Books in Pairs
You all know the recommedation-style of "if you like this, you may like that aswell". My Books in Pairs mostly that, with the addition of some pairings with different pieces of media, or pairs where I hated one and recommend you an alternative I liked better.
If you liked this, you might also like...
If you liked: Circe by Madeline Miller
you might like: Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Two strong female (side)characters from Ancient Greek Mythology given voice in the most lyrical and beautiful prose imaginable.
If you liked: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
you might like: A thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
Retelling of the Trojan War, from the perspective of the lesser known women standing by the sides of famous heroes.
- If you liked: The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni
you might like: Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
Stunning nature-writing combined with character portraits of damaged women against a background of arctic isolation.
- If you liked: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
you might like: One Upon a River by Dianne Setterfield
Historical fiction about the lines of science and mythology blurring on the English riverside.
- If you liked: Things in Jars by Jess Kidd
you might like: The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
London-based historical fiction about collectors of curiosities who stumble upon what may or may not be a mermaid.
- If you liked: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Gutterson
you might like:Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
A court-trial stirrs up memories of prejudice, outcasts and forbidden love in a small town community.
- If you liked: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
you might like: Constellations by Sinead Gleeson
Sight by Jessie Greengrass
Beautifully written memoirs in which women combine science with an exploration of body, health, motherhood and more.
- If you liked: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
you might like: Piranesi by Susanne Clarke
Lyrical, slow paced stories of characters wandering the halls of their own extended mind-palaces.
If you liked: The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
you might like: Foundry Side by Robert Jackson Bennett
High fantasy novels by celebrated authors, featuring a strong female protagonist, a heist-plotline and very different but similar feeling magicsystems.
If you liked: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
you might like: In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey
Gothic hauntings set in remote English manors, where the ghost could be supernatural or psychological in nature.
If you liked: The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
you might like: Semiosis by Sue Burke or Bloom by Kenneth Oppel
A dystopian future in which humans are at odds with a species of sentient (extra-terrestrial) plants...
If you liked: Sight by Jessie Greengrass
you might like: The Upstairs House by Julia Fine
Two modern explorations of the beauty and horrors of motherhood, intertwined with elements of historical memoirs from the past...
If you liked: What Should be Wild by Julia Fine
you might like: Feathertide by Beth Cartwright
Young women plagued with strange afflictions leave their sheltered homes, in search for their fathers and uncover (family) secrets in a world that's a bit more magical, and a bit more sinister than our own.
If you liked: The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
you might like: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
YA-fantasy-heist stories involving colourful and diverse casts of characters that are some of the best represenation the YA-fantasy genre has to offer.
If you liked: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
you might like: Challenger Deep by Neal Schusterman
Imaginative and heartfelt stories that use fantasy element to explore the inner world of teenagers with life-changing illnesses.
If you liked: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
you might like: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
action-packed YA urban fantasy featuring a "dimensional" traveling protagonist and banter-filled side kicks. One set in New York, one in London.
If you liked: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
you might like: When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
Magical realism set in small towns about being different and feeling like an outsider. Both written in highly lyrical prose that is art in its own right.
If you liked: We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lunde
you might like: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Or: If These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley
Small town atmospheric magical realism about tight-knit communities and an unexplainable threat, representative of a more mundane and relatable evil.
If you liked: If These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley
you might like: Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power
both YA-novels that portray domestic and parental abuse through the lens of magical realism.
If you liked: Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrande
you might like: Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Feminist YA horror featuring F-F romance.
If you liked: Here there are Monsters by Amelinda Bérube
you might like: The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher
This one only works one way, as I personally didn't like the former at all. If, like me, you liked the creepy forest setting and the idea behind these creatures, but didn't like the juvenile protagonists and teen drama: The Twisted Ones is for you. It also happens to be funny as an added bonus as well.
If you liked: The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake
you might like: Like Water by Rebecca Podos
both beautifully written stories set over the summer, dealing with family struggles and a wonderful F-F romance. Also water-motif throughout both.
If you liked: Wilder Girls by Rory Power, you might like: Horrid by Katrina Leno
Combining body horror, grief and a whole lot of strangeness, both of these books are sure to unsettle and creep you out. It doesn't hurt that both are stunning to look at either.
If you liked: Stranger Things
you might like: The Devouring Gray - Christine Lynn Hermann
Small town teens with superpowers fight a supernatural threat from a "shadow-dimension"
If you liked: Disney's Atlantis
you might like: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Scholarly man with a very niche research-field finds a hidden city and love within.
If you liked: Hotel Transylvania
you might like: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klune
Wholesome and heartfelt adventures in a house filled with monsters, who honestly are a lot more adorable than they are scary.
If you liked: The Shape of Water
you might like: Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz
Modern fairytale about a girl who falls in love with a fish-man. Both are a bit dark, and probably as weird as you imagine based off the synopsis.
If you liked: Prometheus
you might like: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
The infection of a xenobiologist with an alien parasite leads to life-threatening situations and rising questions about transcendence and what it means to be human.
If you liked: Slasher-movies
you might like: Final Girls by Riley Sager
Serial killer hunting down vitcims, who coincidentally happen to be scarcely clad college girls. Okay, the book is a bit more feminist-friendly...