My latest idea is to do a little spout of ‘bookish matchmaking’. Quite simply, I plan on taking a series of popular, well known novels and then providing some perhaps less known book suggestions for people looking for comparable stories. The books may be similar in theme, characters/voice, plot, genre or just overall ~vibe~.
Today’s matchmaking centres around an incredibly popular book (& recent movie), Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart. Quite honestly (no pun intended) one of my favourite books of all time. A big statement, sure, but the book really was just that good. Sweet, sad, a little funny and just so memorable; I would recommend this book to anyone, especially fans of Wonder.
The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. Another memorable book, this one looks at mental illness, a topic that I was impressed to see in middle grade fiction when I read it a few years ago. Beautifully written & with a voice that echoes that of Wonder, this book is more than worthy of its place on my list.
Out of My Mind Sharon M. Draper. Probably the most popular book on this list (in terms of ratings, at least), Out of My Mind was one of the most eye opening books of my childhood. While some of the slang/colloquialism is a little unrealistic/out of date, the story has a good message.
A Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater. A lovely novel about a boy with a stutter, I was astounded to see that this book only had 52 reviews on Goodreads. I loved the characters and the twist at the end was completely unexpected.
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson. I had never read a book about a child with OCD before and this one was an enjoyable first. Despite being quite simple and somewhat childish, I found this book to be suitably original.
Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts on them?