If you like x, try y: part two

Hello again, booklovers! Last week, I gave you some new books to read based on some of my favorite books, TV shows, and movies, and this week I’m back with more for all the readers in your family. Whether you need to fill the Tiger King-shaped void in your life right now, you’re eager for another series like The Babysitters Club to excite your youngest, or you’re an avid Madeline Miller fan, I’ve got you covered in this week’s round up. Read on for all the books I think you’ll love!

 

If you love Bad Feminist, try…

Here For It by R. Eric Thomas: When I first read Bad Feminist right after it came out, I had the feeling I was holding in my hands a book that would make waves and change the way Americans relate to the pop culture around them. A month ago when I finished Here For It, I was struck by that same feeling. This memoir in essays is a hilarious and heartfelt reflection on Thomas's life as a black, gay, and Christian man living in America, and it's the most human commentary on pop culture and politics that I've read. Just as wise and sharp as Bad Feminist, but updated for the world of 2020, Here For It is a must read.

 

If you love Circe, try…

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker: In Circe, Madeline Miller takes one woman’s story from a small subplot and turns it into an elegant feminist retelling. Barker’s The Silence of the Girls does much the same thing with the nearly invisible women from the Iliad. Narrated by Briseis, lover of Achilles, this book is full of heartbreak and strength, as well as beautiful prose. The Silence of the Girls is perfect for longtime fans of Greek mythology or those who are newer to the subject, but either way, you’ll be captivated by this book. 

Great Goddesses by Nikita Gill: How about a little poetry to soothe the soul? Gill’s beautiful writing and storytelling shines in Great Goddesses, which reimagines all the notable Greek figures through a modern lens. In this book, you’ll read a love letter from the moon, find the humanity in mythology’s fiercest monsters, and be swept into Gill’s gorgeous imagination. Many of the stories and poems are accompanied by Gill’s own illustrations, which are as beautiful and strong as the words themselves. Great Goddesses is a wonderful addition to the modern Greek mythological canon!

 

If you love The Babysitters Club, try…

Everyday Angel by Victoria Schwab: Meet Aria, a guardian angel hoping to earn her wings, sent to our world to help three young girls. She’ll have to help these girls navigate the ups and downs of middle school, all while keeping her angel identity a secret. Schwab is one of my favorite storytellers, and this book is no exception! Fans of the Babysitters Club will find a lot of the charm they love in Schwab’s sweet and quirky stories. Full of heart and whimsy, this collection of novels is one I wish I had read when I was younger.

 

If you love Game of Thrones, try… 

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: Name of the Wind has some of my all-time favorite world building, and as an avid fantasy reader, that’s a big compliment! Rothfuss’s world is just as expansive, if not more, than George R. R. Martin’s Westeros, but it has a whole new combination of ancient powers and new heroes. Follow Kvothe as he recounts his evolution from traveling performer to magical university student and eventually to legendary kingkiller. Told as a story within a story (and sometimes additional stories layered in), Rothfuss’s prose will sweep you into an elegant new fantasy world. And if you’re looking for more epic fantasy TV, this is a great place to dive in, since The Name of the Wind is already on its way to a TV adaptation!

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes: Do you have a young reader in your life who wants to get in on the Game of Thrones hype but with a little less nudity? This YA series is just the right thing. Filled with court politics, warring kingdoms, forbidden romance, and scheming royals, Falling Kingdoms makes for a wild ride with more than a few similarities to Game of Thrones. Readers will fall in love with this sprawling world and be clamoring for the rest of the series. 


If you love Tiger King, try… 

The Falcon Thief by Joshua Hammer: It turns out that there’s a whole world of animal-related true crime out there, and Tiger King is just scratching the surface. In The Falcon Thief, Hammer follows the true story of international raptor smuggler Jeffrey Lendrum and the detective intent to protect the world’s birds of prey. Though Lendrum is a different sort of man from Joe Exotic, I can promise you’ll find parallels in the frenzied quest to master nature at all costs captured in this book. This dive into obscure crime is just what you need while you wait for the Tiger King biopic!


If you love superhero comics, try… 

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore: If you consider yourself a hardcore comics fan (and even if you don’t), then this is required reading. Historian and journalist Jill Lepore takes a fascinating look at the history behind the creation of Wonder Woman and the life of its eccentric creator, William Moulton Marston. Full of illustrations of Wonder Woman throughout the ages, this book is a pure delight for anyone looking to understand the history surrounding one of America’s favorite comic book heroes.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu: If you’re familiar with YA, you’ve likely read something by Lu already, but you might have missed her version of a Batman origin story. But don’t worry, this book has excitement and intrigue from the first page! Join a young Bruce Wayne as he comes of age in a Gotham stalked by the nefarious Nightwalkers in this story of trust and betrayal. Young comic lovers will love this action-packed story!

—Julia

 

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The Silence of the Girls: A Novel By Pat Barker Cover Image
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Published: Anchor - August 27th, 2019

Great Goddesses: Life Lessons From Myths and Monsters By Nikita Gill Cover Image
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 3rd, 2019

Everyday Angel: Three Novels By Victoria Schwab, V. E. Schwab Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338575590
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - February 4th, 2020

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) By Patrick Rothfuss Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780756404741
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Published: DAW - April 1st, 2008

Falling Kingdoms: A Falling Kingdoms Novel By Morgan Rhodes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781595145857
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Published: Razorbill - March 11th, 2014

The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird By Joshua Hammer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501191886
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 11th, 2020

The Secret History of Wonder Woman By Jill Lepore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804173407
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Published: Vintage - July 7th, 2015

Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons Series) By Marie Lu Cover Image
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Published: Ember - March 5th, 2019