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The hardest question….

book rec

So your a reviewer, a writer, a publisher, a bookseller, a librarian, or simply just an avid reader?

I’m a combination of the above and still I’ve found the hardest question to answer to be: Can you recommend me a good book?

The fact is, it’s almost judging a book by it’s cover. A ‘good’ book is a purely subjective term – one person could love a certain book, while the next one hates it. A book, no matter how brilliantly written will not be enjoyed by everyone, and will not be everyone’s cup of tea!

As a librarian, one side effect is that, while I do read – a lot – I have not read every book in the library, or even read the blurb on the back cover of them all. So when someone asks me to recommend them a ‘good’ book, I almost freeze.

But in order to find out what books they like, I have to find out what they normally read. (This is fine and relatively easy when they do read, but I have had people in the past who haven’t read anything for ten years or more and asking for a recommendation, with all the different genres and style of writing, this task is a lot more difficult when your faced with a non-reader – but even this obstacle can be overcome).

Following this, the easiest thing to do is recommend an author similar to the one they have read previously.

So, basically, it’s a if you liked, you’ll love…kinda thing.

Crime and Adventure

If you liked

Peter James, you may like Simon Kernick, Michael Connelly, David Baldacci, Lee Child, Ian Rankin, John Grisham, Jeffrey Deaver, Patricia Cornwell, Tom Clancy, Brad Thor…..etc

Clive Cussler, you may like Wilbur Smith, Bernard Cornwell, Matthew Reilly, Jack Higgins, Steve Berry, Vince Flynn…etc

Karen Rose, you may like Mandasue Heller, Jo Nesbo, Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen, Lisa Gardner, Karen Robards, Beverly Barton, Kathy Reichs, Sandra Brown…..etc


If you liked

Wilbur Smith, you may like Bernard Cornwell, Christian Jacq, CJ Sansom, John Stack, Jean M Auel, Robyn Young…etc

Simon Scarrow, you may like Ben Kane, Anthony Riches, Robert Low, Tim Severin, Douglas Jackson…etc

Patrick O’Brian, you may like Julian Stockwin, Alexander Kent, William Napier, Allan Mallinson…etc

Elizabeth Chadwick, you may like Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir, Diana Gabaldon, Stephanie Laurens, Barbara Erskine, Susanna Gregory…etc


If you liked

Maeve Binchy, you may like Danielle Steel, Cathy Kelly, Marian Keyes…etc

Kate Morton, you may like Kate Mosse, Rachel Hore, Santa Montefiore…etc


If you liked

Cathy Kelly, you may like Sophie Kinsella, Jane Green, Louise Bagshawe, Catherine Alliot, Cecelia Ahern, Carole Matthews, Katie Fford…etc


If you liked

Stephen King, you may like Dean Koontz, James Herbert, Shaun Hutson, Susan Hill, Graham Masterton..etc


If you liked

Terry Pratchett, you may like Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, Raymond E Feist, Robin Hobb, Trudi Cavavan, Frank Herbert, George R R Martin…etc


If you liked

Arthur C Clarke, you may like Douglas Adams, Philip K Dick, Stephen Donaldson, Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey, Kevin J Anderson, Peter F Hamilton…etc

Paranormal Romance

If you liked

Charlaine Harris, you may like JR Ward, Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kelley Armstrong, Richelle Mead, Kresley Cole, Rachel Caine, PC Cast…etc


If you liked

Dilly Court, you may like Katie Flynn, Annie Groves, Rita Bradshaw, Lyn Andrews, Rosie Goodwin, Rosie Harris, Maureen Lee, Marcia Willett, Pam Evans…etc

Plus here’s a list of excellent websites which can point you too similar if you liked, you’ll love…


1. http://www.fantasticfiction.com

In my opinion of the best darn sites for author information, new releases, new authors, and similar writers to ones you loved.

2. http://www.goodreads.com

For general book recommendations and author information, book reviews by real readers, network of readers and writers.

3. http://www.lovereading.co.uk

4. http://www.yournextread.com (US)

5. http://www.bookmovement.com

6. www. bookwormr.com

7. http://www.shelfari.com

8. http://www.bookbrowse.com

9. http://www.waterstones.com

10. http://www.amazon.com


Or if you’re really stuck for the next ‘good’ read then head to:


for the BBC Big Read list of 200 best-loved books, voted and chosen by the nation (UK).

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