If you’re looking for something new to read but simply can’t find your next read, we will be recommending some amazing reading tailored specifically to suit various hobbies. Whether you're an avid gamer or a lover of fantasy realms - we've got you covered! 

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Books for Gamers

Nowadays, more and more people are playing games online that were previously only found in brick-and-mortar locales, like roulette. Especially with how modern games have bridged the gap by featuring live hosts. So if you typically enjoy playing a variety of roulette games, be it on your phone or laptop, then The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky is for you. This dark and introspective novel features Alexei Ivanovich, an impoverished Russian tutor with a deep love for roulette.

For fans of strategy games, a great reading gem is The Art of War by Sun Tzu. This Chinese military work may have been written centuries ago, but its principles remain remarkably relevant even in today's digital age. So if you're looking for insightful strategies and timeless wisdom on leadership and warfare tactics, this book will indubitably offer essential insights that can be applicable to any strategy game like Civilization VI.

We couldn’t stop ourselves from mentioning The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski. If you've spent countless hours slaying monsters in the popular video game franchise, then you'll definitely want to dive into these books. Get ready to follow Geralt of Rivia as he hunts down supernatural creatures and navigates this dark fantasy world.

If puzzle-solving is more your style, check out Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Blending elements of mystery and technology, this book takes readers on a quest for hidden knowledge within the walls of an enigmatic bookstore. It’s like solving riddles while flipping through pages.

Books for Fantasy Lovers

For an absolute classic fantasy recommendation, the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien is a must. This timeless trilogy chronicles a legendary journey through Middle-earth as Frodo Baggins goes on a dangerous quest to destroy the One Ring. Filled with rich world-building, complex characters, and highly detailed landscapes, you’ll struggle to find any faults with this recommendation.

If you want an epic high-fantasy with a female lead, then The Priory of the Orange Tree is going to be a great read. You'll be able to immerse yourself in an epic adventure, with a limited third-person perspective alternating between four main characters, giving us just enough information without spoiling anything about a realm where dragons soar through the skies and age-old prophecies intermingle with political intrigue. And, if you're a fan of good slow-burn romances, this one will definitely fit the bill.

We have to mention the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. Sanderson is a big name in the fantasy world, known for his witty writing style. In this set, you’ll be welcomed by mind-bending magic systems in a unique dystopian world ruled by an oppressive empire. If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series, this will certainly be a hit with you.

Finally, we have another female-led fantasy - Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher. The main character is Mara, a princess tired of seeing her sisters’ suffering caused by an abusive prince. This pushes her into an epic journey to find a way to kill him, however, this is not an easy and straightforward quest. It’s a great story for those tired of seeing a white knight save the princess.

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Ed Robertson unspalsh

Sometimes books get a bad rep for being boring, but it only comes from those who haven’t found the right book for them. Spending hours gaming or watching fantasy shows is all well and good, but why not try reading something instead? There is certainly a book out there that will pique your interest.

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