I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) in ages and…it’s a Tuesday so I thought why not! This week’s prompt is books we love but don’t talk about enough — which I have a lot of. Because I love Rainbow Rowell, but other books do exist.
1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness To be fair, this is talked about a lot by other people. Being a book of the what-I-like-to-call ‘library fiction’ genre. (No one else seems to understand what I mean by this. MAYBE IT’S JUST MY WEIRD HABITS OF GETTING BOOKS FROM EVERYWHERE.) Patrick Ness is a good library fiction author, though. His books are both actually extremely wonderful books and also perceived to be wonderful by adults who think they know what kids like to read. *coughs* And the illustrations in my edition are AMAZING.
2. Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge Another library fiction. But this is a book from the last Carnegie shortlist I enjoyed a lot! Frances Hardinge recently gained a lot of publicity when her newest book — The Lie Tree, which is also excellent — was picked as the Costa Children’s Book, but I think Cuckoo Song deserves love as well. It’s delightfully eerie and gothic.
3. The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew Man, the premise of this book is SO DARN COOL. I mean, quite scary. But cool. It’s an alternate modern setting where the Nazis won WWII, so it’s set in a contemporary Nazi England. There’s a lot of exploration of big ideas like morality and rebellion, as well as queer characters in an unaccepting society. It was very chilling, and very good.
4. Red Rising by Pierce Brown I do go through brief phases of discussion of this. Mostly when the newest book comes out. (Though I have yet to read Morning Star, #3.) I don’t read that much sci-fi, so I suppose it’s my default when talking abut the genre…? But I actually LOVE this. I think Pierce Brown takes from Roman history really well and creates awesome conflicts, Everything is just SPACESHIPS and DRAMA and ACTION YAY.
5. Half Bad by Sally Green Apparently this book is a little divisive…? I DON’T KNOW. Some of its tropes are a bit tired to begin with, but they totally get jazzed up by witches and a uniquely gritty + angsty writing style. AND HELL YEAH a) women actually are more powerful witches in this world and b) bisexual protagonist yay. More LGBTQ+ characters in fiction are always good.
6. Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa I talked about this a lot when I got it at YALC. WHY HAVE MORE PEOPLE NOT READ IT? *cries* I am mystified. It’s sort of like Eleanor & Park but with three POVs and 1000% more diverse. It’s a coming-of-age story that…I actually liked a lot.(Please don’t shout me, but Perks of Being a Wallflower is not really my favourite.) Asdfjkl my feels are coming back now.
7. Ash by Malinda Lo Overall I don’t talk about Malinda Lo nearly enough. SHE’S AWESOME. In fact, I bought Ash far before I knew anything about her, so it feels sort of special to me. There are many Cinderella retellings, but this remains a firm love of mine.
8. In Perfect Light by Benjamin Alire Sáenz Everyone is in love with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. And I think that’s a great book! It’s how I found Alire Sáenz , and it’s wonderful. But he’s actually also a poet and an adult author before he wrote Ari & Dante — like, a great one. His writing style is just asdfjkl and I really wish more people knew about his other books.
9. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys I’m a bit of a snob about historical fiction. I barely ever read it. That’s with the very large exception of Ruta Sepetys, who writes SUCH wonderful books. They don’t feel like they’re trying to teach you a lesson or anything; they’re simply excellent stories set in the past. Her characters are always amazing, and she writes in first person with such elegance and ease.
10. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth This is probably one of my favourite books ever. I have literally no idea why I don’t talk about it more. (Maybe because the author hasn’t written any other books so I’m not, y’know, flailing about news or whatever.) It’s stunning. READ IT.
Writing thise list has made me very excited about all these books I haven’t considered in a while. SHH THAT TOTALLY WASN’T THE POINT OF THE LIST. 😉 I’m very excited to say that at the end of this week, I’m off to New York! I’m SO SO SO excited for it, but I probably won’t be replying to the usual comments and tweets at the usual rate. I’m hoping to write about it on teh blog (asdfjkl EXCITE) but I’ll see you when I’m back! *waves*