April 29, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books You'll Enjoy If You Like...


Like last week, this topic is pretty loose.  This time, it's books if you like x TV show, or movie, or comic, or whatever.  And I'm choosing books you'll enjoy if you like Downton Abbey.



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1 and 2. Cinders & Sapphires and its sequel, Diamonds & Deceit by Leila Rasheed
The upstairs and the downstairs are shown just like in Downton.  There are secrets, romance, an awesome house, lady's maids, and scandal.  And I find both to be fantastic.  I'm dying for the third!


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3. Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore
While I wasn't a big fan of this one (I liked C&S and D&D better), it's still the same time period and is definitely for those who love Downton Abbey.
(Basically, any book set in that time period is better than none.)

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4. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
Less of an upstairs and downstairs focus than Cinders & Sapphires and Manor of Secrets, but it's the same era and some of the political issues Lady Sybil was interested in feature heavily in this book.  Plus, there's a big scandal!


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5. Landry Park by Bethany Hagen
Basically this one's pitch (Downton Abbey meets The Selection) tells you why it fits in this list.

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6. The Selection by Kiera Cass
The reason I include The Selection trilogy is that it has royalty, certain rules, and castes, all of which remind me of Downton.  Its one fault is the blasted love triangle.


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7. Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
This, like The Selection, is more of a futuristic book, but it has similar rules for nobility, not to mention scandal, gossip, romance, and intrigue.

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8. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Now, for those of you who know the book, hear me out.  Yes, it's set in more of a fantasy world, but I see parallels to Downton Abbey in the clear class lines, the obsessions over society, and how we see both a high class character's POV and a slave's.  Plus, I think Kestrel sometimes reminded me a bit of Lady Mary. (I'm also looking for any excuse to plug this book, and oh my gosh, I'm dying to see what happens next!)


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9. Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
Very similar time period (although Belle Epoque is set in France, not England), but totally different issues.  Still, I think fans of Downton Abbey could definitely enjoy this book.

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10. Pawn by Aimee Carter
Like with The Selection, there are very clear castes/classes.  That is the main similarity to Downton Abbey, especially since the governing family is much crazier than the Crawleys.
(Lady Mary's eyerolls are pretty epic.)

So I couldn't come up with ten books or series (since I'm counting Cinders & Sapphires and Diamonds & Deceit as two separate books), but I think these are all definitely a good place to start if you enjoy Downton Abbey.



I'm also interested in what everyone else has done for their TTT because I think there could be some awesome recommendations this week.  Leave a link to your list in the comments below!

6 comments:

  1. I love the GIFs. Those are perfect. xD
    I don't watch Downtown Abbey, but I may look into some of these anyway.

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  2. Nice list! I Love LOVED The Selection and can't wait for The One next month!

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  3. I almost read Cinders & Sapphires during the read-a-thon, but went with something else. I need to get to it!

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  4. I haven't watched Downton Abbey yet, I need to try it eventually, but these all look like wonderful read-a-likes to it! I need to try a few of them! :)

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  5. Absolutely love Downton Abbey, these books sound great! I have heard quite good things about Belle Epoque, and have been wanting to read the Winners Curse for a while now!
    Great list!
    aimes @ What Aimee Read Next

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  6. Oh, yes yes yes! Apart from the Selection :P I wasn't such a fan.
    I have the first At Somerton to read, but it's got the original UK title and I keep forgetting it.
    Also, love your funky GIFs :)
    Cora @ Tea Party Princess

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