If you didn’t like this, try that…

Because I felt like turning the “if you like this, try that…” post on its head. So I’ve picked a bunch of not-so-popular books and books I frankly just don’t like annnd have decided to suggest some (better) alternatives. Let’s get to it!

Twilight Try… basically any actual vampire book

But alright since I’m pushed to it, I’m suggesting the classic take (admittedly this one was tricky for me, since I don’t actually like vampire books much).

Duke and I Try A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting

A modern twist on regency that’s not rapey!! Also, it happens to be a lot of fun and hella romantic to boot.

Inspector Calls Try Between Shades of Grey

If you want to know what the ideas Priestly was promoting actually resulted in, try one this brilliant YA by Sepetys. Unless you think communism is cool, in which case, I can’t help you.

Eragon Try Lord of the Rings

And while you’re at it, maybe watch the original Star Wars trilogy. You’ll get an idea of what he was going for without having to read the work of a fourteen year old bankrolled by his parents.

Hush Hush Try Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Basically, I’d suggest not trying any other angel and demon love story. This is the only one you’ll ever need. Which is a good thing, since all the other ones are rubbish.

The Magicians Try Unkindness of Magicians

This might be one of the only ones where I’m in the minority, but for me an Unkindness of Magicians was the savage and cutting edge adult magician story I was looking for when I picked up the Magicians. If I could go back in time and only read one, I’d pick An Unkindness every time.

And that’s all for now! Have I convinced you to try any of these? Do you agree or disagree with some of my picks? And do you have any other (better) suggestions (particularly for Twilight)? Let me know in the comments!


8 thoughts on “If you didn’t like this, try that…

  1. “without having to read the work of a fourteen year old bankrolled by his parents.” IS THAT HOW HE GOT PUBLISHED SO YOUNG? I never read the Eragon books, and have no interest in them, but I’ve always wondered….

    AND 10000000% YES TO UNKINDNESS OF MAGICIANS. That book deserves to be so much more popular than it is!

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  2. These are great! I have read most of your suggestions, but will def keep an eye out for Between Shades of Grey.

    I tried to read Bram Stoker’s Dracula back in the 90s, when the movie came out, and I got about halfway through and then DNF’d. I have heard people say it drags in the middle, so I guess that’s what happened to me. Andrew Klavan has said it’s “a great novel, but a train wreck.” Fair.

    I haven’t read much vampire romance either. I like my vampires to be scary, I guess. I would think that for the Twilight atmosphere, readers could pick any novel that has a gothic vibe. They could branch out into ghost love stories maybe. I am currently reading Girl of Nightmares, which is a sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood, which I haven’t read, but it’s a YA ghost/witchcraft romance and while it’s not changing my world, it’s got to be better than Twilight.


  3. Pushing A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting on top of my list. I read the first few pages when it came out and was already enjoying it! I tried reading the first Bridgerton book but it wasn’t for me.


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