If you liked The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo…

…then try one of these books!

Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More / Erin Boyle

For anyone looking to declutter, organize, and simplify, author Erin Boyle shares practical guidance and personal insights on small-space living and conscious consumption.


Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life / Niki Brantmark

By using the Swedish lifestyle as an example, Niki Brantmark offers insightful suggestions and bite-sized actions to help you make subtle changes to your life, so you too can make time for the things that matter most and find greater happiness.

The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store / Cait Flanders

The Year of Less documents Cait’s life for twelve months during which she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself to consume less of many other things besides shopping. She decluttered her apartment and got rid of 70 percent of her belongings; learned how to fix things rather than throw them away; researched the zero waste movement; and completed a television ban.

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify / Francine Jay

Rather than the “crash diet” approach found in other tidying up books, Jay shares simple steps to cultivate a minimalist mindset and form new habits, paving the way to lasting success. Her easy-to-follow STREAMLINE method works in any space—from a single drawer to a closet, room, or entire house.

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter / Margareta Magnusson

In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning “death” and städning meaning “cleaning.” This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner than later, before others have to do it for you.

Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living / Tsh Oxenreider

Organized Simplicity’s aim is to convince its readers that simple living is the absolute best way to live. Be it with house cleaning, family schedule management, personal finances, and managing the “stuff” you allow within your four walls, the only way to live well is to do so intentionally and simply.

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life / Anu Partanen

A Finnish journalist, now a naturalized American citizen, asks Americans to draw on elements of the Nordic way of life to nurture a fairer, happier, more secure, and less stressful society for themselves and their children.


Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff / Dana K. White

In Decluttering at the Speed of Life, decluttering expert and author Dana White identifies the mind-sets and emotional challenges that make it difficult to declutter. Then, in her signature humorous approach, she provides workable solutions to break through these struggles and get clutter out–for good!

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living / Meik Wiking

Embrace Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) and become happier with this definitive guide to the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. Hygge is the sensation you get when you’re cuddled up on a sofa, in cozy socks under a soft throw, during a storm. It’s that feeling when you’re sharing comfort food and easy conversation with loved ones at a candlelit table. It is the warmth of morning light shining just right on a crisp blue-sky day.

If you liked Winter Street by Elin Hildebrand…

…then try one of these similar Holiday titles!

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery / Jenny Colgan

A scenic holiday season in the idyllic Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne finds Polly busily keeping up with demands for gingerbread and other festive fare at her bakery, only to find herself teaming up with her neighbors to safeguard everyone from a dangerous storm that cuts them off from the mainland.

The Noel Diary / Richard Paul Evans

A latest holiday-themed novel by the best-selling author of The Christmas Box follows the experiences of a man who, in the wake of estrangements and losses, is given a chance to rewrite and rediscover his true past.


Christmas in London / Anita Hughes

Jumping at the chance to star in the annual Christmas Eve dinner TV special at Claridge’s baker Louisa finds herself drawn to production assistant Noah, while producer Kate has a run in with an old flame that threatens to shake up her world.


Merry and Bright / Debbie Macomber

Merry is skeptical when her mother and brother create an online dating profile for her without her knowledge, but she decides to give it a try and finds herself chatting with an endearing match who turns out to be someone she recognizes.


A Very Merry Princess / Susan Mallery

When Princess Bethany’s father, the king, sells one of his best stallions, she insists the animal get the royal treatment. Disguised as Beth Archer, a mere stable hand, she takes him to Happily Inc, California, a quaint wedding destination that’s especially sparkly over the holidays.


Holly and Ivy / Fern Michaels

Facing another holiday season alone eight years after losing her husband and children in a plane crash, an airline heiress bonds with a young singing prodigy from a home where music is forbidden by the girl’s grieving widower father.


Moonlight Over Manhattan / Sarah Morgan

When she becomes a temporary live-in dog sitter for Dr. Ethan Black, Harriet Knight, who is determined to conquer a lifetime of shyness, challenges herself to explore their very unexpected chemistry—and to tell him how she really feels after her dog-sitting duties are over.


A Christmas Return / Anne Perry

Spurred by holiday cheer and a surprise hidden in Christmas pudding, an elderly aristocrat tries to right a past wrong by solving a decade-old murder.


Chasing Christmas Eve / Jill Shalvis

Writer Colbie Albright, fleeing to San Francisco to escape her crazy family, falls for a handsome stranger and, deciding to spend the holidays with Spencer Baldwin, must make a difficult decision when the two weeks they have together comes to an end.


A Chesapeake Shores Christmas / Sherryl Woods

Although Mick and Megan O’Brien are ready to remarry, their son Connor doesn’t want to give his blessing to their remarriage.

If you like Home Alone

…then try one of these other Christmas Movies!

A Christmas Story (1983)

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.


Elf (2003)

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.


The Holiday (2006)

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town.


It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.


Love Actually (2003)

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.


Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.


The Polar Express (2004)

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.


The Santa Clause (1994)

When a man inadvertently kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.


White Christmas (1954)

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

If you liked Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris…

…then try one of these similar titles!

The Thing Around Your Neck / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A collection of twelve stories includes the tale of a medical student in hiding with a poor Muslim woman, and a woman who discovers a devastating secret about her brother’s death.


Stories of Your Life and Others / Ted Chiang

Presents a first collection of seven science fiction short stories, and includes an original tale, “Liking What You See: A Documentary” for this anthology.


This Is How You Lose Her / Junot Diaz

Presents a collection of stories that explores the heartbreak and radiance of love as it is shaped by passion, betrayal, and the echoes of intimacy.


Uncommon Type: Some Stories / Tom Hanks

Hanks writes about characters that he would love to play in the movies, had they been written. This collection of stories holds a myriad of emotions, settings, and time periods with two common threads: the typewriter and uncommonly normal men and women.


The Lottery and Other Stories / Shirley Jackson

For here the sharp and unsparing commentary on the human scene, in often inhuman interchanges, narrows and gains in precision in this medium. The incidents, while derived from very ordinary, very everyday experiences, range from New York city life and its impervious impersonality, to country villages and the invidious interference of “neighbors”.

Interpreter of Maladies / Jhumpa Lahiri

In nine stories imbued with the sensual details of Indian culture, Lahiri charts the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations. This short fiction collection blends elements of Indian traditions with the complexities of American culture.


Runaway / Alice Munro

A collection of short fiction captures the lives of women of all ages and circumstances, as they deal with the limits and lies of passion, unfulfilled dreams, motherhood, betrayal, and the bonds of love.


One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories / B.J. Novak

A debut collection by a writer for the television series “The Office” includes the title story, in which a boy’s lucrative sweepstakes win proves more harm than good for his family.


Tenth of December / George Saunders

A collection of stories includes “Home,” a wryly whimsical account of a soldier’s return from war; “Victory Lap,” a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit.


You Think It, I’ll Say It / Curtis Sittenfeld

A collection of ten short stories from the author of Eligible. Literary fiction with young adult appeal. Well-developed characters in fascinating circumstances. Poignant, timely, sad, funny, and cohesive. Sittenfeld shows her craft in a new form.


If you liked Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng…

…then try one of these similar titles!

Little Broken Things / Nicole Baart

An engrossing and suspenseful novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Amy Hatvany about an affluent suburban family whose carefully constructed facade starts to come apart with the unexpected arrival of an endangered young girl.


The Party / Robyn Harding

A sweet sixteen birthday party goes horribly awry when Jeff and Kim Sanders throw a party for their daughter, Hannah.


Seven Days of Us / Francesca Hornak

The Birch family will be spending the Christmas holiday in quarantine, thanks to eldest daughter Olivia’s recent relief work in a disease-infested Liberia. She has returned to England but must be in quarantine for seven days. This family has not ever spent this much time in each other’s company. Each person has secrets that are slowly revealed over the course of the seven days.

The Almost Sisters / Joshilyn Jackson

Leia finds her life is spiraling out of control. First she discovers she is pregnant from a one night stand, then she receives a phone call that her beloved grandmother is acting erratically. Meanwhile, she finds her stepsister in the middle of a marital crisis. Returning to her grandmother’s small hometown in Alabama to figure out the future, Leia is confronted by the past including a dark family secret.

The Leavers / Lisa Ko

One morning, eleven-year-old Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job and never comes home. Deming is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town. This is a poignant story of a boy who struggles to find his footing in a new world.

Everything Here is Beautiful / Mira T. Lee

The bond between a responsible, self-contained older sister and her mentally ill, impulsive younger sister is shaped and tested over years marked by the loss of their mother, an impetuous first marriage, a fling that results in the birth of a baby and painful sacrifices.


Those Secrets We Keep / Emily Liebert

Three women. Three lives. Three secrets. On the surface, Sloane has the perfect life-an adoring husband, a precocious daughter, and enough financial security to be a stay-at-home mom. Still, she can’t help but feel as though something-or someone-is missing…. Hillary has a successful career and a solid marriage. The only problem is her inability to conceive. And there’s a very specific reason why…. As the wild-child daughter of old family money, Georgina has never had to accept responsibility for anything.

Commonwealth / Ann Patchett

The Cousins and the Keatings are two California families forever intertwined and permanently shattered by infidelity. Bert Cousins leaves his wife for Beverly Keating, leaving her to raise four children on her own. Beverly, with two children of her own, leaves her husband for Bert. The six children involved are forced to forge a childhood bond based on the combined disappointment in their parents.

Home Fire / Kamila Shamsie

Given a chance to resume a deferred dream years after raising her troubled siblings, Isma worries about the influence of a powerful politician’s son who drives the family to choose between love and loyalty, with devastating consequences.


City of Friends / Joanne Trollope

Leaning on her career-minded best friends after losing her high-profile job, Stacey inadvertently exposes a painful secret that tests the limits of their bonds.

If you liked The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood…

…then try one of these similar books!

Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury

A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit.


A Clockwork Orange / Anthony Burgess

Presents Burgess’ satire of the present inhumanity of man to man through a futuristic culture where teenagers rule with violence.


The Children of Men / P.D. James

The year is 2021. The country is under the absolute rule of the Warden. Then by chance, Theo Faron meets a young woman who seeks to challenge the power of the Warden’s regime.


When She Woke / Hillary Jordan

In the middle of the 21st century, a young woman in Texas awakens to a nightmarish new life: her skin has been genetically altered, turned bright red as punishment for the crime of having an abortion. Stigmatized and in a hostile and frightening world, Hannah Payne must make a perilous journey northward to safety.

The Left Hand of Darkness / Ursula K. Le Guin

While on a mission to the planet Gethen, earthling Genly Ai is sent by leaders of the nation of Orgoreyn to a concentration camp from which the exiled prime minister of the nation of Karhide tries to rescue him.


The Bone Clocks / David Mitchell

Beginning in 1984 and moving in linear fashion through the years before ending in the 2040s, this complex, layered novel interweaves several different narratives to tell the story of a secret war between those who would steal souls and those who try to stop them.


1984 / George Orwell

Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.


The Bees / Laline Paull

This book is set entirely in a beehive, but the novel and its characters are so beautifully rendered that it could have been set anywhere. Societal codes and social mores combine with the ancient behavior rituals of bees, bringing forth a remarkable story that is sure to be a book club favorite.


The Testament of Jessie Lamb / Jane Rogers

Women are dying in their millions. Some blame scientists, some see the hand of God, some see human arrogance reaping the punishment it deserves. Jessie Lamb is an ordinary girl living in extraordinary times: as her world collapses, her idealism and courage drive her towards the ultimate act of heroism. If the human race is to survive, it’s up to her. But is Jessie heroic?

The Sparrow / Mary Doria Russell

The sole survivor of a crew sent to explore a new planet, Jesuit priest Emilio Sandoz discovers an alien civilization that raises questions about the very essence of humanity, an encounter that leads Sandoz to a public inquisition and the destruction of his faith.

If you liked Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance…

…then try one of these similar titles!

Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia / Dennis Covington

Describes a trial, in which the leader of a snake-handling cult was convicted of trying to murder his wife with rattlesnakes.


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City / Matthew Desmond

A Harvard sociologist examines the under-represented challenge of eviction as a formidable cause of poverty in America, revealing how millions of people are wrongly forced from their homes and reduced to cycles of extreme disadvantage that are reinforced by dysfunctional legal systems.


$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America / Kathryn J. Edin

A revelatory assessment of poverty in America examines the survival methods employed by households with virtually no income to illuminate disturbing trends in low-wage labor and income inequality.


Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America / Barbara Ehrenreich

Nickel and Dimed is a modern classic that deftly portrays the plight of America’s working-class poor. Author Barbara Ehrenreich decides to see if she can scratch out a comfortable living in blue-collar America. What she discovers is a culture of desperation, where workers often take multiple low-paying jobs just to keep a roof overhead.

The Distance Between Us / Reyna Grande

Traces the author’s experiences as an illegal child immigrant, describing her father’s violent alcoholism, her efforts to obtain a higher education, and the inspiration of Latina authors.


Strangers in Their Own Land / Arlie Russel Hochschild

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into the heart of the bayou of Lake Charles, Louisiana, a stronghold of the conservative Right.


White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America /Nancy Isenberg

A history of the class system in America from the colonial era to the present illuminates the crucial legacy of the underprivileged white demographic, citing the pivotal contributions of lower-class white workers in wartime, social policy, and the rise of the Republican Party.


Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx/ Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Follows two teenagers coming of age in the midst of the Bronx drug trade as they experience budding sexuality, teen parenthood, and gang identity in a social examination of the challenges of family life in the face of violence.

Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America / Linda Tirado

We in America have certain ideas of what it means to be poor. Linda Tirado takes all of these preconceived notions and smashes them to bits. She articulates not only what it is to be working poor in America (yes, you can be poor and live in a house and have a job, even two), but what poverty is truly like on all levels? Tirado discusses how she went from lower-middle class, to sometimes middle class, to poor and everything in between, and in doing so reveals why poor people don’t always behave the way middle-class America thinks they should.

The Glass Castle / Jeannette Walls

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family’s nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

If you liked Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

…then try one of these similar books!

Longbourn / Jo Baker

The servants of the Bennett estate manage their own set of dramas in this vivid re-imagining of Pride and Prejudice. While the marriage prospects of the Bennett girls preoccupy the family upstairs, downstairs the housekeeper Mrs. Hill has her hands full managing the staff that keeps Longbourn running smoothly: the young housemaids, Sarah and Polly; the butler, Mr. Hill; and the mysterious new footman, James Smith, who bears a secret connection to Longbourn.

Bridget Jones’s Diary / Helen Fielding

The daily chronicle of a 30-something single English woman who is convinced her life would be perfect if she could lose weight, stop smoking and develop “Inner Poise.”


Austenland / Shannon Hale

Because her obsession with Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice,” is ruining her love life, Jane Hayes is delighted when she gets the chance to take a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women.


Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility / Hillary Manton Lodge

This hip contemporary romance combines Jane Austen-inspiration and foodie fiction in a witty and engaging tale of two sisters who are forced to uproot to unfamiliar Austin, Texas, after high rent and broken relationships force them away from their San Francisco life.


Emma: A Modern Retelling / Alexander McCall Smith

A modern rendering of Jane Austen’s classic follows the experiences of a college graduate who returns to the side of her health-nut father and interferes in the personal lives of her friends.


Persuading Annie / Melissa Nathan

Sweet, kindhearted Annie Markham is forced to turn to tough Jake Mead, the one-time love of her life who had left her seven years earlier, to help her save her family’s ailing company, in a story of love and revenge based on Jane Austen’s Persuasion.


The Dashwood Sisters Tell All / Beth Pattillo

The Dashwood sisters take a tour of landmarks in Jane Austen’s life as they carry with them a possible diary of Jane’s sister, Cassandra, wondering if the diary may have influenced one of the author’s novels and encountering love interests of their own on the tour.


For Darkness Shows the Stars / Diana Peterfreund

Elliot North fights to save her family’s land and her own heart in this post-apocalyptic reimaging of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.


Sense and Sensibility / Joanna Trollope

A modern retelling of the Jane Austen classic follows the Dashwood sisters–Elinor, Marianne and Margaret–as they, after the death of their father, must come to terms with the cruelties of life without the status of their country house, the protection of the family name or the comfort of an inheritance.

Unleashing Mr. Darcy / Teri Wilson

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman teetering on the verge of thirty must be in want of a husband. Not true for Manhattanite Elizabeth Scott. Instead of planning a walk down the aisle, she’s crossing the pond with the only companion she needs–her darling dog, Bliss.

If you like Danielle Steel…

…try one of these similar authors!

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If you liked The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas…

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Tyler Johnson Was Here / Jay Coles

When Marvin Johnson’s twin brother, Tyler, is shot and killed by a police officer, Marvin must fight injustice to learn the true meaning of freedom.


The Truth of Right Now / Kara Lee Corthron

A heart-wrenching debut novel about relationships in its many forms–families, friendships, romance–and how Lily and Dari, coming from different backgrounds and different worlds, strive to find a connection through their differences as they fight against their own individual pasts.


How It Went Down / Kekla Magoon

When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.


Dream Things True / Marie Marquardt

Evan, the nephew of a conservative southern senator, and Alma, who lives with her large, warm Mexican family, fall in love, but when Immigration and Customs Enforcement begins raids on their town, Alma knows she needs to tell Evan her secrets, but how can she tell her country-club boyfriend that she is an undocumented immigrant?

Monster / Walter Dean Myers

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.


Anger is a Gift / Mark Oshiro

A young adult debut by the popular social media personality and critic reflects the racial and economic struggles of today’s teens in the story of high school junior Moss, who in the face of a racist school administration decides to organize a protest that escalates into violence.


All American Boys / Jason Reynolds

When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn’s alternating viewpoints.


The Education of Margot Sanchez / Lilliam Rivera

Margot Sanchez is paying off her debts by working in her family’s South Bronx grocery store, but she must make the right choices about her friends, her family, and Moises, the good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood.


Dear Martin / Nic Stone

Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.


Piecing Me Together / Renee Watson

Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school’s amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.