Every reader knows that bittersweet moment when they turn the last page of an Emily Henry book. Whether it’s the poignant romance of “Beach Read” or the captivating magic in “The Love That Split The World”, we’ve all been left wanting more. If you, too, have been captivated by Henry’s distinctive blend of evocative romance, sharp wit, and thought-provoking themes, then this post is for you.
The books suggested in this blog post aim to provide an exploration into other worlds, themes, and styles that resonate with Emily Henry’s work. From heartwarming stories laced with a touch of magic, to contemporary women’s fiction and historical fiction with a romantic twist, there’s something for everyone.
Read on to discover novels that might just be the perfect next read after your latest Emily Henry adventure.
After all, every end is just a new beginning in the world of books.
Diving Deeper into Romance and Comedy
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
“The Unhoneymooners” is a delightful dive into the realm of romantic comedy, a genre Emily Henry so expertly navigates. In this tale, we meet Olive Torres and Ethan Thomas, embroiled in a love-hate relationship that quickly spirals into a series of unexpected twists and turns.
What connects this novel to Emily Henry’s works is the perfect blend of humor, heart, and romance. Just like Henry’s characters, Olive and Ethan are relatable and realistically flawed, making their journey towards love all the more rewarding.
But “The Unhoneymooners” is unique in its own right, providing a picturesque Hawaiian setting and an engaging fake-marriage trope that adds layers of excitement and anticipation to the plot.
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
“Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating” is another Christina Lauren masterpiece that fans of Emily Henry will surely enjoy. The story revolves around Hazel Bradford and Josh Im, childhood acquaintances who reunite and embark on a series of double dates, only to realize that they might just be perfect for each other.
This book echoes the humor and chemistry that fans of Emily Henry will find familiar. The dynamic between Hazel, a whirlwind of chaos and energy, and Josh, her calm and organized counterpart, is reminiscent of the character interactions in Henry’s novels.
The uniqueness of “Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating” lies in its characters. Hazel, in particular, stands out with her unabashed quirkiness and vivacity. This book celebrates individuality and shows how love can bloom between the most unexpected pairings.
Venturing into Heartwarming Stories with a Touch of Magic
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
“The House in the Cerulean Sea” is a heartwarming tale about Linus Baker, a caseworker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, who’s given a special assignment that takes him to an extraordinary island. This book shares a common thread with Emily Henry’s works in its exploration of love in all forms and its profound emotional depth.
The element that sets “The House in the Cerulean Sea” apart is its unique premise. While it resonates with the tender human connections characteristic of Henry’s works, it adds a charmingly fantastical twist with its magical beings, presenting a poignant metaphor for acceptance and inclusivity.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
“The Midnight Library” follows Nora Seed, a woman filled with regret, who finds herself in a library filled with books of what her life could have been. Like Henry’s works, it explores personal growth, life choices, and the concept of ‘what if,’ making it a captivating read for those who enjoy introspective narratives.
What makes “The Midnight Library” distinctive is its blend of contemporary life dilemmas with a dash of magical realism, presenting a narrative that’s simultaneously familiar and fantastical. Its exploration of parallel universes offers readers a unique and thoughtful reflection on the consequences of our choices and the importance of appreciating the present.
Exploring Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
“Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” is a compelling story about a woman learning to navigate life, love, and friendship. Eleanor’s journey toward self-discovery and healing reflects the personal growth seen in Emily Henry’s characters.
While this novel shares themes of trauma and recovery with Henry’s works, its unique appeal lies in the poignant portrayal of Eleanor. She’s an unforgettable character whose quirks, resilience, and journey towards self-acceptance will leave a lasting impression on readers.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
“Normal People” explores the intricate relationship between Connell and Marianne, two individuals from different social backgrounds, as they navigate the challenges of young adulthood. Fans of Emily Henry will appreciate the complex emotions and personal growth that echo Henry’s character arcs.
What sets “Normal People” apart is its nuanced exploration of class differences and social dynamics. The novel digs deep into the characters’ emotional landscapes, offering a raw, intimate portrayal of love, friendship, and personal transformation.
Journeying into Historical Fiction with a Romantic Twist
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
“The Nightingale” brings to life the story of two sisters in France during WWII, showcasing their courage, resilience, and the strength of their bond. Emily Henry readers will connect with the emotionally charged narrative and the exploration of familial ties and love in its many forms.
The book differentiates itself through its historical backdrop and deep dive into the characters’ experiences during a time of war. Hannah’s eloquent storytelling sheds light on the women’s war, creating a narrative that is both heart-wrenching and inspiring.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
“Outlander” introduces readers to Claire Randall, a woman who mysteriously time-travels from 1945 to the 18th-century Scottish Highlands. This sweeping saga echoes Henry’s penchant for exploring love across time and space, making it a compelling pick for her fans.
The unique aspect of “Outlander” is its fusion of romance, history, and fantasy. The plot’s time-travel element adds an exciting twist to the historical backdrop and the romantic story arc. This blend of genres coupled with richly detailed settings offers readers an immersive, page-turning experience.
“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid
A glamorous film star reveals her life story, including her seven marriages, to a relatively unknown reporter. Selected for its in-depth character study and poignant storytelling, much like Emily Henry’s works.
“Oona Out of Order” by Margarita Montimore
A time-travel story about a woman who ages chronologically, but lives her life out of order. Chosen for its unique exploration of life and love across time, reminiscent of Henry’s narratives.
“Red, White & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston
A romance between the First Son of the United States and the Prince of Wales. Recommended for its charming romance and humor that echoes Henry’s style.
“The Flatshare” by Beth O’Leary
Two roommates share a flat and a bed–one using it during the day and the other at night. They communicate through notes. Selected for its quirky premise and heartfelt romance, akin to the unconventional relationships in Henry’s books.
“The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah
A family moves to Alaska, where they face the harsh wilderness and complicated relationships. Chosen for its exploration of human resilience and emotional depth, similar to themes in Henry’s novels.
“Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
The intertwined lives of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the mother-daughter duo who upend their lives. Recommended for its exploration of intricate relationships and personal growth, much like Henry’s works.
“The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion
A socially awkward genetics professor designs a scientific survey to find the perfect wife but falls for a woman who doesn’t fit his criteria. Chosen for its charming and unconventional romance, reminiscent of the quirky relationships in Henry’s books.
“The Hating Game” by Sally Thorne
Two executive assistants to co-CEOs engage in a fierce office rivalry, but their dynamic changes as they get to know each other better. Selected for its witty dialogue and romantic tension, akin to the banter and chemistry in Henry’s novels.
“An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones
A newlywed couple’s life takes a drastic turn when the husband is wrongfully convicted of a crime. Recommended for its exploration of love, loyalty, and personal growth, similar to the emotional depth in Henry’s works.
“The Light We Lost” by Jill Santopolo
Two people who meet on September 11, 2001, have their lives and relationship shaped by the events of the day. Chosen for its exploration of love and fate, themes that resonate with Emily Henry’s storytelling.
So there we have it, a curated collection of novels to satiate your reading appetite after devouring Emily Henry’s books. Each of these works not only echoes the themes and narratives familiar to Henry’s fans but also offers its own unique flavor, broadening your literary horizon.
From tales that revel in the ebbs and flows of love to narratives that delve into the human spirit, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re captivated by the enchanting world of “The House in the Cerulean Sea” or swept away by the emotional currents of “Normal People”, these books promise engaging narratives and memorable characters.
As we bid goodbye, it’s over to you now, dear reader. Venture forth and discover the magic these books hold. And don’t forget to share your thoughts, impressions, and any other recommendations you might have.