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A Collaborative "If You Like..." Author Search

Opinion by cressida posted over a year ago
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This is a common phrase/question that people employ when asking us booksellers for suggestions for their friends and family. "Well, he/she loved so-and-so...what else is like that" In fact, that is very helpful when trying to recommend books, knowing other books & authors that they like.

But sometimes one can get stuck in a rut and cannot come up with a wide selection of suggestions. Let's help each other find new books based on books we already enjoy. Adult, young adult, whatever you like!

Here are some Specific Titles that might prompt some suggestions:


-If you liked Harry Potter, you'll love...


-If you liked Twilight, you'll love...


-IF you liked Murder on the Orient Express, you'll love...


-If you liked Little House on the Prairie, you'll love...

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Or if you would prefers to make suggestions per Genre:


If you like fantasy/magical adventures, you'll love...


If you like historical fiction/realistic adventures, you'll love...


If you like graphic novels, you'll love...


If you like biographies & memoirs, you'll love...


If you like travel essays, you'll love...


(And if you want to recommend books in an unmentioned genre, please do!)
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cressida said:

Here are a few of my suggestions per genre:

If you like fantasy/magical adventures, you'll love...

Anything by Tamora Pierce
“The Warrior Heir” series by Cinda Williams Chima
“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins
“The Golden Compass” series by Philip Pullman


If you like historical fiction/realistic adventures, you'll love...

“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith
“Anne of Green Gables” series by L. M. Montgomery
“Sarah, Plain & Tall” by Patricia MacLachlan
“Walk Too Moons” by Sharon Creech


If you like graphic novels, you'll love...

“Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi
“Black Hole” by Charles Burns
“Pyongyang” by Guy Delisle

If you like biographies & memoirs, you'll love...

“The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls
“Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight” by Alexandera Fuller
“Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi
“The Opposite of Fate” by Amy Tan


If you like travel essays. you’ll love…

“In A Sunburned Country” by Bill Bryson (about Australia)
“If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name” by Heather Lende (about Alaska)
“Confederates in the Attic” by Tony Horwitz (about the US South)
“Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes (about Italy)
“Japanland” by Karin Muller (about Japan)
“Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide” by Peter Allison
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If you like World War 2 stories(Fictional & Unfictional), you'll love...

"The Book Thief" by Markcus Zusak
"Schlinder's List/Ark" by Thomas Keneally
"The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas" by John Boyne
"Atonement" by Ian McEwan
"The Diary of Anne Frank" by Anne Frank

If you like Classic FairyTales with a Twist, you'll love...

"Wicked" by Gregory Maguire
"Son of a witch" by Gregory Maguire
"Mirror, Mirror" by Gregory Maguire
"The Book of Lost Things" by John Connelly

If you like Japanese/Chinese Cultural yet fictional novels,you'll love...

"Across The Nightengale Floor" by Lian Hearn (and the next four books in the series)
"Memoirs Of A Geisha" by Arthur Golden
"The Embers Of Heaven" by Alma Alexander
"The Pure Land" by Alan Spence
"Becoming Madame Mao/Empress Orchid & The Last Empress" all by Anchee Min.
"Peony In Love" by Lisa See
"My Name is Red" by Orhan Pamuk
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If you like fantasy/magical adventures, you'll love...

The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix
The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
The Cry of the Icemark Trilogy by Stuart Hill
The Harperhall Trilogy by Anne McCaffrey (you can tell I like trilogies)
The Ranger's Apprentice Series by John Flanagan
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
and everything Cressida already said

If you like sci-fi you'll love....
Dune by Frank Herbert
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
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Cinders said:
I've narrowed my recs down to one per category. Here you are:

If you like fantasy/magical adventures, you'll love...
The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody

If you like historical fiction/realistic adventures, you'll love...
Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (Civil War Era)

If you like graphic novels, you'll love...
MAUS by Art Spiegelman (Also historical, WWII Era)

If you like biographies & memoirs, you'll love...
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez (OK, so I have two in this category)

If you like horror novels and/or riddles and mysteries, you'll love...
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
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If you like any forensic novels, or just like a good 'ol murder mystery, you'll love...

The Angel of Death: A Forensic Mystery by Alane Ferguson
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if u liked harry potter youll like
septimus heap
young wizards
maximum ride(not wizards but i recommand that to every one)
young wizards definaltly its classic wizardy its sooo good its kinda old/new shes still writing it but the first one came out 15 years before harry potter
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If you like fantasy, you'll love:
Anything by John Bellairs/Brad Strickland
The Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale
The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness

If you like mysteries, you'll love:
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowds

If you like spy novels, you'll love:
The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
I.Q. by Roland Smith
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If you love Twilight, you'll love the Nightworld books. Same idea, but better written and more logical.
If you loved Harry Potter, you'll love:
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (though if you're a big fan of greek mythology, you may be annoyed, he gets a lot of stuff wrong. Otherwise, you can just enjoy the books.)
anything by Charles De Lint (not really much to do with HP, but amazing books.)
The Alchemyst by Micheal Scott (especially if you like mythology)
King Arthur
The Lord of the Rings
Eragon by Christopher Paolini (unless you have high standards of literary quality, in which place don't bother)
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readerme said:
Just read Ouroboros by David Dinning...bought it at Barns and noble....A great look at the future...loved it.
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mjr1946 said:





Strange Happenings
by Tammy Rockett Box and Mary Rockett
[www.publishamerica.com]
will be in amazon.com

march 31 2010

Prologue of Strange Happenings

4:15 a.m.
I heard a noise coming from the lake behind my house. The small lake appeared to be swelling with unusually large waves. Something was rising up out of the water and it was massive.
I stood at my patio door listening, watching, and waiting. Whatever it was, it was coming fast. Suddenly they erupted from the water. There were many of them and they rode on horses. They weren’t human; their faces were half man and half animal of some kind. They had great power and raised their swords to the sky.
I feared for my life but knew their power was greater than anything human. I called for my son who came to stand by my side. The closer they got the more mesmerized we were by the sight of them and found that as much as we wanted to run we couldn’t. There was no hiding from them. I held my son close to me as though I could protect him. Their swords pointed towards us as they approached.

mjr1946@comcast.net
part 2 on its way
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mjr1946 said:
Tragic Love
by Tammy Rockett Box and Mary Rockett

[amazon.com]

Woman abusing men men dont tell about

My mother and I began investigating the tragic and untimely death of my son in 2008. We were frustrated and unsatisfied with the investigation of local authorities after they overlooked critical information and quickly ruled the death a suicide. Tragic Love was a book collaborated by Tammy and Mary Rockett, it is an electrifying story of a young man who becomes involved in a forbidden love affair only to find himself in an abusive situation and he eventually succumbs to his untimely and tragic death. This is a dramatic story that we'd like to share with others.


Prologue to Tragic Love
I’m lost,” I said. “Where are you, I will find you, just stay put,” my
husband calmly said from his cell phone. I was almost frantic now.
I realized that I had never been to my son and his girlfriend’s new
apartment. How many times since they had moved out had Tim asked
me to come see their new place, and how many times did I respond by
saying, “I’ll come over one of these days.” Now it was too late! The man
on the phone said my son had shot himself. Surely this was a sick joke,
a mistake of some kind because my son was not dead. Yet, deep down
I knew something awful had happened.
I called my husband back on his cell phone to tell him where I was.
“Where is Tim,” I asked? He didn’t say anything, but not realizing that
I was still holding on the line, I heard him ask the coroner “is he gone?”
“Yes, the coroner said, your son is dead.”

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lano500 said:
If you like non-fiction, you will like:
.Dead Famous
.Horrible Science
.Murderous Maths
.Horrible Histories
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kkmmrew said:
if you like twilight youll love l.j smith books vampire diaries and NIGHT WORLD
youll also love vampire academy
P.S THEY ALLLLL HAVE FORBIDDEN ROMANCe
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kkmmrew said:
okay 4got to tell what they r bout
VAMPIRE ACADEMY is about a girl named rose and her best friend lissa a vampire princess and the last in her family line lissa has a verry rare power _btw all vamps have spechilize in elemental majic.....exept lissa-lissa has uncovered a new power called spirit a majic that makes her verry tired cause it comes from her esence because of spirit lissa can heal people walk through peoples thoughts and a LOT more oh if u save someone from the brink of death -like she did with rose- u r now bound to them so rose can sence her friends thouhts and feelings and when she feels verry strongly rose can see and experiance things that r happening 2 lissa it is because of this that lissa has 2 be protected at all times......there is so much more to tell u but there is a little bit of what its about


oh it also has TONES OF FORBIDDEN ROMANCE
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if you like supernatural fiction you will love the summoning by kelley armstrong and the books that follow it
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If you like fantasy you'll love the books of history chronicals by Ted dekker
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bleu22 said:
If you love mystery/romance you will ADORE Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler
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mdedrick said:
If you like romance, try:
I capture the castle by Dodie Smith

If you like books about finding yourself that are so funny but make you want to sob after reading them, try:
Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
The Deptford trilogy by Robertson Davies
or Nine Stories by JD Salinger.

If you like fantasy, try:
The Summoning by Kelley Armstong
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
anything by Scott Westefeld
anything by Tamora Pierce
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Aline1102 said:
If you like fantasy:
- The Lords of the Rings (3 books), J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
- Shadowland, Tad Williams
- The Chronicles of Narnia (7 books), C.S. Lewis
- Wardstone Chronicles, Joseph Delaney
- The Knights of Emerald, Anne Robillard
- Harry Potter (7 books), J.K Rowling

If you like romance:
- Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen
- Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
- Emma, Jane Austen
- Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
- Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

If you like historical fiction:
- The Catedral of the Sea, Ildefonso Falcones
- Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
- Antony and Cleopatra, Colleen McCullough
- Perfume, Patrick Süskind
- Hadrian's Memories, Marguerite Yourcenar
- Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden

If you like mystery books:
- The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
- Dracula, Bram Stoker
- The Best Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Allan Poe

If you like Spanish and South American authors:
- A Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
- Memoirs of my Melancholy Whores, Gabriel García Márquez
- Chronic of a Death Foretold, Gabriel García Márquez
- The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón

If you like chick-lit:
- The Devil Weard Prada, Lauren Weisenberger
- Bergdorf Blondes, Plum Sykes
- Bridget Jones' Diary, Helen Fielding
- Blabbermouth: Queen of Babble, Meg Cabot

If you like theatre:
- Dancing at Lughnasa, Brian Friel
- A Woman of No Importance, Oscar Wilde
- Lady Windermere's Fan, Oscar Wilde
- Hamlet, William Shakespeare

If you like thrillers:
- Violets are Blue, James Patterson
- It, Stephen King
- Carrie, Stephen King
- The Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris
- What Came Before he Shoot Her, Elizabeth George
- Playing for the Ashes, Elizabeth George
- The Anodyne Necklace, Martha Grimes
- Level 26: Dark Origins, Anthony E. Zuiker
- The Secret History, Donna Tartt
- The Surgeon, Tess Gerritsen
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If you like realistic fiction, you'll like
The Candymakers
Every Soul A Star
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
11 Birthdays
Finally
(all by Wendy Mass)

Millicent Min, Girl Genius
Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time
So Totally Emily Ebers
Warpspeed (esp. If you like Star Trek)
(all by Lisa Yee)

If you like Harry Potter, you'll like
The Legend of Holly Claus (Brittney Ryan)

If you like Asian/Asian-American characters/books, you'll like
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Year of the Dog
Year of the Rat
(all by Grace Lin)
The Great Wall of Lucy Wu (Wendy Wan-Long Shang)

I think these could be counted as Sci-Fi, but I'm not sure:
The Mysterious Benedict Society (there are 3 of them, by Trenton Lee Stewart)

Oh, and I just thought of some more realistic fiction/mystery
The Red Blazer Girls (it's a series, by Michael D. Beil)

I think that's everything... :D
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If you like Harry Potter you'll love...
Fanfiction! Best thing out there!
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Wardstone Chronicles

That would be my top three for Harry Potter fans.
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-If you liked Harry Potter, you'll love...
The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan
The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
The Gallagher Academy (Sorry don't know the author for this one. Spies not magic but still great for Harry Potter fans.)

-If you liked Twilight, you'll love...
Paranormalicy (again, I don't know the author)
Firespell

-If you liked the Hunger Games you'll love...
A Song of Ice and Fire by G.G.Martin

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If you like fantasy/magical adventures, you'll love...
The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan
A Song of Ice and Fire (not magical mainly, but contains magical elements and is set in a fantasy world)
Eragon by Christopher Paulini
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

If you like historical fiction/realistic adventures, you'll love...
The Witch Child (about the witch hunts)
Conn Iggulden's Series (about the Mongols);
-Wolves of The Plains
-Lords of the Bows
-Bones of the Hills
-Empire of Silver

If you like Science Fiction, you'll love....
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

If you like spies and all that stuff, you'll love...
The Gallagher Acedemy Series

If you like biographies & memoirs, you'll love...
Chinese Cinderella
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If you like fiction you will like...
these things hidden (don't know the author)
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Also if you like humor try
Sophia kinsella (author)
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If you like Twilight you will love:
The Watchers Trilogy by Karice Bolton
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Hunger Games Suzanne Collins


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If you like mythology like me than you will love the Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the hero's of Olympus, the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
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