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When all of Susan Mallery’s books are checked out…

Chasing perfectSusan Mallery writes contemporary, moderately steamy, witty romances typically set in the western US.  Her characters are emotionally involving, and include world champion cyclists, reality tv show producers, underwear models, librarians and other heroes/heroines not often found in the romance novel universe. Her longest series, Fool” Gold,  features interrelated stories set in the fictional California town Fool’s Gold.

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When you’ve read all of Mitch Albom, why not try…?

Though not as prolific an author as many other best-sellers, Mitch Albom is known for his thoughtful, philosophical novels such as The Five People You Meet in Heaven, as well as for his inspiring non-fiction works like Tuesdays with Morrie.  

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My sources are unreliable, but their stories are fascinating: what to read if you liked Gone Girl and the Unreliable Narrator

Gone girl : a novelDid you read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl?  Did you love it?  Was it because the characters were so darn nice?  Just people you’d really like to know in real life and have over for dinner?

Thought not.

It was for the twists and turns, right?  The never quite knowing what was really going on? And of course to find out What Really Happened In The End, yes?

Here are more stories with unreliable narrators, stories that will yank the narrative rug out from under your readerly feet in the most delightful and unpredictable of ways.

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If you like Game of Thrones, why not try…

pizap.com13737439847881George R.R. Martin’s epic Song of Fire and Ice series is wildly popular, both as novels and as the tv miniseries.  The following suggested reads share with GoT exquisitely developed worlds (some parallel fantasy universes, some purely historical) in which their extensive casts of characters play out the epic stories filled with dynastic war, political machination, intrigue, romance, the quest for power, and the struggle to keep the world safe against mysterious forces.

Here is what George R.R. Martin is reading.  Call, text, chat, email us or stop by the library to place requests.

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Nora Roberts/JD Robb readalikes

Among the most popular writers of today, Nora Roberts writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense stories, featuring passionate, resourceful heroines and strong, empathetic heroes. Each story emphasizes relationships with family and friends while providing details of careers or adventure. Some recent titles include a paranormal element but a resolved, happy ending remains crucial to all of her tales. Her books may appeal to readers who do not usually read romance.

Writing as J. D. Robb, Roberts writes a series of futuristic romances/police procedural mysteries, featuring Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke. Police Investigator Dallas, an outspoken advocate for victims, fights crime in a futuristic landscape, where violence always threatens and the murders are particularly grisly.

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Nicholas Sparks readalikes

Author Nicholas SparksNicholas Sparks is a master of poignant love stories. In his novels there is no great love without some loss and his characters frequently are faced with a difficult challenge before proving they are worthy of true love. Sparks’ characters are honorable and loyal, and they place a lot of importance on family and sometimes religious faith. The pace of his stories is leisurely, quickening for rapid action and dialogue. Sparks’ writing is not dense and he aims for easy-to-read prose with a romantic tone.

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Mary Higgins Clark readalikes

For over three decades Mary Higgins Clark has been the benchmark for the suspense genre, writing fast-paced, intricately plotted, compelling stories of women and children in jeopardy, but told without sex, violence, or vulgar language. These novels unfold within a limited time frame, and readers are given the point of view of both the heroine and the villain. Readers can relate to the heroines of these stories. These women are intelligent and gutsy, and play an active role in extricating themselves from dangerous situations.

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John Grisham readadlikes

Although he established his reputation with fast-paced David-versus-Goliath legal thrillers, John Grisham’s recent work includes nonfiction and short stories and displays a distinctly darker outlook when writing about the law. His non-legal novels address coming-of-age issues and are more intimate and heartening. Issue-oriented storylines drive all his cinematic tales filled with engaging, sympathetic characters, dangerous secrets, and relentless pacing. His earlier legal thrillers are less provocative; more recent titles explore political and legal issues without  Hollywood endings. Grisham has also written a legal thriller series for older kids.

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If you like The Hunger Games….

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The Hunger Games

Catching Fire

Mockingjay

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Also check out this chart from Lawrence Public Library to pick the best Hunger Games readalike match for you!

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