George R.R. Martin’s sweeping A Song of Ice and Fire series mixes fantasy with political intrigue and graphic action. If you’ve explored the Seven Kingdoms and crave more, try one of these epic fantasies.
If you were fascinated by Jeannette Wall’s tale of an extremely dysfunctional family and would like to read other books that explore troubled childhoods and how someone rose above them, try one of these titles.
Cops, mafia, ordinary folks — people who have personal demons to confront,
rapid-fire action, complex plots full of surprises, and frequently, an
irreverent sense of humor; all characterize Coben’s writing.
The Help evokes the South of the early 1960s, revealing the pervasive unspoken code of behavior and discrimination at the dawn of the civil rights movement. The novel also depicts the intricacies and complications of female friendship, female ambition, and interracial relationships.
No one writes “Indiana Jones”-style adventures like James Rollins, but some writers come close. If you can’t get enough of Rollin’s rip-roaring adventures set in exotic locales and seasoned with intriguing historical and scientific information, give one of these books a try.
Jan Karon’s Mitford series appeals to our longing for community, for
kindness, for faith, and for simplicity in life. If you’ve read
all of the books in the Mitford series, you may also enjoy some of the titles on this list.
Do not despair, gentle reader, if you’ve already read all of Jane Austen’s
works and still hunger for more. You may now move on to any of these
contemporary novels inspired by Jane Austen’s books, her characters, and
even her own life.
John Irving’s novels present life as both comically absurd and inescapably
tragic. The following titles have similarities to the work
of John Irving in having a similar conversational tone, motifs, or overall
The Lemon Treeis a true account of the unusual friendship that developed between Dalia, an Israeli immigrant and Bashir, a Palestinian. The books in this list contain historical information and personal narratives about the perspectives of both Israelis and Palestinians.
Jacqueline Winspear’s British historical mysteries feature the plucky Maisie Dobbs, an intelligent, self-made heroine who went from being a domestic servant to a nurse in WWI to running her own business as an inquiry agent. Setting, time period, and atmosphere are key to these well-plotted, character-driven cozies, which are mostly upbeat but with dark undertones due to the lingering effects of the war. If you like Maisie Dobbs, you might enjoy these other series.
Philip K. Dick was one of the most influential science fiction writers of
the mid-20th century and his dark, cynical, suspicious stories continue to
appeal. Try a book from this list for a Philip K. Dick read-a-like
Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes sexy, contemporary romances full of quirky humor, relatable characters, and heart-tugging emotion. While there is no one quite like SEP, these books capture some of her charm.