Recommendations

Written by Graeme

Every two weeks I send out an e-mail newsletter with a list of book recommendations. I make it nice and simple – “If you like _____ then try _____”.

I only recommend one book per category and the category can cover a wide variety of topics. I know there’s a wide variety of readers out there, and my goal is to accommodate as many people as possible!

For example I may recommend a book if you like the character Jack Reacher. Or I may recommend a light Summer read for those times on the beach.

Here’s the list of past recommendations – this list is quite updated and we are planning on revising it soon and making it cleaner.

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If You Like: Then You Should Read:
1960s London A Song from Dead Lips by William Shaw
1984 Golden State by Ben H. Winters
A Man Called Ove My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
Apocalypse….Now The Three by Sarah Lotz
Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Prable of the Sower by Octavia E Butler
Award Winning Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn, Hyperion Cantos Series by Dan Simmons
Beautiful Fantasy The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Books With A Movie The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin, Mystic River by Dennis Lehane, American Assassin by Vince Flynn, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner), The Silver Linings Playbook
Brit in the FBI The Emma Frost series by Willow Rose
British Crime Fiction The Simon Serrailler
Broken Protagonist Filth by Irvine Welsh
Captivating Beach Music by Pat Conroy
Character Driven Sing, Unburied Sing
Children’s Fantasy The Warriors by Erin HunteR
Christmas Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
Classics Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Confederate History The Southern Victory/Timeline-191 series
Cozy Mystery Threadville Mystery series by Janet Bolin, Teddy Bear Mysteries by Meg Macy, Cupcake Bakery Mysteries by Jenn McKinlay, Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs
Crime Detective All The Hidden Truths by Claire Askew
Crime Thriller Flat Spin by David Freed, The Curtis Chronicles by Joseph Badal
Critically Acclaimed Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland
Cyberpunk Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Dark The Wasp Factory by Iain M. Banks
Dark Matter Brilliance Trilogy by Marcus Sakey
David Baldacci Books by Joe Weber and Tom Savage
Detective (Traditional) Murder on Thames by Neil Richards
Detective Satire The Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency series
Detectives Amos Decker (Memory Man) by David Baldacci, Kate Redman Mystery series, Inspector Bruce Mysteries by Bill Wenham, Alex Delaware Series
Disturbing Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk, I’m Not Sam by Jack Ketchum
Dogs The Chet & Bernie Mysteries, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, A Dog’s Purpose, the Golden Retriever Mystery series
Dystopian The Long Walk by Stephen King, Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick, The Benny Imura series by Jonathan Maberry, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Edgar Allen Poe Ghost Story by Peter Straub
Epic Fantasy The Half-Elf Chronicles, The Stormlight Archives series by Brandon Sanderson, Malazan by Steven Erikson
Erotic Romance Opal Carew
Espionage Safe Houses by Dan Fesperman
Family Life The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Fantasy American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Red Sister by Mark Lawrence, Catlorian Saga by R.L. Pool, The Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey, Ember in the Ashes Series, Gentleman Bastards series by Scott Lynch, Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
Fantasy (Dark) Fallen Blade series by Kelly McCullough
Fantasy Espionage The Dregs series by Leigh Bardugo
Fast Cars The Last Open Road by Burt Levy
Female Protagonists Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Game of Thrones The Broken Earth series
Gone Girl B.A. Paris, Shari Lapena
Gothic Fantasy Locked Tomb Trilogy by Tamsyn Muir
Great Villains Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
Gripping Goldfinch & Secret History by Donna Tartt
Gripping The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Halloween Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
Hard Boiled Detective Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft
Hard Sci-Fi The Three-Body Probem by Cixin Liu
Harry Potter The Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey, The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Historical Fantasy Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey
Historical Fiction News of the World by Paulette Jiles, Kopp Sisters Series, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, Lilac Girls by Martha Kelly, Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Historical Military Soldier of the Republic Series by William Kelso
Historical Romance The Beekeeper’s Promise by Fiona Valpy
Hopeful Apocalypse Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Horror The Stand by Stephen King, Violet by Scott Thomas, We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, Bird Box by Josh Malerman, The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, The Troop by Nick Cutter, Tales of HP Lovecraft by Joyce Carol Oates
Humour Lamb by Christopher Moore, Last Chance To See by Douglas Adams
Humour (Dry) A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Irish Irish Country Series
Irvine Welsh Chris McQueer
Jack Reacher John Rain series by Barry Eisler, Will Robie Series by David Baldacci, Peter Ash Series by Nick Petrie, Nick Heller series by Joseph Finder, Evan “Orphan X” Smoak, Travis McGee by John D. MacDonald, Repairman Jack by F. Paul Wilson
Japan The Asian Saga series by James Clavell
Jason Bourne The Gray Man series by Mark Greaney, Evan “Orphan X” Smoak
Jennifer Egan Normal People by Sally Rooney
John Sandford The Helen Grace series by M.J. Arlidge
Joy Ellis Doyle and Action Scotland Yard series by Anne Cleeland
JRR Tolkien Rangers Apprentice by John Flanagan
Karen White the Lowcountry Tales series by Dorothea Benton Frank
Killing Eve (TV Show) Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French
Legal Thrillers Mark Gimenez and his Scott Fenney series
Light/Fun Reads Going Postal – 33rd book in Discworld series
Louise Penny Department Q Series by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Magic and Suspense Magic and Liars by Sarah Gailey
Maisie Dobbs Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd
Medieval Wars of the Roses series by Conn Iggulden
Mess with the Mind Ubik by Philip K. Dick
Mitch Rapp Will Robie Series by David Baldacci, The Gray Man series by Mark Greaney, The Jericho Quinn series by Marc Cameron
Monsters Monster Hunter series
Murder Thrillers Dublin Murder Squad by Tana French
Mystery Macduff Brooks Mystery series by M.W. Gordon, Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie, The Dave Robicheaux Series by James Lee Burke
Mystery (Crime Fiction) Dave Robicheaux by James Lee Burke
Noble Hitman The Will Robie Series
Older Kids Redwall by Brian Jacques
Outdoors The Sean Stranahan Mystery series
Percy Jackson His Dark Materials Series
Police Procedurals Inspector Montalbano by Andrea Camilleri
Post-Apocalyptic Station Eleven by Elimy St John Mandel
Psychological Horror The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Psychological Thriller After by Anna Todd, The Warning by Kathryn Croft, The Escape Room by Megan Goldin, Mystic River by Dennis Lehane, The Good Samaritan by John Marrs
Ready Player One Contest by Matthew Reilly, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown, Wool by Hugh Howey, Daemon by Daniel Suarez, Neuromancer by William Gibson
Rivals to Lovers The Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas
Robert A. Heinlein The Stardance Trilogy
Roman Empire The Cicero Trilogy by Robert Harris
Romance Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi, My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
Romance (Military) Mountain Mercenaries series by Susan Stoker
Romance (Teen) Shadow Girl by Liana Liu
Romance (Time Travel) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Scary Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
Sci-Fi Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, Ender Saga by Orson Scott Card, The Breach by Patrick Lee, Hyperion Cantos Series by Dan Simmons, Brilliance Trilogy by Marcus Sakey, The Machineries of Empire Trilogy by Yoon Ha Lee, John Dies At The End by David Wong
Sci-Fi (Military) The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
Sci-Fi Thriller Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Contest by Matthew Reilly, Brilliance Trilogy by Marcus Sakey
Serial Killers The Coldest Fear by Rick Reed, Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite
Series with 10+ Books Jack Reacher by Lee Child, Ender Saga by Orson Scott Card (Sci-Fi)
Short Stories I’m Not Sam by Jack Ketchum
Small Town Mysteries The Samuel Craddock Mysteries
Space Opera Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Spy Thrillers Evan “Orphan X” Smoak, The Jericho Quinn series by Marc Cameron, Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva, The Gray Man series by Mark Greaney, Will Robie Series by David Baldacci, The Mitch Rapp series, the Sam Capra series, East of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman
Standalone Thrillers B.A. Paris, Shari Lapena, The Stranger Within by Kathryn Croft
Stays With You Room by Emma Donoghue
Suspense Thriller Beijing Payback by Daniel Nieh
Swords & Sorcery The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
Tales of Hell Infernal Series by Edward Lee
Tearjerker Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Terrifyingly Real One Second After by William R. Forstchen
The Dinner by Herman Koch Summer House with Swimming Pool
Thought Provoking Room by Emma Donoghue
Thriller (Epidemic) Blindess by Jose Saramago
Thriller (Serial Killer) Ragdoll by Daniel Cole
Thrillers Runner by Patrick Lee, Judgment by Joseph Finder, I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll, The Wife by Alafair Burke, Any standalone by Joseph Finder, The Widow by Fiona Barton, Vanishing Act by Thomas Perry, The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Urban Fantasy The Divine Cities series by Robert Jackson Bennett, The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
Vampires The Vampirates Series, The Passage by Justin Cronin
Victoria Holt The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Villains / Pure Evil Vicious by V.E. Schwab, East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Whodunnit Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
Wholesome Mitford by Jan karon
Women’s History Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samirah Ahmed
YA Fantasy Project Nemesis series by Brendan Reichs
YA Horror Mystery Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
YA Mystery Pasadena by Sherri L Smith
YA Thriller An Ember in Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Young Adult It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Sugiura, The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater
Young Adult Romance Frankly in Love by David Yoon, Aristole and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Zombies The Apocalypse by Peter Meredith, The Benny Imura series by Jonathan Maberry

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