I'm sure you other bookworms have had this experience:
You just finished a really good book. It was amazing! You'd never read anything like it! But now, you need more books just like it. What do you do? I mean, what do you do after you read all the sequels and all the other books by the author? After you go through the Goodreads lists and scan Amazon's "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought"? What do you do then?
I don't know. I just don't know. It's the bookworm's eternal struggle.
But I do know that it's very helpful to get ideas from other readers. So I decided to take a couple books that I've read and loved, and match them up with other favorites that I thought were similar. There's only a few, but who knows? Maybe I'll help some poor, frantic bookworm somewhere out there in the universe. (if so, you're welcome, but now you owe me brownies and a box of books)
If you liked Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, you probably like books about unique (and previously homeschooled) young people who go to school for the first time and are treated like complete freaks. You probably also like minimalist covers and pretty shades of blue. In that case, read Wonder by R. J. Palacio. It's gooood.
If you liked The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, you probably enjoy crying yourself to sleep. You probably also like historical fiction set during the 1940s. Please go read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.
If you liked The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley, you must have a thing for adventure and brilliant world-building. You probably appreciate sarcasm, a dash of magic, and political intrigue. So why not read The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner?
If you read and enjoyed Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, then you probably like your sci-fi a bit on the dark side. You like it to tackle tough moral issues as well as being fast-paced and exciting. Words like "aliens", "future", and "mentally scarred young children" strike your interest. Read The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, and you (hopefully) won't regret it.
If you liked The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, then you have a thing for beautifully written fairytale retellings. You like reading about far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, and princes in disguise (get the reference). In that case, you should give East (also called North Child) by Edith Pattou a try.
So, what do ya think? Agree or disagree with the books I matched together? Maybe I'll bake brownies for you in exchange for some of your own "like that, read this" recommendations.