I have a hard time identifying my taste, per se, since I like a lot of different things. I will say this: I prefer gritty over pollyanna naivete, but I don't like dismal or hopeless (so, most post-apocalyptica is a no-go for me). I like books that know how to tell a good joke in the midst of terror. I can't stand
anything written in second person.
Series/books that I love (fantasy genre):
1. The Gentlemen Bastards series by Scott Lynch
2. The Name of the Wind series by Rothfuss (and yes, I think at this point the guy's early success with his first two books is getting into his head).
3. The Band series by Nicholas Eames (The Kings of the Wyld
is his first, and boy-howdy is it a GOOD time)
4. The Traitor Baru Cormorant
by Seth Dickinson. Arguably the best fantasy novel of the 21st century, by my assessment.
5. The Chalion Series by Bujold--a hearty second there.
6. The Wizard of Earthsea
and its sequels, by Ursula K. LeGuin
7. The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie (the anti-LoTR)
8. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (even though I never wound up finishing them all, those were formative reads for me. Loved them).
Series/books I love (sci-fi genre):
by William Gibson
2. Snow Crash
by Neal Stephenson
3. Anything and everything by Philip K. Dick
4. The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
5. Ancillary Justice
by Ann Leckie
6. The Sparrow
by Mary Doria Russel
7. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
by Robert Heinlein
8. The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe (not sure whether this goes in scifi or fantasy, but here it is)
Series/Books I love (mainstream):
1. The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck (everybody hates this book because they read it in high school, which is about ten years too early. Read it as an adult and have your mind blown)
2. The Sun Also Rises
by Ernest Hemingway
3. Slaughterhouse Five
by Kurt Vonnegut (it's *kinda* scifi, but also not really)
4. In an Antique Land
by Amitav Ghosh
by John Gardner (Beowulf
from the POV of the monster)
6. Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston
7. The Things They Carried
by Tim O'Brien
8. Pretty much anything by David Sedaris
There, that ought to do...