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Looking for Recommendations: Quick Reads

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The last few months have been quite stressful for me, and consequently I have very little focus. Though it’s slowly getting better, I still have a hard time actually sitting down with a book, and an even harder time finishing anything. I’m usually quite a fan of long and/or complicated books, but at the moment these aren’t working for me. Therefore I’m turning to you, lovely readers, to recommend me some quick reads!

I’m looking for:
  • Anything that’s easy to read. A good read would be something that isn’t too long (think 300 pages max), is fast-paced and gripping.
  • My preferred genre is fantasy, including sub-genres such as urban fantasy, steampunk, paranormal romance, etcetera. However, I’m also up for quick and light romance/contemporary stories
  • Nothing too bleak or depressing. I’m trying to escape my problems, not add to them 😀
  • Both adult and YA are fine. No middle grade unless it’s REALLY good
Some quick reads I’ve enjoyed in the past:

quick reads

Feel free to check out my shelves on Goodreads to see what I’ve read so far. Don’t be afraid to recommend a book that is already on my to be read list, often I forget which books are on there.

What quick reads would you recommend?

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  • Kelsey

    A Little Something Different and Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall are cute romances that read fast and put a smile on your face. 🙂

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      That sound lovely, thanks for the recs Kelsey 🙂

  • http://unconventionalbookviews.com/ Lexxie

    Oh, if you enjoy fantasy and paranormal romance, you should try Angel’s Dance (Guild Hunter #0.4) by Nalini Singh, or Charming (Seven #6.5) by Dannika Dark. Both are quite short, and very well done!

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      Ooo, sounds interesting! The one book I read by Singh I quite enjoyed, so I’ll check out the short as well. Thanks Lexxie!

  • http://itsallaboutbooks.de/ xcrini

    Do you know about the novellas tor.com publishes? Not sure if they aren’t too short for what you have in mind, but the ones I’ve read so far were great (The Devil You Know, A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers, The Drowning Eyes)

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      I’ve seen that, but I never tried any to be honest. Short is fine actually, and I’m glad to hear they’re good! Thanks 😀

  • Maraia

    *rolls up sleeves*

    – If you’ve never read Tamora Pierce’s Tortall series (Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, and Protector of the Small), they’re wonderful. They start off a bit young, but I still enjoy re-reading them every year, even as an adult.
    – Ruby Red (+2 sequels) by Kerstin Gier—this series is very fluffy, but I adored the audio
    – Curse Workers trilogy
    – I Am Not A Serial Killer—I’ve only read the first one, but it’s a super quick read
    – The Lynburn Legacy—crack fantasy! Perfect for binging
    – The Seven Realms and the Graceling Realms series are both longer than what you’re looking for, but I still have to put them on the list, because they’re great fantasies

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      And the price for best recs go to….. Maraia!

      Boy. I’ve never read anything by Tamora Pierce, though I heard a lot about them. It’s good to hear that they’re still good as an adult – some MG stories lose their sparkle in adulthood. Holly Black and Well’s Serial Killer series have both been on my TBR for ages, but looks like I should bump them 😀 I haven’t heard of the Lynburn Legacy before, I’ll check it out.

      Whew, awesome list in any case, thanks!

      • Maraia

        Yay, I hope you like them! I love giving recommendations. 😀

        I wouldn’t really call Tamora Pierce MG. I did say they start off young, but there’s also quite a bit of sex in them. xD

  • http://www.spajonas.com/ S. J. Pajonas

    I have short stories that lots of people seem to love. RICE COOKER REVENGE is even free! As for not-my-books, how about some Margaret Atwood? 🙂

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      Free sounds good, I’ll have to check it out. Oh, Atwood is a good one, I’ve never read her yet! Thanks 🙂

  • http://www.lunar-rainbows.com/ Micheline

    Oh! I agree that the Tamora Pierce books would work – they’re short, classic fantasy reads that are worth reading at least once in a lifetime! I think we’ve already discussed the Charley Davidson series and that you’ve read them but if not…those would be awesome 😀 The Old Kingdom trilogy is fairly short too but not super short…and you may have read them already LOL! Good luck with your recs 🙂 Glad to hear things have gotten better for you too Celine ♥

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      Tamora Pierce is definitely going to the top of my list then! They keep getting recommended 🙂 I haven’t read the Charley Davidson books yet, but I do own the first one if I recall correctly. Good suggestion though, I’m always up for some good urban fantasy.

      Thanks for the suggestions! <3