I’m so excited to share more recommendations with you guys because, let’s be real, that’s all I have going for my personality right now and given the circumstances of the world we are living in, we all need more reading material
so, I have compiled a list of 10 books to read if you liked a specific, more popular title. I can’t PROMISE that you’re going to love the recommendations bc honestly, I’m not a mind reader BUT i can promise they share similar vibes, themes, and ideas.
alright, on with the post, because i have nothing else of substance to say.
✨both books surround the topic of families, explores the generations and beginnings of the family, and are very character driven
✨they are both phenomenal books that are written in such a personal way, you feel as if you belong to these families
✨Beartown is definitely more adult as it’s very detailed and raw. Backman knows how to destroy you by making you feel so intimately related of this small, isolated town
✨Michigan vs. the Boys is more about justice and standing up for what’s right in a difficult sitation. both books are absolutely incredible and WILL make you cry
✨ The Chalk Man and The Whisper Man are totally different thrillers based off their plots. they both have “man” in the title, ha ha, yes i did notice and perhaps that played a part in my choice, but you won’t be hearing that from me but when I was reading them I couldn’t help but feel similarly.
✨both books have a very creepy, eerie atmosphere. the narrator takes you along a journey that is haunting and unpredictable
✨and both books definitely end on a note that keeps your mind running way after you’ve finished. both really enjoyable, entertaining, shocking thrillers.
✨while “Turn of the Key” had more family related issues and my preferred of the two, both stories were gripping in their narration, chilling to read, and entirely unputdownable.
✨ The Bookish Life of Nina Hill and Well Met are so different at a first glance. Both books feature an enemies(ish)-to-lovers relationship and that’s about where the apparent similarities end and have a similar, soft ‘found family’ feeling
✨while the Bookish Life of Nina Hill is quite literally “found family,” Well Met is more about the main character finding a place for herself in this new small town
✨both books are absolutely adorable, have relatable main characters, and such fun, sweet friendships and romances that will keep you engrossed the entire time
✨Starry Eyes and Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined share the obvious campfire book cover similarity….i jest the same camping, stuck-out-in-the-wilderness vibes and both dive into some heavier, family centered issues
✨Starry Eyes is definitely the lighter read, it made me all soft and teary eyed while Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined hit me SO HARD with its ending, literally sobbing myself to sleep, love that for me
✨they both have witty humour, soft, gentle moments, and some crushing reveals that just 😦
✨READ THEM BOTH RIGHT NOW PLEASE
✨both books are entertaining, smart, and rely on elements like secrecy, treachery, and politics that make them stand out from your regular YA historic fantasy
✨also both books have ships that are absolutely enchanting Grave Mercy has enemies-to-lovers with a fake marriage thing going and Scarlet has long time besties to lovers, THEY’RE BOTH SO PRECIOUS
✨Permanent Record is more of an adult take on it. It explores deeper topics like financial troubles and education choices while Somewhere Only We Know is more light-hearted and fun.
✨I personally enjoyed Somewhere Only We Know better but they both have very similar plots and if you enjoyed one, I’m sure you’d love the other.
✨A Curious Beginning is the more adult, mature version of Stalking Jack the Ripper not in the romance department as it is SO SLOWBURN. SO SO SO SO SLOWBURN but in the sense that……Veronica and Stoker actually solve the mysteries and are older and more sensible in their actions
✨Both books offer strong, forward thinking women and men, the most entertaining, hilarious witty banter, and are set in historic England.
✨A Curious Beginning focuses more on the characters and the solid, beautiful, powerful friendship they build while Stalking Jack the Ripper is evidently more about the romance
✨Both books are hauntingly beautiful and makes you feel like you are experiencing it for your own. They both follow numerous characters in this strange futuristic world and all connect in the most captivating of ways
✨Station Eleven is about a viral pandemic that wipes out the major population of earth TERRIFYING STUFF TO READ NOW and the Book of M is about a phenomenon that leaves people without their shadows and consequently their memory.
That’s all the recommendations I have for today. I had a lot of fun making the graphics, choosing the books, and putting this all together. And now tell me, have you read any of these books? Have I convinced you to pick up their related counterpart?
Do you have any suggested/related titles for any of the ones I listed?
Thanks for reading, friends! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy!