I really enjoy The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. You might like it!
A Victorian-era mystery/romance?
Here’s the summary: As the daughter of a poor merchant in Victorian Era London, Charlotte Porter has had few chances to realize her own inquisitive potential, and even fewer chances to employ it. That all changes when ruffians enter her family bookshop, intent on collecting her father's gambling debts at all costs, even if it means threatening Charlotte's life and burning their livelihood to the ground. Hopeless and desperate for intervention, Charlotte meets Alexander Langley, a curious gentleman with a strange connection to Scotland Yard and an even stranger connection to the American West.
Charlotte soon finds herself swept into Alexander's world of investigation and political intrigue set against the backdrop of the London elite. As she learns that those even at the top are not without their own faults, she struggles to remember her place. When a case of art theft turns into murder and the seedy underbelly of the upper class begins to reveal itself, she finds her two lives merging in ways she never could have imagined. Now her father's powerful creditors are ready to close the books on them, and Charlotte must find a way to keep them out of the red, because this time it won't be written in ink.
<em>The Killer Inside Me</em> by Jim Thompson is a good one. A hard-boiled noir that is heavy on the killing, with a classic study of 'narrator as the villain'. I found it a breezy read and was pleasantly surprised by how prescient some of Jim Thompson's observations of your not-so-run-of-the-mill psychopath are.
If you’re objectively lost in life: Alan Watts ‘Become What You Are’.
But if you think you might need therapy (and aren’t willing to pay for it) the classic Bessel van der Kolk’s The Body Keeps the Score
Alan Watt’s helped me find what I value/want separate from societal pressure. ((Some people get very upset because he is a “faux Buddhist” as an Asian American I find his western pov helpful))
And to be honest, if you’ve ever experienced trauma, the body keeps score is a must. It rationalizes the irrational behavior you or a loved one expresses.
Just finished this one, would def say it fits what you’re looking for despite how broad the themes might seem at first. It was unexpected for me but like damn it was good haha
Saddest book I've ever read.
Human rays of sunshine
Considering that bodies bodies bodies is a horror movie and a comedy I recommend that you read City Of Woke which has a deliberately comic turned to some of its horror stories
For true crime, we recommend The Castleton Massacre! A great thriller for stalking would be Tell Me My Name by Erin Ruddy.
At times, a turbulent #read (sorry, bad pun, I know) and a bit more #tragic than I anticipated, a wonderful #book no less and one you MUST pickup (and not putdown) ✈️✈️
#inspiredtobeawriter #writemore #readmore #goyourownway #flymore #travel #wanderlust
For what it’s worth, I was blown away when I read Edward Rutherfurd’s book New York. He has one called London that I am excited to read. Amazing history woven into the plot. https://www.amazon.com/London-Novel-Edward-Rutherfurd/dp/0449002632
This will keep him entertained for a while
There’s a relationship like that in book 3 and book 5 will be all about that relationship
The same gender relationship forms in the 2nd book and they are in all books after that
I would look for parallel texts — books that are published with one side of the page in English and the other in French. I found them really helpful for learning! These might be good for your level.
A friend of a friend wrote a book and self published it, even produced an audio book it’s actually really fun. It’s sort of pulpy, gritty and funny
Three Graves https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097FGWV64/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_G2YXXZ0NP65WTCPN2PVC
It's not completely fantasy... but what about fantasy/sci-fi?
Gideon The Ninth
I would like to recommend <strong>Mysteries At Treasure River</strong>. A SciFi Mystery Novel written from the 1st person perspective to preserve their memories of the incidents that took place last few days of the writers life.
a bit of horror long the story line
I would like to recommend Mysteries At Treasure River. A SciFi Mystery Novel written from the 1st person perspective to preserve their memories of the incidents that took place last few days of the writers life.
bit of triller and horror is there along the storyline.
If you're interested in indie writers, I would recommend "The Legend of Ghaleon" Series. It is a 2 book series with all titles released. I think it fits your desire well. Available on Amazon here in paperback or ebook:
I just wrote a comedy book about online dating for the older human exclamation that’s good for a giggle! Total positive vibes and definitely mysterious with regard to how human beings behave.😉 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734206314/
Currently free on Amazon, great short read by retired ATF Special Agent Ignacio J. Esteban, titled "The Evil Empire, Communist China"
I really enjoyed the book Killing Patton by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. Here's a link to a short description on my blog if you are interested:
I just finished a book called Breaking: the Beginning. It was pretty good. it had werewolves, and some sort of mist that eats people. Kind of a survival appocalyptic thing.
Do you like politics and/or economics? Nanonomics is an engaging read about the world around us and how it works.
Ah. I know of a couple... I have not read these, but they have been recommended to me by a few people I trust when it comes to Sci-fi/fantasy.
>The Locked Tomb Trilogy
“Lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space!” —Charles Stross
>The Masquerade Series
A geopolitical fantasy where a woman climbs her way to the top in order to rule an Empire that destroyed her home and culture.
You can't go wrong with James A. Michener. His renowned writing style brings people and lands of the world to life. I've loved each one I've read, but be warned, his novels are long with most over 1000 pages long. However, it's necessary in order to cover the topic from its very beginning to the present. You'll get an entertaining history education!
Jewish history from the beginning to the present: The Source
From 1310: The Caribbean
He covers many histories of the world, try Tales of the South Pacific, Chesapeake, Hawaii, Poland, Alaska, and more*.*
I read this for class and it was my favorite out of the required lot:
“A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.” (Amazon Product Description)
Ticks off the horror, isolation, and survival themes and while not necessarily weird (in a funny way) it’s definitely weird in a (cringing and disturbing way).
I’ll start out by saying I have read neither of these books myself, but they’re firmly set on my TBR list, so I can’t 100% guarantee that they’re what you want, but they’re what jumped immediately to my mind when I read the book description of The Book of My Lives:
• Explores the “spectacle of the ordinary”
• Features various expert’s perspectives on walks through the author’s neighborhood in Manhattan
• “What they see, how they see it, and why most of us do not see the same things”
• Human attention and the cognitive aspects of being an “expert observer”
• Discusses terrorism and it’s physical and physiological effects
• “Karan Mahajan writes brilliantly about the effects of terrorism on victims and perpetrators, proving himself to be one of the most provocative and dynamic novelists of his generation.” (Amazon Product Description)
the write spot: writing as a path to healing
The is one of a series of collections of short stories. The book also has a lot of resources for me writers.
A collection of very short diverse modern stories.
The stories revolve around the modern lifestyle of millenials curated for your rushed and busy life. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097RQM251
A collection of very short diverse modern stories.
The stories revolve around the modern lifestyle of millenials curated for your rushed and busy life.
Small Dialogues, Big Talks - it is a collection of very short modern varied stories.https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097RQM251
Few stories touch these subjects.
I'm not really sure if this will work for you. Who knows, though. There is a political thriller based on both real and fictional events. It also tells about the assassinations, for example, Kennedy's. But it was not Oswald who killed him, it was a woman sniper. It also tells us about 9/11 and the like. You can get acquainted with it here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B094NMRWPJ. And there are also some reviews.
P.S. The book is not about maniacs or something like that, and the author is little known.
Interested in a Victorian era mystery series?
As the daughter of a poor merchant in Victorian Era London, Charlotte Porter has had few chances to realize her own inquisitive potential, and even fewer chances to employ it. That all changes when ruffians enter her family bookshop, intent on collecting her father's gambling debts at all costs, even if it means threatening Charlotte's life and burning their livelihood to the ground. Hopeless and desperate for intervention, Charlotte meets Alexander Langley, a curious gentleman with a strange connection to Scotland Yard and an even stranger connection to the American West.
If anyone wanted the book: I have the link right here. Someone else I recommended it to said it was hard to find.
Fake Prince (or is he?) Queer fantasy romance story. This is also the first in a trilogy, with the second featuring a poly relationship, and the third featuring an asexual relationship.
Queer vampire/werewolf slow burn nobility period romance. Also hints of poly
What you explained almost reminded me of “The Leaves of Gold.” Its a book filled with inspiring quotes and prayers of wisdom. Even if this isn’t the book you had, it might definitely be one to look into. Leaves of Gold
I highly recommend a book called An Ancient Sin by F. C. Estaugh. It's an historical crime fiction book set in the south east of England in the thirteenth century.
Really good plot with exciting twists and turns and some brilliant characters. Here is the link to it on Amazon.
Officer Brent's World Famous Chicken Shack
Free PDF Version - Google Drive
Paperback Edition Available on Amazon
A post apocalyptic YA trilogy by Heather Carson
The Nocere: Book One of A Haunting Dystopian Tale (series is complete) by Heather Carson
Short stories and an easy read yet really thought provoking: For when light meets dark
Please check out Through Space and Time: To the Grave by Zakary Darnell on Amazon. It matches what you’re looking for, and it’s a good read. I highly recommend it.
Through Space and Time: To the Grave https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G4HNDP1/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_0ezcDbG5337C8
Please check out Through Space and Time: To the Grave by Zakary Darnell on Amazon. It seems to match what you’re looking for, and it’s a good read. I highly recommend it.
There are prose retellings of the poem. They remove the rhyme and rhythm and just focus on telling the story through verse. David Bruce's prose retelling of the story is one of them.
I would recommend, however, to check out John Ciardi's translation of the poem. Every canto (Think of it as a chapter) begins with a prose explanation of what's to happen in the poem. And at the end of every canto, there is an in-depth explanation behind the meaning of the text.
If you're looking for something dark, a lot of my poetry touches on this since my published stuff is around the time of my Bipolar crash and the time surrounding in. I write based on my state of mind. Very metaphorical and vulnerable. Emotion and thought based.
Here's one I wrote halfway into my way in inpatient and a few days after my departure.
Not sure if there's any book that a story exactly matches with Moana (story that takes place in ancient Polynesia). But if you're interested in all kind of books that inspired by Polynesian mythology, here is what I got recommended by my Sāmoan friend.
Open Heart, Clear Mind by Thubten Chodron, great book and easy to read, I have to say the best beginner book on Buddhism I have ever read. She has her email at the end and she will actually write back to you.
Open Heart, Clear Mind: An Introduction to the Buddha's Teachings https://www.amazon.com/dp/0937938874/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_WIw7CbRQ6T3N0
If you are looking for something more studious you can get the Buddha's discourses, they are a bit dry at times but they are the closest thing to the Buddha's own words you will be able to find.
The Long Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Digha Nikaya (The Teachings of the Buddha) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0861711033/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_jIw7Cb6WRBSMW
Will Durant - The Story of Philosophy. Maybe the first book on philosophy I read. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it wholeheartedly.