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 Kelty, Anni, and Katherine.
I’m going to start by recommending a movie for all three readers. Kelty loved What Alice Forgot, and Anni and Katherine both loved The Time Traveler’s Wife. Both books rely on time trickery to throw light onto the relationships of the main characters. The fairly new film About Time does the same thing, and does it well.
Love: What Alice Forgot, The Help, Under the Banner of Heaven
Hate: Gone Girl
Last read: Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (Munro)
The Last Letter from Your Lover has just enough in common with What Alice Forgot and The Help to make it a good pick. The Sherlock Holmes story A Study in Scarlet is a stretch–Kelty didn’t indicate that she’s into older books, or mysteries–but its subject matter makes for an interesting follow-up to Krakauer’s nonfiction narrative.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (also an excellent film) will make you reevaluate your relationships with the ones you love and live with, a quality shared by Kelty’s fiction picks.
Love: Pride and Prejudice, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Girl in Translation
Hate: Great Expectations
Last read: Longbourn
Rules of Civility has the sweeping feel of The Time Traveler’s Wife, the pacing (and class struggles) of P&P, and is set in the same era as Girl in Translation. North and South is the easy pick here: it’s known as “Gaskell’s Pride and Prejudice.”
I chose Jane Jacobs because place plays a key role in all 5 of Anni’s chosen books, and Jacobs addresses all its aspects in this classic. (Don’t worry, it’s not boring. I promise.)
Love: The Time Traveler’s Wife, Here Be Dragons, A Severe Mercy
Last Read: The Glass Castle
What Alice Forgot isn’t a read-alike to The Time Traveler’s Wife, but I’m recommending it for the way both novels play with time. (Recommending A Swiftly Tilting Planet for the same reason.) The Forgotten Garden is interesting historical fiction, though it’s not set quite as far back as Here Be Dragons.
A Severe Mercy brought Chasing Daylight to mind, which is similar, but not so similar as C. S. Lewis’s works, which seem too obvious to recommend.
How did I do? What books would YOU recommend to Kelty, Anni, and Katherine?
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