Fifty Shades Readalikes

There’s no escaping E.L. James’ fan-fiction-to-self-published-bestselling series Fifty Shades. The cat-and-mouse game between innocent, clumsy Ana and billionaire philanthropist Christian Grey has captured the world’s attention and whether you love it or hate it, it looks like it’s here to stay. The movie, based on the first book in the series, will be released on Friday, February 13, 2015. Have you already read the Fifty Shades trilogy and want to read something similar while waiting for the movie? Then below are a few titles that might be of interest. Would you rather listen than read? The Fifty Shades trilogy is also available as a downloadable audiobook from OneClick Digital!

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Book Club Kit: State of the Onion

State of the OnionState of the Onion (#1)
by Julie Hyzy
First Published: 2008
6 Copies & Reading Guide

Never let them see you sweat-that’s White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras’s motto, which is pretty hard to honor in the most important kitchen in the world. She’s hell-bent on earning her dream job, Executive Chef. There’s just one thing: her nemesis is vying for it, too. Well, that and the fact that an elusive assassin wants to see her fry.

No Reading Guide?
ReadingGroupGuides – General Questions for Mysteries & Thrillers
LitLovers – General Questions for Fiction

Review:
Mysterious Reviews – “Review” by Hidden Staircase Mystery Books
Devourer of Books – “Book Review” by Jen

Around the Web:

Series Order:

  1. State of the Onion 
  2. Hail to the Chef
  3. Eggsecutive Orders
  4. Buffalo West Wing

Book Club Kit: Sins of the Assassin

Sins of the Assassin (Book #2)
by Robert Ferrigno
First Published: 2008
6 Copies & Reading Guide

The year is 2043. Rakkim Epps battles radical fundamentalist forces in a futuristic America, now a divided blood-soaked dystopia. New York and Washington, D.C., have been leveled by nuclear bombs. New Orleans is submerged beneath fifty feet of water and treasure hunters scavenge its watery ruins. The United States no longer exists, and in its place two new nations maintain an uneasy coexistence. Will Rakkim survive? Can America ever be unified again?

No Reading Guide?
ReadingGroupGuides – General Questions for Mysteries & Thrillers
BookBrowse – Can’t Find a Reading Guide? Create Your Own!

Reviews:

Author’s Website: www.robertferrigno.com

Series Order:

  1. Prayers for the Assassin
  2. Sins of the Assassin
  3. Heart of the Assassin (not available in Pinal County — ask your librarian about requesting an ILL.)

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Book Club Kit: The Devil in the White City

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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
by Erik Larson
First Published: 2003
5 Copies & Reading Guide

The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 was one of the most spectacular exhibitions the world has ever seen. This is the story of its realization, and of the two men whose fates it linked – an architect and a serial killer. The architect as Daniel H. Burnham, who created the White City, a magical landscape of white buildings set in a wonderland of canals and gardens. The killer was H.H. Holmes, a handsome young doctor with striking blue eyes, who used the attraction of the great fair – and his own devilish charms – to lure scores of young women to their death. Holmes would stroll through the fair at night, when an electric dynamo transformed it into an incandescent fairyland, with an unsuspecting victim on each arm. This is the story of the men and women whose lives were irrevocably changed by the Chicago World Fair, and of Burnham and Holmes.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Author Info, Book Summary, Brief Reviews, and Discussion Questions
Licking County Library Book Blog – Includes Discussion Questions

Reviews:

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We Recommend…The Forgotten by David Baldacci

The Forgotten

The Forgotten by David Baldacci
Available Formats: Hardcover | Large Print | Book on CD

In The Forgotten, David Baldacci once again brings us Army Special Agent John Puller. His aunt writes John a letter telling him about the mysterious goings-on in Paradise, Florida. When John arrives he discovers his aunt is dead but because of the letter John embarks on his own investigation. As John follows the vague clues left behind he discovers that there are definitely mysterious goings-on in Paradise, people aren’t who they seem, and he must risk his life in order to finally untangle it all.

Want more John Puller? Meet him for the first time in Zero Day.

Book Club Kit: Emotional Intelligence

Emotional IntelligenceEmotional Intelligence
by Daniel Goleman
First Published: 1995
5 Copies & Reading Guide

Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until Emotional Intelligence, we could only guess why. Daniel Goleman’s brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our “two minds”—the rational and the emotional—and how they together shape our destiny.

Reading Guide:
ReadingGroupGuides – Includes a Book Description and Discussion Questions

Reviews:

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We Recommend…Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton

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Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
Available formats: Hardcover | Large Print | 3M Cloud Library eBook

Imagine a fire and a mother who runs into the burning building to rescue her daughter. Then imagine both in the hospital unconscious, meeting as spirits and able to follow everyone from family to those they suspect of starting this fire. As the book continues, the plot thickens until the very end when the perpetrator is finally revealed. Of course, we don’t want to give too much away so we’ll stop there, but it’s a psychological novel that we think Jodi Picoult fans will really enjoy!

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Book Club Kit: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Battle Hymn of the Tiger MotherBattle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
by Amy Chua
First Published: 2011
6 Copies & Reading Guide

Traces the rewards and pitfalls of a Chinese mother’s exercise in extreme parenting, describing the exacting standards applied to grades, music lessons, and avoidance of Western cultural practices.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Book Summary, Brief Reviews, and Discussion Questions

Reviews:

Author’s Website: amychua.com

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We Recommend…Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before YouIf you’re looking for a contemporary love story to tug on those heartstrings, look no further than Jojo Moyes’ amazing novel Me Before You. Our protagonist is Lou Clark — she’s just lost her job and instead of the pole dancing option given to her by her job counselor, she decides to sign on as a caregiver. Her new daily companion, Will, isn’t the most pleasant of men, but he has his reasons for not being excited about his life. As Lou tries to make the best of her situation, she and Will become friends. The more she learns the more she wants to prove to Will that life can be good no matter what your circumstances. Moyes’ also provides us with points of view from Will’s mother, Lou’s sister, and other characters to give a complete picture of the events throughout the book. A fantastic read from start to finish.

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Book Club Kit: Easy Innocence

Easy InnocenceEasy Innocence
by Libby Fischer Hellmann
First Published: 2008
5 Copies & Reading Guide

When pretty, smart Sara is found bludgeoned to death, it’s easy to blame the man with the bat. But Georgia finds a much different darker answer on Chicago’s North Shore- privileged schoolgirls have learned just how much their innocence is worth to hot-under-the-collar businessmen.

No Reading Guide?
ReadingGroupGuides – General Questions for Mysteries & Thrillers
BookBrowse – Can’t Find a Reading Guide? Create Your Own!

Reviews:

Author’s Website: www.libbyhellmann.com

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