I love to shout about the books I love.
You may have noticed that pattern among book bloggers – you may love to do it yourself. Some books – like The Night Circus or Ready Player One – everyone is talking about. But then, there are books you think were fantastic, but people just aren’t talking about them as much as you think they deserve.
For me, this encompasses most the books on my shelf. If I own it, I probably love it, and want to talk about it. How about you? Here are some books I la-la-love, that I wish got more buzz. Some of them are a little older than I don’t think got enough buzz at the time, or that I think need a revival. All of them are great.
Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi / Aminah is an #OwnVoices author and this book is her debut and I can’t believe more people aren’t talking about it because I thought it was fantastic. Nothing here is sugarcoated and I feel like a lot of people can really relate to Lulu.
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang / This book wasn’t even on my radar until it popped up as a book club read for me? I grabbed it because “why not?” and holy crap you guys. This is absolutely brilliantly written, and since it’s an Asian-based fantasy, it’s also a breath of fresh air in the genre.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer / This is an old book, but this series should be back in the spotlight. It’s quirky and fun, and there’s a movie in the works direct by Kenneth Branagh who is historic for closely following the source material.
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman / Tess went down hard in the early reviews, getting DNF’d by a lot of people because it’s a slow-paced, character-driven fantasy. It was also one of the most powerful, meaningful fiction books I’ve ever read and WTF universe, more press please!
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh / This book is 4.18/5 on Goodreads and was a Goodreads Choice winner in 2013 and yet I feel like for all the fans of Allie’s blog back in the day, this book doesn’t pop up nearly enough. It’s relatable, it’s hilarious, and I always pull it off my shelf when I need a pick-me-up.
Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed / Another Muslim Indian girl story that just isn’t getting a lot of press? Why? Is the world not ready for this much diversity? It should be! Samira’s debut is packed with feeling and reminders to be better people.
Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Cappetta / The author herself ought to make you want to pick this book up – she writes beautifully and passionately. Add on the fantastic racial and sexual identity rep in this one, and it should have been blowing up.
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran / This book made me laugh out loud so many times and the sequel just dropped earlier this summer. It’s a feminist story, a story about the music biz, about taking control of your sexuality and it’s just really good. I don’t know anyone who’s read it.
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh / There are not enough necromancer books in the world and while the book blogging world went absolutely gaga over the cover (as it should), this one sort of disappeared into the cavernous depths of TBRs never to be heard from again. There are great characters and a cool magic system – this should not be forgotten.
The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton / When The Wicked Deep blew up this summer, I thought Price Guide would follow. They both have the same Pacific Northwest witchy vibe, both books are spooky and fantastic. Both have a romance that gets a little in the way of the story but if you like The Wicked Deep, you really need to pick up this one. Plus the book itself is gorgeous.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was:
Hidden Gems (which books haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly that you think deserve some recognition?)
There are a lot of books that have fallen into obscurity, but I realize that may also be perception? I was told recently that someone has been seeing The Poppy War all over the place, but that hasn’t been my experience at all? Sometimes it’s just the circles you run in! Either way, these are all books I really enjoy, and I recommend them to everyone! 🙂
What books have you read that you wish more people would read?
What is the biggest influencer to you adding books to your TBR (Goodreads reviews, advertising, etc.)?
Which of these book have you actually seen everywhere?