Sometimes we book bloggers get stuck talking about the same books over and over.
This can be for two reasons, like (1) we just are sUPER passionate about our favourites and can’t stop talking about them !!!, or (2) we legit can only retain the memory of about three books overall so that’s why we repeat ourselves.
Which am I? Ah HAH AHA HA HAHA…yeah ok fine I am the second.
I love a lot of books with wild and deep abandon and yet I forget to talk about them?! It’s a terror. But at least books aren’t the only ones who suffer, because ask me my favourite food and I’ll just say “oh…cake!” Because I always say it. But you know what else I really really like? CORN CHIPS. I would sell my siblings all for a corn chip. (MAKE ME AN OFFER.)
Anyway. It’s time to FIX MY LIFE and talk about…
TOP TEN TUESDAY: Hidden Gems
1. ALL OF STEPHANIE KUEHN’S BOOKS
You know those books that are really super disturbing and you finish them and go, “EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING IS FREAKING ME OUT” and then slap on all the stars anyway??? Here you go. This author is here to fulfil all your needs for mind bending plots, twists that make your stomach flee, tragic characters, horrible characters, mental illnesses, and everything weird of ever.
This is about a boy named Adam who is really soft and loves to bake (literally got his girlfriend through making her lasagna) and…is also dealing with very severe schizophrenia. It is such a good book and will absolutely gut you several times. It’s told in a journal format too wHICH I LOVE.
I have no idea why I don’t talk about this book??? I have failed myself. There are literally whole pages devoted to his baking, c’mon.
Clearly if a title has “words” in it, I just automatically forget it? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I don’t make the rules here! My brain does! My brain and I do not talk so don’t ask for explanations!
Anyway this is an Aussie book, but it’s published in America too. Anyhow, basic summary: BOOK TOTALLY DEVOTED TO BOOKWORMS AND BOOKSTORES. It’s the gift we all deserve and an absolutely enabler to your bookstore addictions.
(I also am sitting here realising I read this in 2016 and remember like 14% of it…but I did love it!! I need to reread wow.)
Yeah Tyler was here bUT YOUR HEART ISN’T BECAUSE IT’S LEFT THE BUILDING SOBBING. Which is the kind of literature we all need. Also this book is seriously beautifully written, heartwrenching, and #ownvoices about black kids who disappear and how it feels to have someone you love murdered by police.
It’s only been out since March so it is still a baby book…but I do wonder why it didn’t get much hype?
5. ALL THE KATRINA LENO BOOKS TOO
I am so massively cheating here by listing multiple books under one point, wow it’s impressive! I’m outdoing my usual rule breaking! Anyway I am firstly ashamed that I still down own any physical copies of her books, but they are super good and constantly underrated. Summer of Salt just came out but it’s all magical realism with sapphic romance + lowkey witches. But her older ones: The Lost & Found and Everything All At Once and The Half Life of Molly Pearce are so so good too.
REEEEAD THEM. Her books are full of anxious people and I, an anxious person, relate.
According to Goodreads, this has like 20,000 adds…which makes it emphatically NOT underrated in the world’s eyes. However I have never seen bloggers talk about it and it was published back in 2009 whICH IS PRACTICALLY NOAH’S ARK ERA. When this book came into existence I was 15 years old and thought I could exist on peanut butter alone. (Spoiler: I couldn’t. I was also allergic, wow, smartest teen ever.)
Anyway. This book is about: alcoholism and depression. It’s really tough to read at times and mostly set in a rehab facility. I love that it was about healing though! Usually books are about the downward spiral. But it’s really good!! I cry for Zach! Not as good as Aristotle And Dante, but still go read it.
7. WHITE RABBIT
This isn’t about Alice in Wonderland but it is about illegal drugs— OH WAIT. Kind of like Alice in Wonderland! (Shhh, Lewis Carroll was taking something when he wrote this, we know it.)
This, again, is a little baby book…only out since April! But hype? We don’t know her. It’s a shame, because it’s excellent. It’s a murder mystery with angsty queers (#ownvoices too) and it’s set over one night!
I also liked the author’s debut, Last Seen Leaving, but also feel that title describes me at any social situation.
I mean…I actually mention this one from time to time. But not recently so let’s just go with it: I freaking love this book and it rips out my heart and watches me cry into my tea cup. It’s about broken tragic boys, disability (ADHD and dyslexia rep) and child abuse. And it has the sweetest friendship ever. I want to reread omg.
I protest how this only has like 4,000 adds on Goodreads. Dude. This book is cute and fluffy AND deals with some seriously heavy topics (like depression and grief). It’s also about a boy with Tourette’s and I really look hard for books featuring disability so I’m glad this one is out there!
And I STILL love it even though it features wrestling?! Like I can think of few things more gross than wrestling (MAYBE ROTTEN EGGS) and yet here I am still recommending it.
10. THE WICKER KING
I’ll partially cheat here because I mention this one a lot (!!!) but I will mention it again (!!) because it is one of my downright favourite books. Definitely in my top ten (of ever) and I’ve read it twice this year and my heart still is all over the place. Adfjksald. It’s also about hallucinations + queer cast + very intense relationships/friendships + how society stigmatises mental health + tragic sad characters to steal your heart. And it hasn’t passed 10K adds on Goodreads which is criminal. It deserves the world omg.
MY #1 REC OF THIS YEAR.