‘The Mirror & the Light’: Waiting for it? Loved it? Try these titles!

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph

I love how much our community uses the library. Sometimes that means waiting for the hottest titles. Don’t fret! I can help you find a similar reading experience to THAT book you are waiting for or that you finally read and loved. 

You can find all of the title suggestions below available in your digital library through Media on Demand and Libby and/or Hoopla.

The Mirror & the Light read-alikes


The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

Why you should try it: If you’d rather start at the beginning of the saga that is the Tudor family, what better place to start than with Henry VIII’s grandmother?

Description: A tale of the Wars of the Roses follows Elizabeth Woodville, who ascends to royalty and fights for the well-being of her family, including two sons whose imprisonment in the Tower of London precedes a devastating unsolved mystery.

Stream & download with: Hoopla (digital audiobook), Media on Demand & Libby (ebook)

The Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle

Why you should try it: Catherine Parr, last wife of Henry VIII, would outlive her husband and develop beneficial relationships with all three of her stepchildren.

Description: A tale inspired by the life of Henry VIII’s sixth wife follows her reluctant marriage to the egotistical and powerful king in spite of her love for Thomas Seymour, a situation that compels her to make careful choices in a treacherous court.

Stream & download with: Hoopla (digital audiobook)

Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir

Why you should try it: Never forget: Katherine was the first wife, and her marriage to Henry VIII is legendary in both its beginnings and its ending.

Description: Spanish princess Katherine of Aragon, after being widowed from the future King of England, marries his brother and shares a happy marriage that is overshadowed by her failure to bear a healthy son and the king’s growing obsession with another woman.

Stream & download with: Media on Demand & Libby (ebook)

The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner

Why you should try it: Instead of reading about her parents and stepmothers, you can jump right to Elizabeth I, before she became queen.

Description: In 16th-century England, Brendan Prescott enters a world of danger and lies when he reluctantly agrees to work as a double agent for Princess Elizabeth’s protector, William Cecil. 

Stream & download with: Hoopla (digital audiobook)

The Bear & the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Why you should try it: This wild card choice combines all the court intrigue of Mantel’s novel with the rugged and fantastical landscape of Russian history and fairy tales.

Description: A novel inspired by Russian fairy tales follows the experiences of a wild young girl who taps the mysterious powers of a precious necklace given to her father years earlier to save her village from dark and dangerous forces.

Stream download with: Media on Demand & Libby (ebook and digital audiobook)

Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph

About Dontaná

Dontaná is a Collection Management Librarian who was born with an unending reading list. She is almost always reading two books simultaneously and is easily distracted by cool covers.  

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