Every once in a while, I like to dig through my archives of reviews and see the books people have stopped talking about. Sometimes I feel like bookish hype rules the day, but to be honest, I really like reading books after the hype has died down. There’s a lot less pressure to deliver a certain kind of review, and you’re left to enjoy the novel in a suspended state – no rush to meet deadlines, no pressure from the community.
Unfortunately, because the publishing world is a business, the world keeps moving and the clock keeps ticking and things get left in the dust. So, from time to time, I like to drop a list like this for you guys. Books, really good books, that the community has stopped talking about. Some are hyped books that have passed their time, and others are solidly good books that never really got the attention they deserved.
In no particular order, if you’re looking for a great read this week, here are some recommendations!
There’s a pretty decent variety of fiction here, and I hope this list introduces or reminds you guys of some wonderful novels out there in the world! We’re got some magical realism, some fantasy, some contemporary, and American Panda and The Astonishing Color of After are two really wonderful #OwnVoices books that I can’t recommend highly enough. 🙂
Also, note my restraint on not including Tess of the Road. I recommend this book always and to everyone, but if I was going to be repetitive on a couple books, I really wanted to highlight a couple of other frequent recommendations: Echo After Echo and The Game of Love and Death. I know, I know, I’m a broken record on both of these books, but they are so fabulously wonderful and so very few community member have spoken about them. Really, all of these books are so good – all 4 and 5 star reads.
Thank you for taking a peek at these underappreciated books, and if you pick one up, definitely come back and let me know what you think!
Have you read any good books recently that never managed to get hyped in the community? If so, please let me know! I love adding books to my TBR that are underappreciated, and will read them at some point if they’re in my genres! Let me know in the comments!