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:

Book, Series & Author Recommendations

If You Like:Then You Should Read:
1960s LondonA Song from Dead Lips by William Shaw
1984Golden State by Ben H. Winters
A Man Called OveMy Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
Apocalypse....NowThe Three by Sarah Lotz
Apocalyptic Sci-FiPrable of the Sower by Octavia E Butler
Award WinningHere Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn, Hyperion Cantos Series by Dan Simmons
Books With A MovieThe 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 FBIThe Emma Frost series by Willow Rose
British Crime FictionThe Simon Serrailler
Broken ProtagonistFilth by Irvine Welsh
CaptivatingBeach Music by Pat Conroy
Character DrivenSing, Unburied Sing
ChristmasHercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
ClassicsWuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Confederate HistoryThe Southern Victory/Timeline-191 series
Cozy MysteryTeddy Bear Mysteries by Meg Macy, Cupcake Bakery Mysteries by Jenn McKinlay, Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs
Crime ThrillerThe Curtis Chronicles by Joseph Badal
Critically AcclaimedFake Like Me by Barbara Bourland
CyberpunkSnow Crash by Neal Stephenson
DarkThe Wasp Factory by Iain M. Banks
Dark MatterBrilliance Trilogy by Marcus Sakey
David BaldacciBooks by Joe Weber and Tom Savage
DetectivesInspector Bruce Mysteries by Bill Wenham, Alex Delaware Series
DisturbingHaunted by Chuck Palahniuk, I'm Not Sam by Jack Ketchum
DogsThe Chet & Bernie Mysteries, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, A Dog's Purpose, the Golden Retriever Mystery series
DystopianThe 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 PoeGhost Story by Peter Straub
Epic FantasyThe Stormlight Archives series by Brandon Sanderson, Malazan by Steven Erikson
Erotic RomanceOpal Carew
EspionageSafe Houses by Dan Fesperman
Family LifeThe Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
FantasyRed 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 EspionageThe Dregs series by Leigh Bardugo
Fast CarsThe Last Open Road by Burt Levy
Female ProtagonistsRed Sister by Mark Lawrence
Game of ThronesThe Broken Earth series
Gone GirlB.A. Paris, Shari Lapena
Great VillainsMystic River by Dennis Lehane
GrippingGoldfinch & Secret History by Donna Tartt
GrippingThe 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
HalloweenSomething Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
Hard Boiled DetectiveLoyalty by Ingrid Thoft
Hard Sci-FiThe Three-Body Probem by Cixin Liu
Harry PotterThe Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey, The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Historical FictionNews 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
HorrorViolet 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
HumourLamb by Christopher Moore, Last Chance To See by Douglas Adams
Humour (Dry)A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
IrishIrish Country Series
Jack ReacherJohn 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
JapanThe Asian Saga series by James Clavell
Jason BourneThe Gray Man series by Mark Greaney, Evan "Orphan X" Smoak
Jennifer EganNormal People by Sally Rooney
John SandfordThe Helen Grace series by M.J. Arlidge
JRR TolkienRangers Apprentice by John Flanagan
Karen Whitethe Lowcountry Tales series by Dorothea Benton Frank
Killing Eve (TV Show)Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French
Legal ThrillersMark Gimenez and his Scott Fenney series
Light/Fun ReadsGoing Postal - 33rd book in Discworld series
Louise PennyDepartment Q Series by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Magic and SuspenseMagic and Liars by Sarah Gailey
Maisie DobbsBess Crawford series by Charles Todd
Mess with the MindUbik by Philip K. Dick
Mitch RappWill Robie Series by David Baldacci, The Gray Man series by Mark Greaney, The Jericho Quinn series by Marc Cameron
MonstersMonster Hunter series
MysteryHercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie, The Dave Robicheaux Series by James Lee Burke
Older KidsRedwall by Brian Jacques
OutdoorsThe Sean Stranahan Mystery series
Percy JacksonHis Dark Materials Series
Police ProceduralsInspector Montalbano by Andrea Camilleri
Psychological HorrorThe Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Psychological ThrillerAfter by Anna Todd, The Warning by Kathryn Croft, The Escape Room by Megan Goldin, Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
Ready Player OneContest 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 LoversThe Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas
Robert A. HeinleinThe Stardance Trilogy
RomancePermanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi, My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
ScaryHaunted by Chuck Palahniuk
Sci-FiDark 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 ThrillerReady Player One by Ernest Cline, Contest by Matthew Reilly, Brilliance Trilogy by Marcus Sakey
Serial KillersThe Coldest Fear by Rick Reed, Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite
Series with 10+ BooksJack Reacher by Lee Child, Ender Saga by Orson Scott Card (Sci-Fi)
Short StoriesI'm Not Sam by Jack Ketchum
Spy ThrillersEvan "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 ThrillersB.A. Paris, Shari Lapena, The Stranger Within by Kathryn Croft
Stays With YouRoom by Emma Donoghue
Swords & SorceryThe Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
Tales of HellInfernal Series by Edward Lee
TearjerkerEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Terrifyingly RealOne Second After by William R. Forstchen
The Dinner by Herman KochSummer House with Swimming Pool
Thought ProvokingRoom by Emma Donoghue
ThrillersI 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 FantasyThe Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
VampiresThe Passage by Justin Cronin
Villains / Pure EvilVicious by V.E. Schwab, East of Eden by John Steinbeck
WhodunnitHercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
Women's HistoryLove, Hate & Other Filters by Samirah Ahmed
YA FantasyProject Nemesis series by Brendan Reichs
YA Horror MysteryStalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
YA ThrillerAn Ember in Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Young AdultIt's Not Like It's A Secret by Misa Sugiura, The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater
Young Adult RomanceAristole and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
ZombiesThe Apocalypse by Peter Meredith, The Benny Imura series by Jonathan Maberry

If you aren’t subscribed to the newsletter just insert your e-mail address here: