Five paperback pairings you won’t want to miss

Unforgettable books deserve equally remarkable companions.

By Emma Pei Yin


Unforgettable books deserve equally remarkable companions.

By Emma Pei Yin

Have you ever finished a book and struggled to hold back tears because it was so remarkable that you fear never encountering anything like it again? I constantly find myself in that position. I instinctively seek similar titles to fill the void while eagerly anticipating the author’s next work.

Here are a few read-alike book recommendations because, let’s face it, not all authors will dive straight into their next novel without first taking a well-deserved break.


If you liked 'Lessons in Chemistry' by Bonnie Garmus, you might enjoy 'The Exceptions' by Kate Zernike.

These novels share common ground in portraying strong female leads who defy societal expectations and gender norms. Each protagonist struggles for recognition and equality in their respective fields. Plus, both narratives emphasise the significance of united efforts and female solidarity in combatting gender bias.


If you liked 'I Don’t' by Clementine Ford, you might enjoy 'We Should All Be Feminists' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Ford and Adichie critically examine and confront conventional gender roles and societal pressures imposed on women. They champion women’s empowerment and self-determination, stressing the significance of women’s autonomy in their decisions, whether they pertain to marriage (as seen in Ford’s work) or other facets of life (as explored by Adichie). Additionally, both works underscore the necessity of collective efforts in fostering substantial societal transformation.


If you liked 'The Teacher’s Secret' by Suzanne Leal, you might enjoy 'The Things That Matter Most' by Gabbie Stroud.

Centering on the dynamics within a school community, both novels explore the relationships among teachers, students and parents. They portray teachers’ struggles in balancing their professional responsibilities and personal lives, navigating the demands of educational standards and bureaucratic obstacles. Secrets are pivotal in both stories, heightening suspense and tension as hidden truths come to light.


If you liked 'Period Power' by Maisie Hill, you might enjoy 'The Menopause Brain' by Lisa Mosconi.

While The Menopause Brain focuses on the neurological impacts of menopause and offers insights into managing symptoms and maintaining brain health, Period Power tackles the menstrual cycle’s hormonal fluctuations. It provides strategies for optimising health and productivity throughout its phases. Both books challenge stereotypes and embolden women and gender diverse individuals with knowledge about their bodies, advocating for a proactive approach to hormonal changes. 


If you liked 'Where’d You Go, Bernadette?' by Maria Semple, you might enjoy 'Girl Friday' by Kristine Phillip.

Shedding light on women’s challenges and inequalities in the workforce, both authors emphasise relationships, particularly among women, in their narratives. Employing humour and satire, Semple infuses her work with wit and comedic moments. At the same time, Philipps balances hilarity with relatable insights into serious issues.

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