Sometimes books do this magical thing and suggest another book to you. Maybe it’s a common theme or a vibe, writing style similarities, or a quote an author used in a prologue – but you’re drawn to the second piece of literature.
I call this a ripple effect. And some of my FAVORITE books in the world are from these circular wrinkles.
Here’s (5) examples + a bonus that I picked for today’s freebie prompt over at the Top 5 Wednesday Group on Goodreads:
Water for Elephants ➡️ The Night Circus ➡️ Caraval
This was definitely a “vibe” example. I got interested in the theme and was OBSESSED with anything carnival. Imagine my joy when Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco came out awhile back. **Heart eyes.**
Where the Crawdads Sing ➡️ A Sand County Almanac
This was a direct ripple – in Where the Crawdads Sing, the main character reads A Sand County Almanac. This is probably my favorite ripple of all time- both of these books are phenomenal.
1984 ➡️ Brave New World
Genre ripple here. I guarantee if you bring either of these books up in conversation, you’ll eventually talk about the other. These were both on a Classic literature reading list that I printed off. Of the two, I’m not sure which is my favorite but they both definitely made an impact.
Eragon ➡️ Talon
Thematic ripple from back-in-the-day = read these both in high school. Eragon was edgy and a stepping stone into fantasy and plain addictive. Talon was more of a guilty pleasure but still sucked me in. (Not 100% sure why I still have so many books from high school; maybe I’m too sentimental.)
The Last Silk Dress ➡️ Gone With the Wind
I want nothing more in this world than to hold onto Ann Rinaldi and the joy she brought me in my younger years. This ripple was more of a “growth” ripple – graduating from gently-young historical fiction to grown-up historical fiction. (I can’t quite say that I still wouldn’t choose Rinaldi though.)
Born to Wander ➡️ The Pilgrim’s Progress
Direct ripple again – in Van Loon’s piece, she discusses the pilgrimage Christians are faced with in Born to Wander – where she outlined Bunyan’s work several times in comparison. I haven’t attempted The Pilgrim’s Progress yet but it’s high up the stack of Classic TBR.
Tell me about your book ripples: have you fallen in love with a book discovered through ANOTHER book? Have you ever connected two pieces of literature without really thinking about it? Stack them on the same shelf even though you’re not sure why?