If You Like, Then Read is a feature where we offer reading suggestions based on books you already like, scheduled once a month. If you have more suggestions, feel free to tell us in the comments! You can check out the rest of these lists here.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March may not have a lot of money, but their imaginations help them to create a home where something is always happening, whether it is a play, a meeting for a literary society, or a reenactment of The Pilgrim’s Progress. Soon even the rich boy next door finds there is never anything better than a visit to the March home.
As a child, Princess Meryl always dreamed of going on the quest that would find the cure for the Grey Death—a ruthless disease that strikes arbitrarily and always kills. Princess Addie, afraid even of spiders, hoped her sister would remain safe at home. When Meryl contracts the Grey Death, however, Addie sets out alone, facing specters, griffins, and even dragons in the attempt to save her sister.
When Sunday meets an enchanted frog in the Wood, their friendship blossoms into something more and soon her kiss transforms him, unknown to her, back into a man. Unfortunately, that man happens to be the Crown Prince Rumbold– a man her family despises. Rumbold hopes to make Sunday fall in love with him again as he is now, but more than an old family feud stands in their way. An old evil threatens their happiness and it will take Sunday and all her family to save the kingdom.
After the death of their mother, Princess Azalea and her eleven sisters find themselves confined to the castle in mourning, forbidden even to visit the gardens. Their father in his grief begins to ignore them, leaving the girls even more desolate. When they find a secret passageway to an underground world, they grasp the opportunity to dance there each night, forgetting their troubles. There in the darkness, however, lurks a man known as the Keeper, who longs for the power to free himself and visit the land above. The princesses soon realize they have placed themselves in extreme danger, but, unless they can learn to forgive their father and place their trust in him again, everything may be lost. A retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.”
Zelia Benten’s father left her and her sister Dylia with one final message: “Promise. Take care of yourself.” When the two enter the foster care system, however, they find themselves separated–Zelia is sent to a house for special teenagers while her sister, according to the system, no longer exists. Now it is up to Zel and her new friends to rescue Dylia from those who want to use her unique DNA.
Charlie Grant is the youngest of her siblings and the only one still left at home, so she’s THRILLED when her older sister decides to get married at her parents’ house and all her siblings will be together again. She wants the wedding to be perfect and for her and her siblings to hang out just like old times, but will things go according to plan?
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is now a celebrated Netflix film, and fans have fallen in love with protagonist Lara Jean and her friend Peter. However, the book is more than a romance and more than a story about how Lara Jean’s love letters are accidentally sent to boys she’s no longer sure she loves; it’s also a story about Lara Jean’s relationships with her family.
Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë have spent countless hours imagining stories in the room at the top of the stairs. Now, however, Charlotte and Emily must go off to school–where their two older sisters died from fever. But just as it seems separation is inevitable, they find themselves in a magical world where the Duke of Wellington still fights Bonaparte. Even stranger, the world seems to be the one they themselves have created and it is populated with their toys. At first they imagine they can stay there forever. But when Branwell and Anne are kidnapped, the siblings realize that this world may be out of their control.