Hello fellow forumites, as the thread title suggests, I'm looking for some recommendations on what to read next. I tend to consume a given series slowly at first, reading a few chapters until I get fully immersed, after which I can't put it down. Once I've finished, I then have a "cooling off" period in which I reflect on what I just read and painstakingly research what next to read. The reason for this is that once I pick up a series, I will not abandon it unless I've made a mistake in choosing genres/the author developed syphilis midway through writing and banked hard into crazy. On to specifics:
I am highly angst averse. Real life is bad enough, I don't need to read anything that will make me MORE depressed. Horror/gore is totally off the table. In my opinion, a good writer can make you think things can't possibly turn out well, and yet they still do, in a satisfying fashion.
I greatly enjoy Science Fiction/Fantasy genres. Wheel of Time (great), Song of Ice and Fire (read it without knowing anything about it, way darker than I preferred. Still, as above, I'm resolved to finish it), most stuff by David Eddings, most stuff by Terry Brooks (found later stuff less good than earliest stuff), and I know that doesn't seem like a lot, but I'm at work and can't check my bookshelves.
While I don't mind romance (spice of life and all that), I've read a few books where it was clumsily added in just to pair up the main character, and was totally unnecessary. Characters that make actual emotional connections, that's more to taste.
I love libraries, so anything that's a little old and could easily be gotten at the library rather than the bookstore would be nice. I have some Barnes and Noble gift cards, but books add up. I do NOT own any kind of tablet or e-reader.
As a frame of reference I do also read a fair bit of action/adventure manga (still fantasy/scifi stuff), which, while I'm not really looking for recs on that, might color your book recommendations, so I thought it was worth noting.
I like order. Which is to say, a series which has sequential ordering is much more attractive than a series where the books are interchangeable or some are merely tangents.
Mmmmmmmm, scratching my head on what else to note. If anyone has any questions, feel free to note them.
Thanks in advance!