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Question #91743 posted on 10/26/2018 10:39 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Looking for book recommendations. What's your top 5 recommendations?

-Should be studying but a good book is better than my textbooks

A:

Dear Reader, 

Haha... see Board Question #91707 (which we were in the process of answering when you submitted this, so you didn't know you were asking the same question).

Cheers, 

Guesthouse

A:

Dear Aziraphale,

I will happily answer more book questions

Prince of Foxes by Samuel Shellabarger (I don't know how I didn't include this on my other list--it is one my favorite books of all time; really anything by him is great, but I think this is the best one).

Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett (really, please read everything ever by Terry Pratchett because his writing is the best, but this book in particular is one of my favorites).

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (one of the most darkly whimsical books I've ever read).

The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey (Alta recommended this one to me; despite being about 500 pages, I read it practically in one sitting, frantically texting Alta things like, "Oh my gosh, I can't believe this is happening, I just got to this part, and aaaaahhhhh!").

The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg (everyone should fall in love with the whimsicality of this book).

I love these questions about giving out recommendations, but at the same time they're really hard for me, because I am so love with so many books, that it kind of hurts not to simply list ALL the books. Anyways, I hope you enjoy these suggestions, even if you don't actually get the chance to read all of them.

~Anathema

A:

Dear Same,

I talked about some of the most meaningful books I've read in the question that Guesthouse linked to, but I'm always happy to recommend more!

  1. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. I mean, Trevor Noah is hilarious, but unlike most comedians who write their autobiography, his actually deals with really important things (like growing up in South Africa under Apartheid) in addition to being laugh-out-loud funny.
  2. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. I'm a sucker for a good WWII book, and this one did not disappoint! It talks about a New York socialite who got dragged into doing charity during the war, a member of the Polish resistance who got sent to a concentration camp, and one of the German doctors who did medical experiments on concentration camp inmates, and how their lives all became intertwined. It's based on a true story, but it's not weird historical fiction, it's actually really informative and engaging and interesting.
  3. The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton. It's the autobiography of an innocent man who was wrongfully sent to Death Row for 30 years, and it's sad and thought-provoking and inspiring and redemptive.
  4. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I don't just read books about sad historical events, as much as my first three recommendations about Apartheid, WWII, and miscarriages of justice in the US make it sound like I do, and I love Mistborn! Personally it's my favorite of all of Sanderson's books--the characters are realistic and interesting, the world-building in it is phenomenal, and the plot is paced perfectly.
  5. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I was having trouble trying to think of another book good enough to recommend in my top 5 list here, and honestly this one probably wouldn't have made the cut if I hadn't just finished reading it right before writing this answer, but I needed something else to round out my list and it's fresh in my mind, so here I am recommending it. It's just a really enjoyable read, and I think most people who read it will find it charming and fun.

-Alta