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Jamie's picks:If you like the movie Captain Phillips, read: Hostage Three by Nick Lake: PIRATES!
If you like the show Roswell, read: Alienated by Melissa Landers: Hot alien boys on earth! As soon as I read the summary for this one I was like ROSWELL?!
If you like the movie Sliding Doors, read: Pivot Point by Kasie West: Granted there is more of a paranormal element to Pivot Point (thought it really feels mostly contemporary), there's the playing out of two paths depending on the choice the main character makes + romance element!
If you like tv show Supernatural, read: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia: I haven't read this one but my teen niece LOVED it when I gave it to her for Christmas and she couldn't stop talking about it/spoiling the whole thing for me. She kept saying it had all the same kind of elements that made her love the show (which I JUST started!).
If you like the tv show Hart of Dixie, read: Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley: I bought this one on my Kindle a while ago and was just going through my Kindle today and I was like OH MY GOSH PERFECT FOR THIS TOPIC. City girls moving to the country -- albeit different age and for different reasons!
Julia's Picks:If you like Game of Thrones, read: The Kingskiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
I feel like this is sort of cheating since Game of Thrones is a book, too. But whatever. Sunday's episode rocked my world and it's all I've been able to obsess over. Anyhoo, taking about another unfinished but rocking fantasy series, The Kingskiller Chronicles are great. It starts with The Name of the Wind and moves on to A Wise Man's Fear. Both are really good and in the vein of A Song of Ice and Fire.
If you like Downton Abby, read: The Abandoned at the Altar series by Laura Lee Guhrke
While not without it's flaws, the Abandoned at the Altar series is historical romance set smack dab in the Edwardian Era, so right around the beginning of Downton Abby. It features the new fangled invention of cars and turn of the certury awesomeness with some good romance thrown in. The first book, Wedding of the Season, did not impress me overmuch, but the second, Scandal of the Year, was great and the third, Trouble at the Wedding, was fine.
If you like The Big Bang Theory, read: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I have yet to read this puppy, but it is ready and waiting on my Nook. Since I haven't read it I am not sure if this is a romance novel or a novel with romantic elements, but it centers around a scientist who decides to do an experiement to scientifically find a wife for him. It would be like if Sheldon decided to embark on a quest to find the perfect woman for him. But in the process the doctor meets Rosie, a woman who decidedly does not meet his criteria. I bet you can guess what happens. Lots of good buzz around this one!
If you like Sherlock Holmes (the one with RDJ), read: The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
Another romance book here, but this one is super awesome and steampunky too. The heroine is the investigator and she get's saddled with the Duke after a series of unfortunate events. It's a series and I can't wait to read more. I should get on that.
If you like the Travel Channel + Food Network, read: Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper by Fuchsia Dunlap
This book is a cookbook plus travel memoir. I really enjoyed reading about her experiences with ex-pat life in China, which included the struggle to become trained as a Sichuan chef. I have a soft spot in my heart for Sichuan province and the food, since it was my home for a year, but this was truly a good book. Recipes are included and I think I've done a variation or two of the ones in there.