Secret History-esque Novels

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  1. I haven't read The Secret History yet (I'm hoping my library will have it) but I'm reading if We Were Villians so I think I know what vibe you mean. One book that comes to mind that has the close knit group of friends with the narrator feeling like an outsider trope is Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami. It doesn't have the campus setting for the most part, but it does have the mystery element.

  2. If anyone really enjoys this book they should absolutely read Brideshead Revisited by Everlyn Waugh. It's what this book was based on. It's set in Oxford during the 1920's, but it's definitely the inspiration for this book.

  3. I adore you! I'm obsessed with the atmosphere The Secret History exudes, and have been searching for something similar for months!!

  4. I love The Secret History and this is such an amazing list! Really enjoyed The Bellwether Revivals, and I’ll be getting around to Special Topics in Calamity Physics this year. Also I just bought The Likeness because of you! 😃

  5. yesssssss!!! I just randomly thought I would youtube: "if you like donna tartt read this" because I read the secret history + the golden finch (! <3) years ago… and omg. found this video ! I LOVE the ATMOSPHERE of the book.. Donna Tartt is one of my fav authors. can't wait to check these out. thank you 🙂

  6. A couple weeks ago I went to Barnes and Noble trying to find a good book I never heard of Donna Tartt or the secret History but this was the book I chose

  7. If We Were Villains was so phenomenal, it took me by surprise and is one of my absolute favorite books of the year. I can't wait to add some more of these to my list!

  8. Good vid. "If We Were Villians" sounds good. Couple males writer's sneaked in there. Didn't expect that.
    As for Tartt's contemporaries, I found Tartt herself from being enamored of American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis, and the rest of his works, with Tartt being listed among his Brat Pack clique of writers, in the early 80's or 90's. What a cast of characters.

  9. I purchased and read "The Secret History" when it first came out and have yet to find anything that captures the mood and atmosphere of that book. It remains one of my favorite books of all times. I just got "The Likeness" on Ebook (from the library) while watching this video, look forward to reading it. Thank you for the recommendations!

  10. I have The Secret History, Calamity Physics, and If We Were Villains on my TBR. I enjoyed hearing about all these books.

  11. Thank you for this video, The Secret History is one of my favorite books of all time so I might definetely pick up most if not all of the books you mentioned! 😊

  12. audibly gasped when i saw the title for this video. added almost all of them to my TBR. thank you!!!!

  13. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova definitely fit all those elements. It is about the history of dracula, it's amazing and you should absolutely try it out!

  14. Fantastic list! I of course loved The Likeness and thought it was better than The Secret History. I do want to try some of the others you listed here. Do you think A Separate Peace would fit your list of Secret History like qualities? Its been awhile since I read it, but as you were talking that was the book that popped in my head as being like the Secret History.

  15. Tamlin by Pamela Dean has a university feel to it, chock of literary references, plenty of interesting characters. It is a fairy tale retelling of the Scottish ballad of the same name. Sadly, it's the fairy tale aspects that are the weakest point, though the aspects of the tale match up. (I wanted more detail to the fairy tale aspects of the story.) Plenty of Shakespeare references as well. Despite my disappointment of the fairy tale aspects not being as much as I wanted, this book none the less is a yearly reread.

  16. I love that you find what you liked in secret history as a means for finding books you like. Especially since you have been so anti secret history. Really good video. And your hair is gorge

  17. Thanks a lot for this list. I haven't read THE SECRET HISTORY, but I love THE LIKENESS, and my favorite aspect of it is the portrayal of the different relationships.

  18. You might be interested in Tam Lin by Pamela Dean – a retelling of the Tam Lin legend set at a tiny, liberal arts college.

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