TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I want more like
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about books I’ve loved that I want to read more like. Whether that’s more from the same author, the same genre or a certain theme in the story. I hope you enjoy this list, and if you’ve read any books like the ones I’m looking for please leave your recommendations down in the comments.
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
Rhys, the love interest in A Quiet Kind of Thunder, is deaf. I haven’t read many (if any other) YA novels featuring deaf characters, so I would love to read more stories with deaf representation, particularly those which are ownvoices.
Hold Back The Tide by Melinda Salisbury
Melinda Salisbury’s newest novel is set in the Scottish highlands, and it follows a girl whose father is a murderer. It’s hard to say too much about this story without giving away massive spoilers, because all is not as it seems, but I want to read more like this. The setting was interesting – it’s the first book I can remember bringing the Scottish highlands to life so vibrantly – and the story is utterly unique. You won’t have read anything else like this, but I want more!
The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
The Illuminae Files combines multiple formats into an epic dossier which tells the story of the Illuminae Group. I have done a full video review of my thoughts on the Illuminae Files series over on my Booktube channel, but in short I loved the first book in this series and grew increasingly disappointed as the story continued.
I would love to see more books using these different storytelling styles (which included interviews, illustrations, diagrams, video transcripts, chat logs and much, much more), because it kept me engaged and made it possible to fly through these books even though they all came in at over 500 pages.
In The Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland
I’m only halfway through In The Ravenous Dark, but I already know I want to read more books featuring polyamorous relationships. I’ve only read one before – Laura Nowlin’s This Song Is (Not) For You – and I wasn’t a huge fan of it, but the way A.M. Strickland writes the interactions between the love interests is *chef’s kiss*.
Loveless by Alice Oseman
Loveless is the first YA contemporary novel I’ve read with an asexual main character. With awareness and acceptance around asexuality growing steadily, I’m hoping to see more books featuring asexuality soon.
Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
Similarly to A Quiet Kind of Thunder, the main character in Eric Lindstrom’s Not If I See You First is blind. I have read a few YA novels with blind side characters, but I’d love to read a YA novel with blind representation from an ownvoices author.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Red Rising is my favourite book of all time, so it’s no surprise that I want to read more like it. However, I don’t mean that I want to read more books with similar plotlines, as I have plenty of those to choose between (Ender’s Game, The Hunger Games and Wool being highly recommended as similar to Red Rising).
What I really want more of is Pierce Brown’s writing.
He currently has five full-length novels, and all of them are part of the Red Rising series. I love getting to follow the same characters and continue exploring the world Pierce Brown created, but I’d really love to see something completely new and different from him.
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Stepsister completely subverted my expectations. As well as being a Cinderella retelling, Jennifer Donnelly added a lot of unique elements to the story and changed some of the characters to allow them to break out of the mould they normally fit in and play a different role in the story.
I’m sure there are a lot of other fairy tale retellings that do the same, but because they’re so hit and miss with me I haven’t read many of them. It’s definitely a genre I want to explore more thoroughly.
Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
I finally finished Today Tonight Tomorrow last week and I swooned! Set over the course of 24 hours, we follow Rowan Roth and her arch-nemesis Neil McNair as they decide to team up to win $5000 from an end of senior year game called Howl.
I love books set in really short time periods, particularly those set overnight. I enjoyed Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith but I didn’t love it, but with the recent announcement of upcoming anthology Up All Night edited by Laura Silverman, I’m really in the mood for stories set over the course of one night.
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy Witches Steeped in Gold. I talk about it in-depth in my May wrap up video, but considering this book was one of my most anticipated releases of 2021, it didn’t live up to my expectations.
That being said, I loved the setting. This book is inspired by the Caribbean, and the descriptions of the world that the characters inhabit makes me want to read more books set in and around the Caribbean. I will probably end up reading the second book in the series, so I will get a bit more of the setting that way, but if you’re someone who reads widely and wants more of the Caribbean setting I would recommend Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle (which is set in Jamaica and takes place in 1760!).
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Do you have any recommendations for books similar to these, or will I need to continue my search?
As always, thanks for reading,