Ten Books I Wish More People Were Talking About

Posted September 11, 2018 by Amber in Memes / 29 Comments


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 HartmanTess 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?


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29 responses to “Ten Books I Wish More People Were Talking About

  1. I’ve been seeing the Poppy War starting to be read by a lot of booktubers – so hopefully more people will be aware of it soon! *_* It sounds so good – I must read it.

    Also AHH TESS OF THE ROAD!!! I LOVEEED Seraphina, so I can’t wait to read Rachel Hartman’s other books!

    My TTT post!

    • Amber

      Oh yay – so glad to hear that The Poppy War is starting to pop up! 😁 It was excellent. Tess of the Road is VERY different from Seraphina but I really loved it – I hope you do too!

  2. Fantastic list 🙂
    I think it depends a bit on your circles, because I have seen so much love for Love, Hate & Other Filters and The Poppy War all over my Twitter and the blogs I read. But both books are FANTASTIC and definitely deserve all of the hype ever.
    I think the only stuff I’ve seen about How To Build A Girl has been negative because of the author’s exclusionary feminism.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk

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    • Amber

      I definitely agree about the circles – I saw a lot about LH&OF before it came out, but I do t think many of those people have read it yet (or maybe they didn’t like it and that was the problem?). I’m glad to hear they’re both out there, though!

      Re: How to Build a Girl… I guess I didn’t really feel the feminism in it was exclusionary? At least not intentionally – it felt like Johanna was most likely molded through her own experiences, which do exclude race and have limited LGBTQ+ exposure. Never felt at any time she was intentionally shunting out other women, but I can see where it may be disappointing to have a hyped book all about feminism only reflect the white, bi experience.

  3. Great list! I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, but I do love witches so I need to get to The Price Guide to the Occult soon. I’m planning to read The Poppy War soon, it sounds amazing, and I’m glad to hear you talk about Tess of the Road. Honestly I had no intention of reading it after seeing so many of those early reviews, but I love a character-based story so I think I’ll check it out at some point.

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    • Amber

      The theme with the early reviews of Tess of the Road is that it is a slow-paced book. The character has internal struggles instead of external ones, so it’s a departure from what’s really popular right now. It’s a book that really needs to be savored slowly, so if you’re not in the mood for that, or if you don’t enjoy a slow-paced book from time to time… I can see why people got bored? But I REALLY liked that one – still my favorite this year.

  4. In the circles I run, The Poppy War has been all over the place. Even one of my friends is reading it and we live in a non-English country. However, it’s a matter of perception, as you wrote. Sometimes a book is really popular and I don’t have a clue even after reading it.

    I’m hoping to read Love, Hate, and Other Filters soon. It seems such a great book that deserves all the love.

    Happy readings! 😉
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

    • Amber

      Yeah, I’m hearing that a lot about The Poppy War! I’m glad it’s getting around, if not in my circle. It was excellent!

      LH&OF is a well rounded read – great friendships, cute love story, and Muslim Indian rep. I do know #OwnVoices bloggers have had mixed feelings about the rep as it didn’t necessarily match their experience… but I think it’s still worth a read. 🙂

    • Amber

      Everyone in my circle as a kid read them through – Artemis Fowl took us from middle school into college!!! If the film next year does well, I think we’ll be seeing a new generation reading these. 😉 They’re still fun as an adult, though the first three are a little simple… very MG. 🙂

  5. OH this is such a great list – you make me want to read Not The Girl You’re Looking for every single time I stop by your blog haha, that makes me really happy, and also sad because I can’t buy it right now, but I WILL and I am impatient 😀
    I’ve been eagerly anticipating The Wicked Deep, because it sounds so mysterious and kind of my thing… it seems like I’ll have to add Price Guide to my TBR just as well now, thank you very much 😛

    • Amber

      Haha my absolute pleasure – always happy to tout my favorite reads this year! I hope you enjoy it… now I’m starting to worry that I’m overselling it! XD

  6. I love Hyperbole and a Half! So much fun and so silly. I think the biggest influencer for adding books to my reading list is probably seeing it on other blogs or mentioned on Twitter. Maybe because I’m browsing blogs and twitter more often than other sites? Here’s my TTT.

    • Amber

      I agree – if I see someone else is reading a book, it’s always the “oooo, what’s that?” and boom it’s on my TBR! 😂

  7. Hyperbole and a Half is a book I’ve heard so many good things about, I’d like to get a copy. And I’ve read a Sarah Glenn Marsh book but not that one- I would like to read it!

    • Amber

      It’s a lot of fun – the first 3 books are middle grade so they’re quite light and entertaining. It gets deeper after that. 🙂

    • Amber

      Both Tess and Poppy War are really good, but I’d recommend Tess first! I read it back in Jan.-Feb. and it’s still my favourite book of the year!