So I'm looking for some books to reads this summer while I'm traveling, but honestly,
I am super picky and I haven't been able to find anything decent lately.
Either the protagonist annoys me or there is too much romance.
I loved the Percy Jackson series, the Abhorsen series and of course Harry Potter,
but I hated Hunger Games and Maximum Ride with a passion.
Does anyone have any good suggestions?
Disappointed that he took the YA route with The Blue Girl but I still have Dreams Underfoot and The Ivory & The Horn to start. I don't find his books often in the used book store. >:/
Yeah, though I can kind of see why he did -- the majority of his audience must fall into the category anyway, I figure (though even as a kid I pretty much hated the genre, myself). I love the short story collections, though -- I've got those two and Tapping the Dream Tree. I'd even go so far as to say that to get the whole picture of what's going on, you need to get the little extras in the short stories, alongside what's in the novels.
Oh! How did I forget mentioning these before?? Marion Zimmer Bradley -- now, she wrote a lot, over a very long career. And personally, I don't usually much care for the "alternate universe" kind of setting, which describes most of her novels. I lean more toward... I guess you'd call it "plausible fantasy." Anyway, she's got two series of that sort: the Avalon series and the Light series. Mists of Avalon is pretty much her most well-known novel (and if you can imagine a version of the Arthurian legends told in such a way as to seem plausible, you must have already read this one). The Light series is set in more modern times, though. It's... distantly related to the Avalon series, but not dependent on it. And then there's The Firebrand, which is more or less the same formula as Mists (instead of the Arthurian legends from Morgan's point of view, it's the Trojan war -- The Illiad, the Odyssey, and The Aeneid -- from Cassandra's point of view). All are definitely well worth the read.
Summer reading seems to be the best time for apocalypse stuff and sci-fi. Roger Zelazny's books from the Nine Princes in Amber are great. My favorite book in that series is probably the second, which is Guns of Avalon. Gene Wolf is great, Shadow of the Torturer wonderful. I think this summer I might punish myself with Frank Herbert's Dune books, or some of the War Hammer books (there are so many).xp