The theme for week’s Top Ten Tuesday, sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish, is books to read if you like this book/author. I decided to pick ten of my favorite popular books, and give a suggestion based on each of those books.
If you like The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, read The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. While The Paper Magician doesn’t quite live up to the amazingness that is The Night Circus, the magical elements are definitely similar. I really enjoyed both books, and if you like the kind of magic Celia and Marco practice in The Night Circus, I’d say The Paper Magician is worth a read.
If you like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, read Red Rising by Pierce Brown. It’s no secret how much I bloodydamn love Red Rising. It’s kind of like The Hunger Games plus Game of Thrones set on Mars. And it’s amazing.
If you like Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, read Alice by Christina Henry. Both of these books have the seedy, magical underworld thing going for them. Alice is a lot more violent than Neverwhere, but it also has a cast of very recognizable characters – it’s a dystopian retelling of Alice in Wonderland.
If you like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, read Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King. Full Dark, No Stars is a book of short fiction that is more creepy and thrilling than outright frightening. I would highly recommend the stories “Big Driver” and “A Good Marriage” in particular for fans of Gone Girl (both are also available as Kindle singles).
If you like Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, read The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. Both stories center around sentient beings trying to find their way after being ignorantly created by humans. The Golem and the Jinni is a beautiful novel set in turn-of-the-century New York, and the Golem’s struggle through life is very similar to that of Frankenstein’s monster.
If you like The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. These books are both brilliantly written from the perspective of a child during very traumatic historical events. The Book Thief follows a young German girl during WWII and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close tells the story of a boy trying to find his way after his father was killed in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Just as good and just as heartbreaking.
If you like The Road by Cormac McCarthy, read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Both books feature post-apocalyptic nomads. I really enjoyed both, and Station Eleven has become a favorite of mine. So if you haven’t read it yet, and enjoy stark, realistic dystopian novels, I would highly recommend it.
If you like The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Nicola Yoon’s writing reminded me a lot of John Green. So if you like John Green’s books, you will probably also really enjoy Everything, Everything.
If you like Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling, read The Magicians by Lev Grossman. The Magicians is really like Harry Potter for grown ups. I really enjoyed the first book (though I couldn’t get into the second), and think anyone looking to graduate to a magical university might enjoy it as well.
If you like Dracula by Bram Stoker, read The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. The Historian is both beautiful and terrifying. Vampire fiction doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, and this is, in my opinion, the best. Plus, the vampire in question is none other than Vlad Dracula himself, and the book follows the original legend.