Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books To Read If You Like…


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the team over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a ‘if you like this, read this’ list. Instead of choosing one book/author and giving ten recommendations based on that one book/author, I decided to do ten separate ones instead.


simon-vs-the-homo-sapiens-agendaYou might like The Flywheel by Erin Gough.

The Flywheel is an Australian YA novel that has very similar themes to Simon vs by Becky Albertalli. These both contain LGBTQ+ characters and love interests who are hesitant about coming out to their family and friends. The Flywheel is about a lesbian relationship and is set in Sydney, Australia! They’re both light and fun reads!


twilightYou might like The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is, in my opinion, a far superior book to Twilight. Don’t get me wrong, my teenage self loved Twilight, but I just think that The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a much better vampire story. It’s also a standalone so you don’t need to push through 4 long books. And there’s also no love triangle!


the-fault-in-our-starsYou might like Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider.

The Fault In Our Stars is about two teenagers battling cancer and Extraordinary Means centres on two teenagers who are battling a new strand of tuberculosis. Both novels have really cute romances and are filled with fun and adventure. Also, both of these books made me cry like a baby… for hours and hours.


harry-potter-and-the-philosophers-stoneYou might like The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.

Harry Potter is a really well-loved series and I don’t think anything can compare to it. But The Iron Trial is a middle-grade series that features a magic school, magic system, and a trio of friends who remind me of Harry, Ron and Hermione. It’s fun and it’s fast-paced and if you try not to compare it to Harry Potter, it’s actually really good!


fangirlYou might like My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

I think I like My Life Next Door more than I like Fangirl (sorry!). Both books have adorable romances and explore family dynamics. These books both kept me up all night reading, and they left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. The male love interests in these books are some of my favourite contemporary guys ❀


anna-and-the-french-kissYou might like The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.

These are both really light and fluffy contemporary romances. They’re both set in European countries and feature an American female protagonist and a cute male love interest with a British accent. I love both Etienne and Oliver so, so much!


to-all-the-boys-ive-loved-beforeYou might like The Distance Between Us by Kasie West.

Again, these are both cute and fluffy contemporary romances. Both of these novels are page-turners and feature some really cute guys ❀ If you were frustrated by the love triangle in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, you’ll be pleased to hear that The Distance Between Us does not have multiple love interests!


cinderYou might like Wonderland by Robert McKay.

The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite series and what I love most about it is that each book is a sci-fi fairytale retelling. Wonderland is a sci-fi Alice in Wonderland retelling and I was surprised by how interesting the characters were, and how exciting and different the plot was to the original Lewis Carroll story.


the-perks-of-being-a-wallflowerYou might like The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is written in epistolary form, and I almost felt like Charlie was directly telling me his story. I had the same feeling when I read The Shock of the Fall. Both books are so honest and moving. They also both tackle some mental health issues if you’re into that sort of thing.


all-the-light-we-cannot-seeYou might like The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan.

I had to include All The Light We Cannot See in this post! Both of these books are prize winners. The Narrow Road To The Deep North won the 2014 Man Booker Prize 2014. Both are WWII historical fiction novels, one set in France and Germany and the other in Japanese Prisoner of War camps.

Do you guys have any recommendations based on the 10 books that I’ve featured today? I’m always looking for new books to read (even though my TBR pile is massive) so let me know your thoughts and opinions!


55 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books To Read If You Like…

    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I loved Extraordinary Means so much! It was really a surprise for me because I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did.

      And all of Jennifer E. Smith’s books have the same romantic vibe (maybe a bit more serious) as Stephanie Perkins’ books. I loved Anna, Lola and Isla so much, but I loved all of Jen E. Smith’s books as well.


  1. ChrissiReads says:

    Fantastic recommendations. I’ve read a few of the books you’ve picked to find a readalike and must check out some of these recommendations!


  2. aentee @ read at midnight says:

    Ooo these recommendations are totally on point, I really need to check out Flywheel and Simon VS, I FEEL LIKE I SAY THIS ABOUT SIMON VS EVERY SINGLE WEEK. How have I not read this book yet, I am such a flop. I just bought myself a new stack of Kindle books as well sigh so it will be a while. This is such an awesome week for TTT though, my favourite posts to read are actually the readalike posts because I WANT TO GROW MY TBR, I DO ❀

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Haha you do say that about Simon vs every single time! READ IT. It’s so quick you could finish it in one sitting. And I love The Flywheel because they mention all these places and I’m like OMG I KNOW THAT PLACE.

      AND WHO DOESN’T WANT TO GROW THEIR TBR? I bought Zeroes today… and this book that I saw on Josie’s blog THIS MORNING (I work fast). My physical TBR pile is overflowing.


      • aentee @ read at midnight says:

        I hope you enjoy Zeroes! I thought it was just OK… I bought Six of Crows just an hour ago and I am SO EXCITED. Hope that the hype is real because I adore heist!


          • aentee @ read at midnight says:

            Eh the Grisha trilogy was just so underwhelming (at least Shadow and Bones was) I don’t even wanna go there XD MAYBE if I start reading this and get confused.


          • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

            It’s a separate story with new characters so it should be fine. I think I heard that some characters and events from Grisha trilogy are mentioned so you get more out of Six of Crows if you read the trilogy first. I dunno.

            I’ll probably cave and just read Six of Crows tbh πŸ˜€


          • aentee @ read at midnight says:

            Yeah just read Six of Crows, life is too short and the TBR pile is too huge and the bank is too empty for me to get three books I know will be lacklustre XD *meanie*


          • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

            Also, I cannot find the trilogy anywhere in stores… Dymocks occasionally has mismatched books.

            OMG today I saw the most beautiful signed hardback (AUS) copy of Goliath by Scott Westerfeld in Kinokuniya. But of course, the first two books are in paperback. And the hardback versions of them are out of print. Matching paperback of Goliath does not exist. Also can’t get the US hardbacks because they’re shorter.

            OMG THE RAGE.


          • aentee @ read at midnight says:

            OMG I would have bought that book in a heartbeat anyway I love The Leviathan series SO MUCH! I keep seeing The Grisha trilogy at my own Dymocks and I want to buy it just because the covers are so pretty. BUT I MUST RESIST.


          • aentee @ read at midnight says:

            Kinokuniya has so many events I WANT TO GO TO SYDNEY JUST FOR IT. Hopefully not, go to university extra early and swoop in!


  3. Samantha Reed says:

    I loved My Life Next Door! I might be a little biased considering the main characters name is exactly the same as my own, but the overall story was wonderful too. : )

    Some really good books to read, if you haven’t already, are:

    Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    The Nightworld Series ( if you want to try vampires again) by L J Smith
    The Lux Series by Jennifer L Armentrout
    Some Boys by Patty Blount
    The Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer

    All of them are
    amazing! At least in my opinion ; D


  4. Lois says:

    I absolutely adore My Life Next Door. I may even go so far as to say it;s in my top 3 all time favourite contemporary books. I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight cause I though it’d be one cliche after another. How wrong was I haha.
    I’ve been wanting to get my hands on All the Light we Cannot See for so long now cause I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about that book.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I think My Life Next Door might be one of my favourite contemporaries too. Her other books are also fantastic!

      I was also a little bit surprised by The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight. I went into it thinking it was just going to be a fluffy romance but it tackled so many deeper issues. I was really impressed with all the family elements the book had.

      And you NEED to read All The Light We Cannot See! I cannot recommend it highly enough. I love, love, LOVE that book!

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  5. Josephine says:

    Wonderful picks for this topic! I ended up not doing a TTT post because I couldn’t pick enough books! And while I haven’t read most of these popular books, they are high on my list and your recommendations will go right along side them!
    Wonderful post. xoxo

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I had a really hard time too. I was also planning not to post but then I thought, why not just feature 10 books and 10 similar recommendations. I looked at the topics for the next few weeks and they’re so hard to do!!

      I hope you decide to pick up some of these books. I enjoyed all of them!

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  6. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads) says:

    Ooh these are all such great recommendations! I still need to read Simon myself but I can definitely see the parallels with it and The Flywheel which was one of my favourite reads of 2015. IT WAS JUST SO CUTE AND ASDFGHJKL; I’m curious about Wonderland – never heard of that one before!

    Great post, Jenna <33


    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Yes! If you enjoyed The Flywheel, you definitely need to read Simon. It’s got the same light tone and fast pace but it’s more sweet and adorable. Plus there are oreos involved!

      Wonderland was self-published and the author contacted me about reading it. I ended up enjoying it more than I expected to, which is always great with self-published works!


  7. vlangloisx3 says:

    Yes another WWII book I didn’t know about! Adding that to my TBR list πŸ™‚ And I’ve been meaning to read The Shock of the Fall for awhile now, but just haven’t been able to get to it πŸ˜› Same with Coldest Girl In Coldtown. I’ve borrowed it from the library a couple times, but then never got to reading it.

    Thanks for all the recs!!

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