Top Ten Tuesday: Readalikes

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week, the theme is readalikes.  The original prompt asked for ten books similar to each other, but unless I did a list comprised solely of Alan Furst or Ray Bradbury books, I wouldn’t be able to come up with much.  Instead, I’m doing pairs of readalikes.

Dark Angels by Karleen Koen reads like The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory.  These probably read like a host of other books – royal intrigue doesn’t vary much – but they share a lot of similarities.  Both feature young female protagonists, based on real women, who establish themselves as ladies-in-waiting in a court buzzing with rumors of the king wanting to divorce his barren queen.

The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril by Paul Malmont reads like The Serialist by David Gordon.  Both books feature slightly shlubby protagonists teaming up with beautiful women to solve dastardly crimes, with a bonus homages to the magic of books and writing itself.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams reads like Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett.  Both are humorous British books that tackle religion and philosophy; one has aliens, the other has angels.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads like East of Eden by John Steinbeck.  “Solitude” is magical realism while “East of Eden” is thoroughly real, but both are beautifully written family sagas brimming with curious characters and bizarre events.

The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan reads like Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors.  Both are about Indian empresses – in fact, “The Twentieth Wife” is about the aunt of the empress for whom the Taj Mahal was built, the subject of “Beneath a Marble Sky.”

What readalikes would you recommend?  The Broke & The Bookish has a great list based on one of my own picks, “The Other Boleyn Girl!”


2 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Readalikes

  1. Hmm…the most recent readalike I can think of is Tune In Tokyo: The Gaijin Dairies, by Tim Anderson. I bought it one day when it was the Kindle Daily Deal, and while I was reading, it reminded me a lot of Augusten Burroughs’ autobiographical short stories: both are first-person narrated by a punchy, lighthearted gay guy who is fond of pop culture, and both are told in the form of semi-connected vignettes that tend to wander amusingly from the point. Fun-fluff type stuff, basically.

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