“Like that? Read this!” Book Recommendations

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all enjoyed the first few days of the month! I’ve been meaning to do a “Like that? Read this!” book recommendations post for quite some time, and I’m FINALLY getting around to it! Better late than never, eh?

Anyways, get ready for what I think are some pretty great recommendations! The books matched together in this post are ones that I think share enough similarities that you’ll enjoy the one you HAVEN’T read if you loved the other. I always find these posts super helpful, as it’s such a pain trying to find books similar to your faves! Or even if you haven’t read any of the following books, I still recommend them regardless! I hope you guys enjoy this list, and if you do, let me know if you’d be interested in a Part 2!

Now, without further ado, let’s begin!

While A Court of Thorns and Roses and Cruel Beauty are completely different stories, they have several similarities that make them both very enjoyable reads! They are both Beauty and the Beast retellings, but where ACOTAR follows the fairy tale very loosely, Cruel Beauty doesn’t stray too far from the original plot elements. Cruel Beauty is a great alternative to ACOTAR if you don’t want to worry about committing to a series, or if you’re an ACOTAR fan craving something similar! Cruel Beauty is a far more dark, mysterious version of ACOTAR, so if you’re into that, this book is right up your alley!

The similarities between these two books are impossible to ignore. They’re both set in dystopian societies ruled with iron fists, the only difference being that female oppression and patriarchy are more prominent themes in The Grace Year. Not only that, but both books tell the story of girls who are forced into deadly competitions where only the fittest will survive. But where The Hunger Games is more action driven and violent, The Grace Year compels readers with its dark and eerie atmosphere. These books are unique in different ways, but they share the same elements of dystopian suspense and addictiveness, making them both impossible to put down!

Both of these books are breathtaking sci-fi love stories that also contain elements of dystopia, mystery, and suspense. These Broken Stars is definitely my favorite of the two, as I prefer its writing style and characters, but Across the Universe is still a great YA read that will satisfy your cravings for sci-fi action and mystery! What I find funny is that both of these books have covers that suggest they are simply romance novels, and romance novels alone. But that’s not the case at all! Sure, they both have a romantic element, but the majority of each story focuses on a greater plot. I love both of these covers, but they don’t capture all the suspense and creepiness that make these stories so great! Regardless of the covers, though, I highly recommend picking up either of these wonderful science fiction adventures! They’re both the first books in trilogies, so they’re perfect for binge reading!

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To Kill a Kingdom and All the Stars and Teeth are probably my two all-time favorite mermaid books… And I’ve read A LOT of mermaid books! These books are very different plot-wise, but they contain many of the same fantasy elements, for instance… mermaids! And pirates! And badass princesses who will do anything for their kingdoms! If you’re a mermaid worshipper like me, you literally need to stop whatever you’re doing right now and pick up either of these books. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

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This is gonna sound mean, but Girls of Paper and Fire is basically the less trashy version of The Selection. There, I said it. Plus, it takes inspiration from East Asian culture, and that’s pretty epic too. The atmospheres of these stories are very different, but they both have the whole “A bunch of attractive girls are sent to the palace to impress the prince/king” thing going for them. Except in Girls of Paper and Fire, it’s seen as a much more oppressive/demeaning thing. Another book I could match with these two is Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart. It has the same basic plot as The Selection, but it contains themes of female strength and empowerment, much like Girls of Paper and Fire. And y’all, I don’t mean to hate on The Selection. I love that book with all my heart. But if you’re looking for something more empowering, Girls of Paper and Fire or Grace & Fury are definitely the way to go.

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That’s it for now, friends! Did you see any books on this list that you might be interested in reading? I hope you did! I had such a blast creating this post, and I’m probably going to be making a Part 2 that literally no one asked for… LOL.

I hope you’re all having a fantastic August, and stay tuned for more fun book recommendations post from me in the future!

Bye for now,

11 thoughts on ““Like that? Read this!” Book Recommendations

  1. melbraxton says:

    This is such a cool piece! I love it! Both To Kill a Kingdom and All the Stars and Teeth are high on my TBR, so it was great to see them together. (To Kill a Kingdom is now my next up! I’ll start once I finish War Girls)

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  2. readingbystarlightblog says:

    Oh these recommendations are spot on! I mean, A Court of Thorns and Roses with Cruel Beauty??? Perfect! The Starbound Trilogy with Across the Universe??? Oh yes! To Kill a Kingdom and All the Stars and Teeth??? Literally the very same vibe!

    Great post as always, Octavia! πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

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  3. R A I N says:

    Okay this has to be one of the best AND the prettiest recommendation posts I have read in SOOO long!! LOVED THIS SO MUCH, Octavia!! And I actually just started reading A Throne of Glass series!!! And I am already in loveee – I can’t wait to read ACOTAR next!! 😍😍😍


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