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Book Maths: This Book + This Book = This Book

Hello!  It’s Sabrina and today I have a post based off Youtube videos – specifically this one by Jen Campbell, who I guess I will never stop talking about.  I think the title sums the idea up pretty well, but basically I will be sharing three books at a time where one of them could be seen as a combination of the other two.  Hopefully that makes a little bit of sense, but if it doesn’t, I’m sure you’ll understand when I get to the examples, lol. Also, be sure to let me know if you’ve ever posted something like this before because I would love to read it 🙂

Bridge to Terabithia + We Have Always Lived In The Castle = Here There Are Monsters

To be honest, I haven’t even read the Bridge to Terabithia book, but I have seen the movie and I know I’m not going to put myself through that heart-wrenching experience again.  However, the dynamic between the brother and sister character along with the “new friend” character is similar in Here There Are Monsters.  The house being near the forest is also a parallel.  I chose to add We Have Always Lived In The Castle to the mix because it gives you a further sense of the relationship between the two sister characters in HTAM, plus there is a nice similarity with characters that partake in rituals in the forest.  It’s also got a darker atmosphere which matches HTAM better than Bridge to Terabithia alone.


The Secret History + Undead Girl Gang = The Furies

Trust me, I am fully aware of how strange this pairing sounds at first glance, but when you consider that The Furies is a great mix of dark academia and experimental witchcraft, I think it makes total sense.  In both The Secret History and The Furies, we have a new student joining a preexisting “special” group who’s dealing with their own issues… and, you know, murder.  The specific kind of witchcraft and girl group featured in Undead Girl Gang are the main reasons why I chose it for this.  Definitely not for its ultimately good friendships – because you will not find that in The Furies, in my opinion.  Also, without spoiling anything, I think the endings of both those books have some interesting similarities.


Everything Leads To You + The Broken Girls = All The Bad Apples

First of all, Everything Leads To You has an adorable f/f romance, which is something you’ll also find in All The Bad Apples.  On top of that, it has a light mystery aspect – it’s not exactly a scavenger hunt, but it has that sort of feeling – that starts with a letter and becomes a journey to find out about a particular family.  This is a significant part of ATBA as well – though I would say it is a bit heavier on the mystery, which is part of why I also chose The Broken GirlsTBG and ATBA share similarities in their exploration of the past, specifically when it comes to the treatment of ‘unconventional’ girls.Both also have a spooky atmosphere and the incorporation of the (possibly) paranormal.


A Winter’s Promise + Howl’s Moving Castle = Spinning Silver

Admittedly, this is one of my weaker groupings because some of the reasons I chose A Winter’s Promise are also reasons why I chose Howls’ Moving Castle and in addition I can’t go into details about some of those reasons because of potential spoilers (hint – it’s to do with character dynamics).  Still, AWP has a great setting and the wintery elements match up really well with Spinning Silver.  Both also, strangely enough, involve travelling through mirrors.  However, AWP is very doom and gloom whereas SS has a lot more hope and well, fun.  This is where HMC comes in, of course.  There’s also the shared aspect of fantastical travelling methods, fire demons, fairytale-esque writing and a small-town atmosphere.


Dangerous Girls + The Accident Season = The Walls Around Us

I haven’t read either Dangerous Girls or The Accident Season for a very long time, but I believe I do remember them well enough to make this comparison – plus I helpfully wrote small reviews for them both, which jogged my memory.  I chose DG for its thrilling mystery and the complicated dynamic between the two main characters – both things you’ll find in The Walls Around UsThe Accident Season factors into this also because of the mystery aspect, but mostly for the tone and atmosphere, which is dark and creepy.  Both TAS and TWAU have magical-ish elements to them that don’t take over the story but truly add to it.  Another similarity is the way the stories wrap up with everything coming together to form one clear picture in the end.

What do you think?

Do you agree with my book maths?  Have you read any of these books?  Do you have any of your own “sums” to share?  Let me know in the comments!

16 thoughts on “Book Maths: This Book + This Book = This Book

  1. I haven’t read most of these books, but I still think that your reasoning is brilliant and I had so much fun reading this post! I think I’ve seen a similar idea somewhere before, but I honestly don’t remember where.

    The one equation I always think of in terms of books is that Vicious + Carry On = Nimona. Vicious because in Nimona you have a super-villain as the main character. Carry On because the relationship between the villain and hero is pretty complex, much like Simon and Baz’s relationship is way more complex than just”mortal enemies”.

    This was such a fun post! I really hope that this becomes a trend because I’d love to see more bookish equations like these!

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  2. I do agree that The Secret History and Undead Girl Gang is weird to look at combined XD But I think I’ll give The Furies a try! You could never go wrong with dark academia. Also, congrats on this post, I fairly think that this is so hard to come up hahahahah

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  3. I haven’t read many of these books but this is such a fun post idea! I find it kind of cringey when publishers do that “for fans of” thing on books but it’s a lot more fun when it’s actual readers making the comparisons.

    I’m trying to come up with my own now! Hmmm, not totally sure if this works but The Final Empire + The Hunger Games = Nevernight 😆

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  4. Oh my goodness Bridge to Terabitha. My childhood heartbreak in a book and film. The emotions are running high. I am interested in the Here there are Monsters book now! I loved the Secret History for the writing but was a bit disappointed with the story. It had great atmosphere though. The Undead Girl Gang is on my TBR though. I am loving your book maths. If maths was taught like this in class I would’ve been a lot more interested. 😉

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  5. Book maths! I love it the idea but I can’t believe I’ve read so few books here that I can’t say if I can agree with the books you’ve chosen. Now I feel like I need to do some reading and come up with my own sums, though.

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  6. Ahh what an interesting post, I love that idea SO much! I loved Everything Lead To You and have All the Bad Apples on my TBR, I am even more intrigued by this book right now 🙂

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