What to read next based on your childhood favourite

If you loved one of these books as a kid, we have good news. . .

Having trouble narrowing down your TBR? Why not choose your next book based on your favourite childhood or YA read. 

If you loved The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, read James

The author of Booker-shortlisted The Trees, and Erasure – recently adapted into the Oscar-nominated film, American Fiction – reimagines Huck Finn from the perspective of Jim, and it's an enthralling, fiercely funny read.


by Percival Everett

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It's 1861. The enslaved Jim overhears that he is about be sold and separated from his family forever, and decides to hide on Jackson's Island while he works out what to do. Here, he comes across Huck Finn, who's faked his own death to escape his violent father. Thus begins their famous journey by raft along the Mississippi River, but as you've never heard it before. 

If you loved Twilight or The Hunger Games, read the Crowns of Nyaxia series

A lone human competing against three rival vampire houses in a tournament held by the goddess of death? This heart-wrenching, epic romantasy series, full of dark magic and bloodthirsty intrigue is Twilight meets The Hunger Games, all grown up. 

The Serpent and the Wings of Night

by Carissa Broadbent

Book cover for The Serpent and the Wings of Night

Oraya is the adopted human daughter of the Nightborn vampire king. In order to survive in a world designed to kill her, she's entered the Kejari, a deadly tournament with the ultimate prize. Raihn is a ruthless vampire, sworn enemy of the Nightborn and her greatest competition. Yet Oraya finds herself oddly drawn to him. . . The Serpent and the Wings of Night is the first book in the Crowns of Nyaxia series.

If you loved Michelle Magorian's books, read The Women

Best known for her moving, wartime-set novels Goodnight Mister Tom, Back Home and A Little Love Song, fans of Magorian's emotionally and morally complex characters and storylines will love The Women. 

The Women

by Kristin Hannah

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Frankie McGrath, a nursing student in 1965 California, has her world transformed when she's told "women can be heroes, too." Joining the Army Nurses Corps to follow her brother to Vietnam, Frankie faces the harsh realities of war and its aftermath. Amidst chaos and heartbreak, she finds strength in female friendship and learns the value of sacrifice and commitment. This emotionally charged novel illuminates the often-forgotten stories of women who bravely served their country. With a memorable heroine, searing insights, and lyrical beauty, The Women is a poignant tale of courage. 

If you loved Goosebumps or Point Horror, read Out There Screaming

If you have a penchant for horror, then you're probably already familiar with Jordan Peele via his landmark films Get Out, Us and Nope. He's now curated an anthology of new horror writing by Black writers, full of stories that play on the terrors of the supernatural but also the chilling reality of injustice that haunts our world.

Out There Screaming

by Jordan Peele

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Two freedom riders take a bus that leaves them stranded on a lonely road in Alabama, where several unsettling somethings await them. A young girl dives into the watery depths in search of the demon that killed her parents. . .  Monster-hunters fighting monsters, humanoid AIs fighting for their rights, and an Igbo woman standing up to a powerful spirit: these are just a few of the worlds of Out There Screaming, Jordan Peele’s anthology of all-new horror stories by Black writers.

If you loved Roald Dahl, read How I Won a Nobel Prize

If you like your humour dark and your books wickedly irreverent, Julius Taranto's hilarious satire is for you. 

How I Won A Nobel Prize

by Julius Taranto

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In order to continue her work, Helen – a brilliant young physicist – must follow her recently disgraced supervisor to RIP, an island research institute for cancelled academics. As Helen gets to know the community of exiled researchers, she is forced to confront her idea of what progress means, and whether a person can ever be purely “good" or “bad”. A confronting and provocative debut.

If you loved Judy Blume, read The Amendments

Childhood readers of Judy Blume's honest, nuanced explorations of knotty, complicated topics should turn to Niamh Mulvey's The Amendments. 

The Amendments

by Niamh Mulvey

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Nell and her partner Adrienne are about to have a baby. For Adrienne, it’s the start of a new life. For Nell, it’s the reason the two of them are sitting in a therapist’s office. Because she can’t go into this without dealing with the truth: that she has been a mother before, and now she can hardly bring herself to speak to her own mother, let alone return home to Ireland. Nell is running out of places to hide from her past, but to Ireland and the past is where she must go.

If you loved the Gallagher Girls, read The Blonde Identity

Beloved YA author Ally Carter has written a rom com book for adults, and it's a riot.

The Blonde Identity

by Ally Carter

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It’s the middle of the night in the middle of Paris and a woman just woke up with no memory. The hottest guy she has (probably) ever seen is standing over her, telling her to run, and people keep trying to kill her. She doesn’t know who. Or why. But when she sees footage of herself fighting off a dozen men there’s only one explanation: obviously. . . she’s a spy! Except, according to Mr. Hot Guy, she’s not. She's a spy's identical twin. Soon enough the mystery woman and Mr. Hot Guy are lying their way across Europe, dodging bullets and faking kisses as they race to unravel a deadly conspiracy and clear her sister’s name.

If you loved Hatchet, read The Road

Up the ante on a childhood love of survival stories with Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic classic.

The Road

by Cormac McCarthy

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The landscape is destroyed. Nothing moves save the ash on the wind. Cruel, lawless men stalk the roadside, lying in wait. Attempting to survive in this brave new world, the young boy and his protector have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves. They must keep walking. In this unflinching study of the best and worst of humankind, Cormac McCarthy boldly divines a future without hope, but one in which, miraculously, this young family may yet find tenderness.