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!

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.)

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!

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

Speaking of...
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.

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.

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!)

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.

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!


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

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

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

  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! :)

  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

  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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