Thursday, July 3

Book Buddies!

With some of the books I've read, there are some definite similarities in plot/setting/characters. I call these perfect pairings "Book Buddies." Because they get along so well. Obviously.

So without further ado, if you liked one of these books, there's a good chance you'll like its book buddy.


All about falling in love despite a total invasion of privacy due to modern communication 
devices. And despite the fact that there may be another guy already in the picture. The
characters are endearing and the authors are both experts in their craft. Highly recommended.
Also, explicit content: language
*Rainbow Rowell's Attachments and Sophie Kinsella's I've Got Your Number


Post-apocalyptic world? Check. Terrifying monster(s)? Indeed. Tyrannical society? Yep. 
All the makings of a thrilling novel. Throw in a surprise romance subplot and you got yourself 
a book! These two work rather well together. They're also both the first in their series.
*C. J. Redwine's Defiance and Ann Aguirre's Enclave

A good romance never comes from where you expect it to. On the one hand, it may
be a famous movie star. Or, on the other hand, it may be the rough, artistic type.
Plus, both protagonists are dealing with some family issues. Maybe the surprise
love interest will be just the change they need. Bonus! Both are clean romances.
*Jennifer E. Smith's This Is What Happy Looks Like and Sarah Dessen's The Truth About Forever


One does not usually two young middle schoolers to deal with a lot of hardship. But
in both these cases, when faced with heartbreak, betrayal, or dramatic changes, the
protagonists become all the better for it. They're heartwarming stories.
*Holly Goldberg Sloan's Counting by 7s and R. J. Palacio's Wonder

The early 1960s in America provides the settings for both these stories, told through the eyes
of 11-year-old boys. In Fallout, it's the looming threat of nuclear attack and what just might
have happened had one been dropped in America. Paperboy is racism in the south. Both are
based heavily on the authors' own experiences as they grew up during such a tumultuous time.
*Todd Strasser's Fallout and Vince Vawter's Paperboy

Picture Books

Why just learn the boring old alphabet in a boring old way? A is for Apple? No, these books
take it much further in a thoroughly educational and hilarious sort of way. Build your
child's vocabulary while getting a good laugh--and you get to learn all about the musk ox.
*Erin Cabatingan's A Is for Musk Ox and Barbara Bottner's An Annoying ABC

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