Friday, December 8, 2017

If You Like... You Might Also Like (Part 1 of ?)

Reading Recommendations

I have always been a huge fan of "if you like.. you might also like" types of posts, so I thought it was about time that I finally got around to putting up one of my own! I've decided to make this a semi-regular series of posts, though there won't be any definite schedule. Below are a few of my suggestions--I hope you find something you like!

 you might also like The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

I read Every Heart a Doorway about two months ago and I immediately fell in love with the entire story and concept. I just finished The Hazel Wood the other day and I was beyond impressed by the scope and concept of it as well, and I couldn't help but be reminded of Every Heart a Doorway at many points while I was reading it. Both books take the ideas of fairy tales and classic stories and turn them into something entirely real, showcasing the darker and more mysterious side of them. If you loved Every Heart a Doorway, I highly, highly recommend you check out The Hazel Wood when it comes out in January! (I'll also be posting my review it closer to its release date!)

The one thing that each of these books undoubtedly share is brilliant and exceptionally talented writing. Honestly, just looking at each of thsoe books and thinking about each author's prose... it's almost too much beauty in one go, but I think we can do it. I've suggested The Crimson Petal and the White and The Queen of the Night because they both follow a particular character throughout many momentous occasions in their lives, following them through many changes and experiences, both good and bad. Both are heartbreaking, beautiful, and truly a wonderful reading experience.

If you, like me, love fairy tale-inspired retellings and stories, then you probably have already heard of Jodi Lynn Anderson's gorgeous Peter Pan-inspired tale that is told from the perspective of Tinker Bell. If you're still interested in a Peter Pan-inspired tale (or if you just want to further explore Neverland), then I highly recommend you check out Lost Boy and Alias Hook. Both of my suggestions focus on Captain Hook and tell a slightly different story about Peter. 

you might also like The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

If you love the clever book references and witty dialogue and storytelling of The Invisible Library, then you need to go check out its predecessor, The Eyre Affair. These are both so sharply written and perfect for anyone who loves both subtle and obvious references to countless literary classics. Both of these books are incredibly inventive and truly so much fun. 

Both The Miniaturist and Mrs. Poe capture that same subtle tensity that can be found in the atmosphere of The Paying Guests, as well as the continuous mystery and intrigue that is also present in The Paying Guests. If you are a historical fiction fan centered on women who are forced into various events and situations, look no further.

That's all for today! In future series installments, I'll have suggestions for books such as House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson, and many more!

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  1. I haven't read any of these, but ALIAS HOOK has been on my TBR list for a while now. I'll definitely check these recommendations out!

    Azraa @ IceyBooks

  2. The Hazel Wood is definitely one I'm interested in, I keep seeing it pop up and I don't know, it just looks fun. The Eyre Affair does sound pretty good too, since I did like The Invisible Library.

    1. Yeah, I keep seeing it everywhere also. Fortunately, it seems to deserve all of it! And I definitely recommend Jasper Fforde, his books are so fun.

  3. I adored EVERY HEART A DOORWAY and am really looking forward to reading THE HAZEL WOOD so I am really excited to see you pair them like that!

    I haven't read TIGER LILY but am a huge fan of ALIAS HOOK and glad to have seen it make your list :) I feel like not enough people love/appreciate it.

    I LOVE THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY series and while I haven't read THE EYRE AFFAIR, I did read THE BIG OVER EASY by Jasper Fforde and really enjoyed it. I guess I'll just have to read The EYRE AFFAIR as well.

    Thanks so much for your wonderful recommendations!! :)

    1. So glad to hear you loved Alias Hook! I totally agree that it doesn't seem to get nearly as much love as it deserves. And I really hope you enjoy The Eyre Affair if you get a chance to read it. :) I need to catch up on The Invisible Library series!

  4. Thanks for the book recs. A lot of these are already on my TBR so I'm glad to hear they're such good reads :)