Readers told me 3 books they loved, 1 book they hated, and what they’re reading right now. In turn, I’m choosing 1 mainstream pick, 1 eccentric pick, and 1 YA/memoir/nonfiction pick for each reader. (Or more, if I can’t help myself.)
This week we’re choosing books for Sheri, Heather, and Jessica.
Love: The Book Thief, Life of Pi, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Jayber Crow, Poisonwood Bible
Disappointment: Flight Behavior
Last read: Help for the Haunted
I chose State of Wonder because it has the sweep and strong plot of some of your favorites. Curious Incident brought Silver Linings Playbook to mind, as both are told from unusual perspectives. The Rosie Project has the charm of Guernsey (although it’s a little racier), and is told from the perspective of someone with Asperger’s–a cousin to Curious Incident.
Love: Until I Find You, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Harry Potter
Don’t like: anything by Jodi Picoult
Last read: The Spark
Currently: Crossing to Safety and Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun
Madeleine L’Engle and John Irving share similar styles, so I chose Meet the Austins, but any of her works would do. A Test of Wills has the complex plot and mysterious elements of your favorites, but in a different genre.
The Remedy (which is on my nightstand, but I haven’t yet read it) sounds to me like this year’s version of Henrietta Lacks, combining mystery, history, biography, literature, and science to tell the true story of the quest to cure tuberculosis.
Love: White Oleander, Cutting for Stone, Unbroken
Didn’t love: The Paris Wife
Last read: The Paradox of Choice, An Everlasting Meal, Glitter and Glue
White Oleander brings The Language of Flowers immediately to mind, as the plots are similar. Likewise, Cutting for Stone reminds me of The Poisonwood Bible, although it’s not quite a “read-alike.”
The Time in Between is an offbeat pick. I chose it because it covers World War II from a completely different perspective than Zamp’s: it’s a fictional account of a Spanish couturier who goes undercover as an Allied spy during World War II.
(You know what? I didn’t love The Paris Wife either.)
How did I do? What books would YOU recommend to these readers?
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