If You’ve Read: Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
I recommend the anime: Haibane Renmei
This book actually influenced the anime in some ways. Both are quite dream-like evocative stories about characters who wake up in a walled town without memories of their lives beforehand. Highly recommended.
If You’ve Read: The Storified Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
I recommend the anime: R.O.D the TV series
I love how both of these stories are about building unusual families and unexpected friendships. Bonds between very different bibliophiles are so fun to explore.
If You’ve Read: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
I recommend the anime: The Devil is a Part-timer!
I enjoy clashes between the human and the supernatural in these contrasting stories about fairytale creatures who enter our reality:
In ‘The Darkest Part of the Forest,’ Hazel dreams of becoming a knight who can hunt monsters between the human and the fae worlds.
In ‘The Devil is a Part-timer,’ a demon king is hunted by a female knight after he crosses over into the human world.
If You’ve Read: White Cat by Holly Black
I recommend the anime: Fruits Basket
I love stories about curses and families. Both have stories with conflicted characters and complex families.
If You’ve Read: Mistborn by Bandon Sanderson
I recommend the anime: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
Both stories explore intense worlds with layered political groups, complex histories and compelling characters. Both worlds have unique magical systems with strict laws and protagonists who are gifted with certain abilities.
*Thanks to Aentee of Read at Midnight for requesting this list!*
Note: This post was drafted while I was watching Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. Feel free to recommend an anime or a book below!