We’re trying to help our readers find that next great read. If you’re looking for reading recommendations beyond the best seller lists – you’ve come to the right place. The appeal series includes a variety of books that share similar appeal factors like genre, pace, storyline, tone, writing style and/or characters.
The books is this blog post were pulled directly from Novelist based on the novel’s tone (or appeal).
According to Novelist, appeal factors (or story elements) help readers decide whether or not a book fits their style or mood.
Basically, appeal factors are elements most people don’t actively think about, but actually matter when you’re looking for a book that will “appeal” to you based on what you enjoy reading.
The recommendations below have a haunting and moving tone.
What does that mean?
Tone is the feeling that a book evokes in the reader. Is the mood of the story light and upbeat, or dark and menacing? Is it inspirational or bleak? Does the setting significantly add to the emotional content of the story? ~ Novelist
Often because of hard-hitting storylines, these books have a memorable, unforgettable quality that stays with the reader. ~ Novelist
Emotionally resonant books that make readers feel invested in both the characters and the story. ~ Novelist
Genre: Literary fiction and Short stories
Descriptors: Complex characters Compelling and Lyrical
In a debut collection of nine expansive, searching stories, the author reflects on the tenderness and vulnerability of black men and boys whose hopes sometimes betray them in a world shaped by race, gender and class—and where lucky may be the greatest lie of all.
A Japanese-American woman and a German-American man in a World War II internment camp fall in love before one is extradited and the other enlists in the U.S. Army in the hopes that a Pacific assignment will enable their reunion, a situation that is complicated by her first love and the realities of war.
Genre: Literary fiction
Descriptors: Character-driven, Compelling, Lyrical and Stylistically complex
Returning to the Cambodian homeland she fled as a child refugee decades earlier, Teera finds herself in a country of survivors and perpetrators of the Khmer Rouge holocaust before bonding with a mysterious musician who claims to have known her late father.