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Read Alikes

Not sure what to read? First choice not available? Try one of these read-alikes based on the book you wanted, or one you've enjoyed in the past. Suggestions have been compiled with the help of the NoveList database (available through NebraskAccess) and include titles we have in our Book Club Kit collection.

A Man Called Ove Where'd You Go, Bernadette? Lilac Girls Little Fires Everywhere The Lovely Bones The Handmaid's Tale The Help The Rosie Project The Aviator's Wife Where The Crawdads Sing Educated After the Flood The Perisan Pickle Club Major Pettigrew's Last Stand The Alchemist One Tuesday Morning All the Light We Cannot See Gone Girl The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night The Memory Keeper's Daughter The Joy Luck Club Cold Sassy Tree Bel Canto How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents The Boy in the Black Suit New Kid Eleanor and Park Harbor Me Piecing Me Together Adventures of Beanboy Stupid Fast Orphan Train Meaning of Names Four Winds Anxious People The Henna Artist

If you liked A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (quirky/sympathetic characters, upbeat tone, witty writing, mainstream fiction), you might try…

If you liked Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple (precocious narrator, quirky characers, sardonic/witty, intricately plotted, mainstream fiction), you might try…

If you liked Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly (love during wartime, strong female characters, moving tone, compelling writing, historical fiction), you might try…

If you liked Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (unreliable narrator, twisted/unlikeable characters, intricate plot, fast-paced psychological suspense), you might try…

If you liked Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (complex characters, character-driven storyline, multiple perspectives, literary fiction), you might try…

If you liked The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (complex characters, moving tone, compelling writing, psychological fiction), you might try…

If you liked The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Dystopian fiction, complex characters, character-driven storyline, disturbing tone, lyrical writing), you might try…

If you liked The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Southern fiction, social issues, moving tone, historical fiction, women's lives), you might try…

If you liked The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin (strong female character, moving tone, lyrical writing, biographical/historical fiction), you might try…

If you liked Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Quirky/sympathetic characters, character-driven storyline, atmospheric tone, coming-of-age stories), you might try…

If you liked Educated by Tara Westover (memoir, eccentric/neglectful parents, heartwrenching tone, candid writing), you might try…

If you liked After the Flood by Kassandra Montag (apocalyptic fiction, strong female characters, action-packed storyline, haunting tone, compelling writing, science fiction), you might try…

If you liked Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (likeable characters, character-driven stoyrline, romantic tone, engaging writing, gentle reads, mainstream fiction), you might try…

If you liked The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (voyages and travels, plot-driven storyline, inspiring tone, lyrical writing, literacy fiction), you might try…

If you liked All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (complex characters, character-driven storyline, haunting tone, lyrical writing, literary/historical fiction), you might try…

If you liked The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon (Ability-diverse, character-driven, psychological fiction), you might try…

If you liked The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards (unhappy families, character-driven storyline, moving tone, pyschological fiction), you might try…

If you liked The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (women's lives and relationship, immigrant expericnes, authentic characters, characer-driven storyline, moving tone, lyrical writing, historical fiction), you might try…

If you liked Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (moving tone, lyrical writing, literary fiction), you might try…

If you liked How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez (immigrant experiences, authentic characters, character-driven storyline, emotionally-intense tone, theme of coping with death) ), you might try…

If you liked The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (Young Adult realistic fiction, African-American fiction character-driven storyline, heartwarming tone), you might try…

If you liked New Kid by Jerry Craft (Young Adult realistic fiction, graphic novel, African-American fiction, funny/moving tone), you might try…

If you liked Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (Young Adult realistic fiction, awkward/sympathetic/diverse characters, character-driven storyline, angst-ridden/romatic tone), you might try…

If you like Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson (middle grade fiction, realistic fiction, theme of "trouble at home", sympathetic characters, character-driven storyline, moving tone), you might try...

  • Mustaches For Maddie by Chad Morris - middle grade fiction, realistic fiction, likeable characters, character-driven storyline, theme of dealing with illness, moving tone.
  • Paper Things by Jennifer Jacobson - middle grade fiction, realistic fiction, sympathetic characters, character-driven storyline, moving tone.
  • Wish by Barbara O'Connor - middle grade fiction, realistic fiction, theme of "trouble at home", symphathetic characters, character-driven storyline, moving tone.

If you like Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson (YA fiction, African-American fiction, realistic fiction, authentic characters, character-driven storyline, lyrical tone), you might try...

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - YA fiction, realistic fiction, African-American fiction, authentic characters, character-driven storyline, theme of facing racism, issue-oriented.
  • The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake - YA fiction, realistic fiction, African-American fiction, character-driven storyline, emotionally-intense tone.

If you like The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader (middle grade fiction, realistic fiction, quirky characters, amusing tone), you might try...

If you like Stupid Fast by Geoff Herback (YA fiction, sports fiction, realistic fiction, character-driven storyline, angst-filled tone), you might try...

  • QB1 by Mike Lupica - middle grade fiction, sports fiction, realistic fiction, character-driven storyline, angst-filled tone.
  • Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak - YA fiction, realistic fiction, coming-of-age story, relatable characters, character-driven storyline, emotionally-intense tone.

If you like Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klein (Literary fiction, unlikely friendship, character-driven storyline, leisurely pace, moving tone), you might try...

If you like Meaning of Names by Karen Shoemaker (Historical fiction, epidemics, authentic characters, haunting tone), you might try...

If you like Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (Historical fiction, Depression/Dust Bowl era, dramatic tone, lyrical writing style), you might try...

If you liked Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (quirky/sympathetic characters, amusing tone, witty writing, intricately-plotted storyline, theme of "thrown together", mainstream fiction), you might try…

If you liked The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi (historical fiction, culturally-diverse characters, moving tone, engaging writing), you might try…









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