Books to Read Based on Your Book of the Month Club Favorites
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If you’ve got a Book of the Month subscription, you know it’s a godsend for us lazy readers who want to read what’s good without actually doing the research or staying hip with book trends. And, more than likely, you’ve fallen in love with one of their recommendations and realized that if you want a similar story you’re going to have to start digging for comparable books. Fear not, lazy reader! We’ve collected an easy list of books to read based on your favorite titles from Book of the Month below.
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If you loved the feminine strength in Circe, you’ll root for the heroines in Madam
Set in an ancestral castle in the rocky cliffs of Scotland, Phoebe Wynne’s glorious gothic carries the same feminist power and inspiring characters as Circe did. When our SFP (strong female protagonist) Rose Christie steps into the role of the school’s Head of Classics, she feels imposter syndrome creeping in. The prestige of Caldonbrae is unrivaled, and the elitist traditional culture clashes with Rose’s modern views. And as she begins to learn more about the school’s past - and her predecessor - Rose unearths an insidious true purpose of the school, and her own involvement in it.
If you were attached to the course of life and love in Friends and Strangers, you’ll get wrapped up in The Liability of Love
While Friends and Strangers explored how just one year could mold the rest of someone’s life, Susan Schoenberger uses her novel as a window into marriage, trauma, and growth after one single night. Margaret Carlyle’s innocent search for an epic love is manipulated into a journey of healing when she is raped on a date in her first year of college. As time goes on, she can’t seem to make a decision without being driven by what happened that night. When her rapist becomes a famous actor, the effects are catastrophic - on her, her marriage, and everyone around her.
If you trekked happily through wilderness and familial bonds in The Great Alone, you’ll get lost in Sugar Birds
In the breathtaking and unforgiving wilderness of Washington, Sugar Birds is evocative of the inner independence and family dependence of The Great Alone with a self-discovery twist. To give her a break from her mother’s depression, Aggie’s father teaches her how to find wild bird nests. When her anger at her mother fuels an accidental fire, Aggie flees downriver into the forest. Meanwhile, Celia is visiting with her grandmother to escape her own familial trauma. She throws herself into the search for Aggie, but finds herself swept up in two arresting young men - one is Autistic and one is dangerous - as both girls encounter the power of forgiveness.
If you were hooked on the risqué-ness of City of Girls, you’ll be entranced by the New York stage in The Show Girl
With the spotlight on the glamorous stages of New York, fans of City of Girls need look no further than The Show Girl. In the late 1920s, Olive McCormick transforms herself from Minneapolis dreamer to NYC showgirl after plenty of sacrifices and perseverance. The glamorous new lifestyle is everything she had hoped for; and it only intensifies when she meets Archie Carmichael, a handsome, wealthy, and seemingly progressive man who accepts her modern ways. But after she accepts his marriage proposal, things start to shift, and Olive grapples with her decision to reveal a secret that would sacrifice her new life for the man she loves.
If you loved the family drama of The Identicals, you’ll get swept up in Love Next Door
This romance contains all of the family ostracization you know you found juicy in The Identicals with a sweet small-town enemies to lovers element. Dillon Stitch has reluctantly returned to her hometown to recover the family business after her brother gets into trouble. She soon meets their new neighbor, the grandson of the old neighbor, in all his unclothed glory. What starts out as a rocky, bickering relationship sparks an attraction made complicated by both of their family’s issues, and both of them realize home can sometimes be complicated, not where the heart is.
If you loved crossing generations in All Adults Here, you’ll feel like part of the family in Write My Name Across the Sky
Stories that span generations are sweetly nostalgic, and Barbara O’Neal’s latest is no exception. Three women in different stages grapple with their pasts and where it has led them. Gloria Rose is enjoying her sweet 70s, until she learns that her old flame has been busted for art theft and forgery and remembers her own involvement. Meanwhile, Willow is licking her wounds from a failed music career and relationship, and Sam is on the verge of losing her business and her man. With consequences that could destroy their futures, each woman must reconcile their interwoven traumas to save their lives - and their relationships with each other.
If you swooned for the progressive enemies-to-lovers in The Heiress Gets a Duke, you’ll feel the heat in The Ice Swan
Everyone drools over a good enemies-to-lovers storyline, and 8The Heiress Gets a Duke* was particularly addictive because of the forbidden element the heiress’ progressive mindset created. In The Ice Swan, readers will be swept up in the dangers of being a Russian aristocrat during the Russian Revolution and a marriage of convenience. While one such aristocrat, Princess Svetlana Dalsky, is hiding in Paris, she meets Wynn MacCallan in a nightclub full of drinking, dancing, and questionable deals. Out of money and options, she agrees to a marriage, which Wynn hopes will foster a relationship of love. But his life takes an unexpected turn, and the couple begin to wonder if they’ll ever escape danger.
If you couldn’t get enough of the queer NYC love in When Katie Met Cassidy, then start your engines for One Last Stop
One Last Stop has all of the laughs and discovery of love in NYC as When Katie Met Cassidy with a supernatural twist. Cynical NY transplant August has given up on finding her soulmate. She’s resigned herself to going through life alone when she meets a girl out of her dreams - and, she realizes, out of her time. Jane is stuck in the wrong decade and needs August’s help to get back to her own timeline. August will need to start believing in all the things she’d given up on in order to save her - including the idea that she needs to go through life alone.
You can purchase One Last Stop(https://bookshop.org/books/one-last-stop/9781250244499) by Casey McQuiston [here]( and When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri herehttps://bookshop.org/books/when-katie-met-cassidy/9780735212824.
If you were gripped by the mystery in the gymnastics team in You Will Know Me, your heart will race from the track thriller They’ll Never Catch Us
We don’t know what it is about YA sports and mysteries, but they’re addictive. And just like You Will Know Me, you won’t be able to put down They’ll Never Catch Us. Stella and Ellie are two competitive sisters who love and live running. But while Ellie has a life outside of track, Stella won’t let anything distract her. When new girl Mila shows up in town, the sisters feel threatened by competition. But they each start to warm up to her, and even see themselves in her - until she disappears, and all eyes are on Ellie and Stella.
If you were awed by the determination in The Girl with the Louding Voice, you’ll be inspired by everyman
Much like in The Girl with the Louding Voice, our main character in everyman struggles through her past, who she is now, and what she wants from her future. Eve Mann is searching for the truth behind her parents, who they are, and who they were while also discovering her name, who she is, and where she comes from. At the core of this story are the rebellious Black women who fight against the suppression of their society with awe-inspiring strength, something that gives Eve the motivation to find her answers.
If the family drama of The Last Thing He Told Me left you spinning, Del Rio’s even messier connections will have you reeling
Families with power always seem to get in trouble with the law, with crime, and with each other, as we saw in The Last Thing He Told Me. In Del Rio, readers will follow District Attorney Callie McCall as she navigates a Central Valley farm town full of llanterias, run-down Dollar Stores, and mini-marts that sell one-way bus tickets straight to Tijuana on the Flecha Amarilla line - basically a place to drive through with windows up and doors locked. Callie sees it as an opportunity to launch a political career. But soon she faces a make-or-break case that pits her against the most ruthless, politically connected family in California... her own.
If you were swept up in Aftershocks, you’ll be captivated by Rebellion, 1967
Lovers of Aftershocks will easily enjoy Rebellion, 1967: they’re both memoirs about finding belonging after losing your sense of family. In Rebellion, 1967, spunky seventeen-year-old Irish girl Janet Duffy perseveres to go to college, despite her alcoholic father and self-absorbed mother nearly jeopardizing her opportunity. With a commute from her apartment with her sister in Jamaica, Queens and City College in Manhattan, New York, the trip is brutal; but she makes it work, along with getting involved with the Black community, marching with Dr. MLK, Jr., and falling in love - until the dangers of poverty and sexual harassment become too much, and she learns to ask for help.
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