Like This? Read That. A Top Ten List.

If you like this, read that…

10. If you like Wrong Turn (and I went on a rather remarkable first date to that lovely film), read Deliverance by James Dickey. Bloodthirsty hillbillies living in secluded Appalachia. Run (or paddle) faster.

09. If you like Deadwood, read The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. Aside from the fact that they are both westerns, the language in both is hilarious.

08. If you like Sleepless in Seattle, read What Nora Knew. Nora was a smart lady. And I’ve always wanted to be able to peel an apple in one long string.

07. If you like Withnail & I, read Double Feature by Owen King. Two (immature) words: drinking games.

06. If you like Now and Then, read The Body by Stephen King. Summer adventures with friends and a mystery to solve (and avoiding the obvious choice of Stand by Me).

05. If you like Clue, read The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Who doesn’t like playing Clue? Or watching it for that matter. Colonel Mustard in the library with the revolver. And who killed Sam Westing?

04. If you like Adam, read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Even though The Rosie Project will be made into a movie probably sooner rather than later.

03. If you love a good mixtape (perhaps after a break-up?), read High Fidelity. “Is it wrong, wanting to be at home with your record collection? It’s not like collecting records is like collecting stamps, or beermats, or antique thimbles. There’s a whole world in here, a nicer, dirtier, more violent, more peaceful, more colorful, sleazier, more dangerous, more loving world than the world I live in; there is history, and geography, and poetry, and countless other things I should have studied at school, including music.”

No, no it’s not.

02. If you like The Addams Family, read The Rathbones by Janice Clark. I might have had a small phase where I wanted to be Wednesday Addams, I quite liked Mercy Rathbone too. If you like Charles Addams or Tim Burton – The Rathbones has a very Tim Burton feel – check out either one of these.

01. If you like Twin Peaks, read Leather Maiden by Joe R. Lansdale. Dead girls with deep, dark secrets in small towns with quippy dialogue.

What would you pair together?

30 thoughts on “Like This? Read That. A Top Ten List.

  1. Great list! It didn’t occur to me now but I totally agree with the AdamThe Rosie Project recommendation 😀 I also never got around to watching Deadwood (oops, almost typed in Deadpool there, haha) but I definitely see the recommendation for The Sisters Brothers 🙂

    My TTT


    1. It’s a short series, so I definitely recommend you give it a shot if you can. I was VERY sad when it was cancelled, I’m still halfway in love with Timothy Olyphant after all these years (Justified has helped too).


  2. Great list! My daughter was obsessed with Now and Then for a while, so I think I’ll need to find us both a copy of The Body, pronto. Reading What Nora Knew made me want to go back and re-watch Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally! I’m more familiar with the books you list than the TV/movies, so maybe I should work backwards… 🙂


  3. This is awesome! But now that I saw Wrong Turn, I can’t stop thinking of that one movie where they’re talking to some trucker who is a killer and he keeps saying “candy cane” in a scary voice. Was Paul Walker in it? Do you know what I’m talking about?


    1. YES! It was Joy Ride with Paul Walker, Steve Zahn, and Leelee Sobieski. I actually enjoyed that movie, as far as scary movie go. Now I want to watch it. I already own Wrong Turn, it has sentimental value. I kind of miss Paul Walker, I always had a crush on him.


    1. I feel like people either love The Rathbones or hate it. It’s very dreamy-black-and-white-Tim-Burtonesque. The Westing Game is an easy one to knock out, and it’s a lot of fun. Who didn’t love Clue? I just noticed that it is streaming on Netflix, good times ahead (nostalgia, at the very least).


    1. I think Deadwood is a must. Plus, it is short and was only on three seasons – you could knock it out fast. The writing is brilliant, which, incidentally, is exactly how I felt about The Sisters Brothers.


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