I'm currently writing a fantasy book about a girl and a dragon. The book has NO magic, and the dragon cannot speak to humans, although he is human intelligent. Many times I've seen people recommend an author read other books in their genre, and I would LOVE to read more fantasy books with dragons and/or knights (I'm planning a book about a knight), but I have a bit of a dilemma: I am very picky. I need recommendations from people who've read more books than I have! What I don't want to read: MAGIC - I don't care for magic, although I do like super powers and natural powers, like people who can walk on water or move stuff with their minds (I enjoyed Avatar: the Last Airbender). I can enjoy some magic in a book, more if there are no magic words or wands. Most fantasy stories I find either center around magic, or have magic as a central piece of the story. Potion brewing is basically just chemistry, so I'm OK with that. I've read and enjoyed "Lord of the Rings," and I LOVE "The Two Princesses of Bamarre." I also read the first book of the Narnia series, but that was a long time ago and I've never been tempted to read it again, which probably means I found it a little boring. "STEAMY" RELATIONSHIPS - I like a good romance, but "steamy" just isn't my thing. HOMOSEXUALITY - Again, it just isn't my thing. SLOW MOVING - Lord of the Rings was enjoyable . . . the first time. I have yet to convince myself into rereading it--it's just too slow moving! The descriptions are difficult to get through, too. A few descriptions here and there are handy and enjoyable, but a book full of them gets really boring really fast and I end up skipping all the descriptions and sometimes stop reading altogether. TRAGIC/SAD ENDING - I hate Romeo and Juliet and Titanic; I find no romance in them at all. I read books to enjoy a happy ending, and if a book has a tragic or sad ending, I want to burn it. Unless you really think it'll help me with my writing, please don't recommend any books with a tragic or sad ending (and if you do recommend one, please warn me!). What I do want to read: DRAGONS - Seriously, I love dragons. I'd especially love to read some books where the dragons have to communicate without talking, because I'm REALLY struggling with this! FEY/MADE-UP BEASTS AND PEOPLE - I really enjoy fairies, elves, griffins, and other made-up creatures/peoples. I also love made-up cultures, although too much detail puts me to sleep. One of the things that makes fantasy so awesome is that authors can make up whatever monsters and people they want! KNIGHTS - I've never been fond of knight stories, but I have a growing interest in them now, especially since I'm planning to write a book about one. GOOD AND POORLY WRITTEN - I'm trying to learn how to write. I can read about point-of-view and poor vs. good writing all day, but I won't fully understand it without examples. If you can tell me the author's strengths and weaknesses in the books you recommend, I'd really appreciate it!