Actually I wanted to write a Halloween post. The problem was that I haven’t read a lot of scary books. So I changed plans. I always like to get recommendations based on a book I loved to read. For this post I matched three popular books with lesser known books.
If you like The Hazel wood, try The Girl with Glass Feet
Both books have a mysterious, “out-of-this-world” amosphere that reminds me of fairy tales. Strange things happen to the main characters of these books. In The Hazel Wood the mother of Alice is kidnapped by a fairy tale character. In The Girl with Glass Feet Ida is slowly turning into glass.
If you like Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, try The Library of Shadows
Two books set in a bookstore hiding a secret. Both books can be categorized as mystery, but have fantasy elements too. In The Library of Shadows Jon inherits a bookhop after the sudden death of his father. Clay gets a job in Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore.
If you like Artemis Fowl, try H.I.V.E.
Two young adult series about villains you will totally root for. H.I.V.E. stands for Higher Institute of Villainous Education. I’m sure Artemis Fowl would feel at home on this school! Just like Artemis, the students of H.I.V.E. are criminal masterminds.
Did you read any of these books? Do you have other recommendations based on it? Let me know in the comments!
The idea for this post came from the weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and The Bookish. Today I am again going to talk about television, but this time the topic is TV series. I love to watch them! Sadly I do not have an infinite amount of time, and lots of TV series do have an (almost) infinite amount of seasons. Therefore I have not watched a lot of different TV series. But I always like those “if you like …, try …-lists”, so I decided to make one based on two of my favourite TV series:
The Adventures of Merlin is of course about the wizard Merlin from the Arthur legends, but instead of old, both Merlin and Arthur are young adults. Just like Eragon from The Inheritance Cycle and Harry Potter, Merlin is still learning to use his magic in the right way. More similarities are dragons and prophecies. All three series are exciting, but also have some funny moments. Merlin has five seasons and a total of 65 episodes.
Similar to The Passage, an unknown virus killed a large part of the world population in The Last Ship. In the book series as well as in the TV series the military play an important role. The crew of the USS Nathan James a.k.a. the last ship, try to find a vaccine and save the world. The third season just started, and I hope to watch it very soon!
Other TV series I love to watch:
Lost really is not comparable with any book I have read. In the first episode a plane crashes on a deserted island. A group of people survive and try too stay alive. But lots of strange things happen on the island. Lost has six seasons, and I still have to watch the last two seasons. I am very excited for the end!
Elementary can be seen as an American version of Sherlock, although it does not exactly follow the story line. In this version Watson is a woman, and Sherlock works together with the New York City Police Department. But the most important parts of the story are still the same, such as Sherlock his personality and the role of Watson in solving the cases. The differences make the TV series very unique. I just found out the fifth season will be on television next October!