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This week’s theme is ‘Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them’.
While there are certain tropes and themes I love to read that I’ll consume again and again, I don’t tend to seek out books exactly like whichever book I’ve just read because, well, I’ve read it! There are definitely books I’ve read, though, that have sparked my interest in something new or made me consider a kind of book I never thought I’d enjoy…
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo made me crave heists
Heist stories are so much fun, but I don’t think I actually read a heist novel before I read Six of Crows. Not because I was avoiding them, I just never found myself picking a book up that sounded interesting to me that also happened to be a heist story and, to be honest, I feel like heist stories are the kind of stories we probably see more of in film and television. This novel quickly became one of my all-time favourites and made me realise how much I love reading novels about con artists – so much so that, the year after I read it, I finally read The Lies of Locke Lamora!
Witch Child by Celia Rees made me crave witches
I love witches. I love them when they’re good and when they’re bad, and have done since my childhood. I have such fond memories of watching The Witches and Hocus Pocus when I was a little girl, but this novel by Celia Rees sparked my interest in reading stories about the witch trials that swept across Europe and North American in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty made me crave desert fantasy
I do not cope well in the heat. I was born in October – I’m an autumn baby! – so I tend to prefer the weather in the cooler months of the year purely because I can’t stand being hot, even though I do love spring and summer, too. I have come to realise, however, that I tend to prefer fantasy set in warmer climates, and The City of Brass sparked my interest in reading more desert fantasy. I’ve since finished this trilogy and read Empire of Sand, and I can’t wait to get even more desert fantasy under my belt!
How to be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis made me crave non-fiction
When I left university I couldn’t read non-fiction without wanting to take a nap because I associated it with the academic texts in the library that I read for my various essays. How to be a Heroine was the first piece of non-fiction that I enjoyed so much I struggled to put it down, and it helped me to discover the kinds of non-fiction I enjoy. I still don’t read as much non-fiction as I’d like – I’m a fiction girl at heart – but the non-fiction I love, I love.
Entreat Me by Grace Draven made me crave Beauty and the Beast retellings
Disney’s 1991 Beauty and the Beast is my favourite film of all time, so much so that I tend to stay away from Beauty and the Beast retellings because I worry all I’ll do is compare them to it. Entreat Me was not only my first Grace Draven novel, which introduced me to romantasy, but also the first time I read a Beauty and the Beast retelling that made me realise there are so many different ways to tell the story, so I need to stop talking myself out of reading them. I’ve since read and enjoyed Bryony and Roses, and there are several other retellings on my TBR!
His Scandalous Lessons by Katrina Kendrick made me crave historical romance
It’s only in the past few years that I’ve jumped headfirst into the romance genre and historical romance is the subgenre I was very hesitant to try, despite my love of historical fiction, because the covers and titles always seemed so cheesy to me. I finally got over myself, though, and gave Katrina Kendrick’s historical romances a try and really enjoyed them – so much so that I’ve since read more historical romance, like The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics.
Feed by Mira Grant made me crave zombies
For years I assumed zombie stories just weren’t my thing. I never got past the first season of The Walking Dead and zombie novels just didn’t interest me, but for whatever reason whenever I came across Feed in Waterstones I would always stop, pick it up and read the back. I finally got a copy back in 2014, and when I read it it became one of my favourite novels of all time. This book made me sob and I’m still not over it. Now I love zombie stories, and I’ve since read and loved Dread Nation!
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus made me crave YA thrillers
For me, thrillers are fantastic palate cleansers, particularly when they’re so fast-paced that I can’t bear to put them down. One of Us is Lying is the book that made me realise how perfectly YA thrillers suit my taste because I can speed through them – I read both One of Us is Lying and One of Us is Next in a few hours – and there’s something about a thriller mixed with the heightened drama of being a teenager that makes them so much fun to read.
Affinity by Sarah Waters made me crave LGBT+ historical fiction
I’m so happy that readers today have so much more choice when it comes to LGBT+ representation in fiction; I never came across characters on the LGBT+ spectrum in the books I was reading as a teenager. Reading Affinity inspired me to actively seek out more historical stories with queer women at their centre.
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison made me crave high fantasy
How could I pass up an opportunity to mention my all-time favourite novel? 2015 was one of the best reading years I’ve ever had; it was my first full year out of education and into work, so I suddenly found myself with much more an opportunity to read for fun than to read something I’d been assigned. While I’ve always loved the fantastical I fell out of love with high fantasy for a few years – I struggled with new worlds, and books that opened with a map and a character list filled me with dread – but The Goblin Emperor eased me back into the world of high fantasy by proving that there’s no reason why I can’t enjoy quiet novels, and not stories about the end of the world. I adore it.