" once a month to chat, do arts & crafts, and read books. In Before times, we gathered in person and had a cart of children's books that kids could pick from to read with their buddies. In Pandemic times I'm looking for an online platform that would allow the kids and adults to have access to a collection of eBooks while meeting remotely over a platform like Zoom, the idea being that we can screenshare over Zoom so that the kids and adults can all see the book. [more inside]
posted by sleepingwithcats on Oct 23, 2020 - 6 answers

Japanese novel quote?

I remember reading a contemporary Japanese novel, in the same vein as Oe or Murikami, about a single man living in an apartment complex (?) and he kinda had a fling with a lady. At one point he bonds with a gay man (?) trans woman (?) and muses to himself: “someone so sensitive to the warp in themselves must surely be so sympathetic so my own weirdness” Or something like that. I definitely remember “warp” being part of the line. What’s the quote, and what’s the book?
posted by Grandysaur on Oct 20, 2020 - 2 answers

Boarding school books from teachers' perspective?

There are uncountable "boarding school" books - both of the magical and nonmagical variety. Are there any written from the teachers'6x9x com 6x9x com ,插屁眼 插屁眼 perspective?
posted by dmd on Oct 19, 2020 - 22 answers

Request: Memoir About Moving to a New City

I'm hoping to find some great memoirs or essay collections to read, and I am looking for something rather specific -- a person (ideally a "regular" person -- not a celebrity or well-known writer/artist) moves to a new, unfamiliar city, and writes about their experiences and observations living in that city. Ideally, the tone would be primarily lighthearted/humorous, but with poignant, bittersweet moments, and emotional depth. Thank you for any recommendations!
posted by Ser Dirtnap on Oct 19, 2020 - 14 answers

Books about the Black Panthers

After learning about the history of the free breakfast program, and looking forward to Judas the Black Messiah, I'd like to learn more about the history of the Black Panthers. Searching for good books about this is somewhat complicated by items and information about Black Panther the Marvel character - which is great, but not what I am looking for. What are great books about the history of the Black Panther movement in the US? [more inside]
posted by jeoc on Oct 18, 2020 - 7 answers

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