Everyone gets them, unless you’ve figured out how to turn them off. The GoodReads emails that begin “You’ve finished (Book title here). Here are some ideas on what you can do next.”
And I’m not gonna lie, I absolutely love the “Readers also enjoyed” lists!
This book is an “inspirational” book in novel form. It beseeches the reader/ shepherd boy to find your/ his “personal legend.” So naturally, the “Books similar” list includes The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck, Eat, Pray, Love, and How To Win Friends And Influence People. There’s also a lot of “classic” books like To Kill A Mockingbird, Animal Farm, and Life Of Pi, which aren’t necessarily self-help books but they’re books you’ve heard of and are designed to make you think.
If you don’t know what Heartstopper is, why are you reading this blog?
In terms of recs, there’s a weird disparity between what’s in the email and what’s actually on the list. In the email there’s your good queer comics like Bloom and The Prince and The Dressmaker. There’s also The Girl In The Sea, which I haven’t read yet but I desperately want to. Not listed, but if you’re looking for other gay webcomics, I HIGHLY recommend Always Human. It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous lesbian love story set in the 23rd century.
El Deafo is a graphic novel catered towards young kids. It follows a deaf girl who believes her hearing aid gives her superpowers. It’s also a memoir! The list is full of other graphic novels for young readers like Roller Girl, Drama, Ghosts, Real Friends, and Invisible Emmie.
The Death Of Vivek Oji
There’s so many books I hadn’t heard of before in this list. Vivek Oji was a trans person in Nigeria, where queerness isn’t exactly accepted. It’s a very beautifully written book, but they have an incesterous relationship with their cousin, and there’s a lot of other trigger warnings. If you plan on reading this, please make sure you’re in the right headspace for it.
The books include Sleepless Night, The Murmur Of Bees, Braised Pork, and Fledgling.
This Is How You Lose The Time War
Short and awesome scifi time travel book for the sapphics, if you haven’t read this already you NEED to. The books include The Imaginary Corpse, Gideon The Ninth, The Murders Of Molly Southbourne, and Miranda In Milan. I absolutely loved Molly Southbourne, if you’re a fan of the weird, twisted narratives, try to find a copy.
Have you read any of these books? How has your experience been with GR recs?