What to flip through in the upcoming season
Reading isn’t for everyone. Some people love it, some despise it, and many find themselves somewhere in the middle. Yet, one thing rings true across all three spectrums; it’s never a bad thing to find yourself lost in a good book. That is, if you can find one. Every person is different and has different tastes in literature, so it’s easier to find a good book for some people more than others. However, as impossible as it may seem, it can be done. One of the easiest ways to do so is to base your reading choices off of great books that you’ve already read and enjoyed. Listed below are three books you’ve probably already read or at least heard of, and three more books that are similar, as good and maybe even better than them. Who knows? Maybe one will catch your eye and you can finally get started on that pesky New Year’s Resolution of “reading more”.
If you’ve read and loved the action packed epic fantasy Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard or the space-set dystopian Red Rising by Pierce Brown, you’re in for a treat if you decide to pick up The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (published 2016).
Red Queen follows Mare Barrow, a measly peasant girl with a knack for thievery that lives in a world divided by blood. Red bloods like Mare make up the laborers, soldiers and servants, while the mighty Silver Bloods rule. That is, until Mare learns she has powers of her own, a terrifying discovery that could get her killed, or worse. Also set in a world divided by blood, but on Mars, Red Rising follows lowly miner Darrow, who attempts to overturn the RomanStyle social structure of his world. The Diabolic is almost a perfect combination of the two books, but with wonderful and unique surprises of it’s own. Set in space in a futuristic society like Red Rising, The Diabolic is also full of political corruption, false identities and countless plot twists like the critically acclaimed Red Queen. This book is strong recommendation for anyone looking for an otherworldly action packed fantasy read.
One of the more popular non fiction reads of the past couple of years, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is the true World War II survival story of a 1936 Olympian who fights in the war, eventually crashing in a bomber plane on the Pacific ocean and later finding himself captured by the Japanese.
Although she’s a fiction writer, another author you might want to check out is Donna Jo Napoli. Napoli writes powerful and haunting historical fiction novels, such as Stones in Water– A Holocaust story, that features fictional characters, but disturbingly real historical places and events. Both Unbroken and many of Donna Jo Napoli’s books remind us that history can drastically surprise us.
Rainbow Rowell is another incredible author that many have come to know and love over the years. Her contemporary books Fangirl and Eleanor and Park are well known, and for a good reason. Rowell’s writing is emotion-stirring, love filled and real, her characters memorable. If you’re looking for another similar feel-good read that isn’t your typical poorly written romance novel with a predictable ending, try looking into one of Nicola Yoon’s two books; Everything Everything and The Sun is Also a
Star. Everything Everything is a lovely story about a teen named Maddie who hasn’t left her house in years because of her rare diseases that practically causes her to be “allergic” to the outside world.
The book can be easily devoured in one sitting. The Sun is Also a Star, Yoon’s newest novel, is a multiple perspective contemporary that takes place in New York City over the span of less than a day. The story follows Daniel, a young aspiring Korean poet who is being pressured by his parents to become a doctor, and Natasha, a young Jamaican girl who believes in facts over fate, and is being deported back home a few short hours after the story begins. Fans of Rainbow Rowell will adore Nicola Yoon’s sweet and pleasantly uplifting and refreshing writing.
By Natalie Manley