Beth Recommends Read-a-likes! Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! I missed last week’s because I was hosting a book tour! So, this week I am cheating a bit and doing last week’s topic ūüôā ¬† Thus, here are ten read-a-likes! If you like you like this¬†popular book, you might like this¬†one!

1) If you enjoyed The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and want to read another character-driven story about female friendship, check out The¬†Invisibles by Celilia Galante. It’s like when the sisterhood grows up! I loved both of these.


2) If you like Jodi Picoult, particularly My Sister’s Keeper,¬†you should try Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf!¬†Both of these books use changing perspectives to tell compelling and moving stories about family. If you’re interested, you can also check out my post with more Jodi Picoult readalikes!


3) I know that We Were Liars is a polarizing book, but if you liked it, or at least can see some of the good things about it, you should read Follow Me Down by Tanya Byrne! They are both suspenseful and atmospheric YA novels!
4) If you liked The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky¬†(book or movie) you’ll likely enjoy Please Ignore Vera Dietz by AS King¬†(it’s awesome¬†btw).¬†These are both lyrical and darkly funny stories. In them the main characters both deal with a lot of stuff and it sends them off on the wrong path. Both of these stories are dark but quirky and great.

5) If you enjoy a good YA contemporary, I bet Sarah Dessen is on your favourites list! If not, you’re crazy! Anyway, if you enjoyed her book Just Listen, I recommend giving Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens a shot. They are both about girls who, on the surface, have it all. But really, they are suffering inwardly from something serious and secret that happened to them. They are both fast paced, character driven, and emotional reads!

6) If you enjoyed The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and enjoy stories set in WWII, you might enjoy Sarah’s Key¬†by Tatiana de Rosnay. While Sarah’s Key is not YA, it does share some thematic elements with The Book Thief!¬†They are both lyrical and moving character driven stories set in the uncertainty of the second world war. If you pick up either of these, don’t forget your tissues!

7) If you like The Fault In Our Stars, you should check out All The Bright Places¬†by Jennifer Niven. (Well, you should check it out even if you¬†didn’t like tfios)¬†These are emotionally intense books that are both character driven and issue driven. They are about a couple o’ kids trying to beat the odds.

8) If you enjoyed the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella and also enjoy YA, you should give the Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison a try! They are both British and absolutely hilarious. I love the main characters in these books. In some ways, Becky Bloomwood seems like a grown-up version of Georgia Nicholson to me!

9) If you liked Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver (or just YA mysteries in general) you should check out The Last Good Day of the Year¬†by Jessica Warman. These books are both intricately plotted mysteries revolving around sisters and disappearances. I don’t often hear much about Warman’s books. They should definitely get more attention! Here’s a short review of her book Between.

10) These are two of my favourite books about family of late. They’re awesome! While Diamond Head is different from A Spool of Blue Thread,¬†I think that if you liked one you will enjoy the other. They are both character driven family sagas that seem to always come back to the family home. They each chronicle three generations, and often revolve around family resentments and secrets. They are both so frigging wonderful.

There you have! Here are ten read-a-likes!

Do you agree or disagree with any of my pairings? If you try any of these books, let me know! Did you do this topic? Leave your link! 

Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.