Popular books are popular for a reason. They create a ripple effect from one reader to the next, until everyone knows that book’s name. But what about the books few people have heard of? I find myself picking up popular books because, well, everyone has read it! And if so many people have read it, it must be amazing, right? That’s not always true! Sometimes a book far better is lurking within the shelves of a bookstore. Some of these books you may never have picked up, so here is my list of 7 little-known books to add to your TBR (to-be-read) pile.
- Skinny by Donna Cooper– a heartbreaking and moving piece, this book details the internal and external struggle of Ever, a girl over 300 pounds. She has faced other students teasing her and looking at her with scorn, all with a little voice in her head named Skinny whispering cruel words like “ugly” and “fat” in her head. Ever decides to go through gastric bypass surgery to get rid of both the weight on her body and in her mind from Skinny. The entire novel is beautiful and saddening, connecting her past with her present.
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black– This is a vampire book that will leave you in a cold sweat as you lock all of your windows and doors. Unlike Twilight, you won’t want a vampire in your bed. Tana is at a party when she falls asleep, drunk, in a bathroom. When she wakes up, she is surrounded by corpses. The only survivors are her ex-boyfriend, who she discovers is infected, and a mysterious boy with deep and dark secrets. To save them all, she must venture into Coldtown, a locked city that can be entered but never left. A city full of vampires and the reckless.
- When We Wake by Karen Healey– A thrilling futuristic book, When We Wake details the life of Tegan, a girl living in 2027. With her friends, she protested against injustices and environment injustices. On what was meant to be a huge day for her, she dies. 100 years later, she wakes up in an isolated room. She had been frozen in time by the government, and as the first to wake, she is instantly a celebrity. But as someone who was passionate about the world, she starts to see that the future world she had imagined is nothing like it should be and is worse than it ever was before she died. She has the urge to fight for a better world, but how can she, when it is not the same world that she had?
- Curses and Smoke by Vicky Alvear Shecter- Set in the ancient city of Pompeii, this is a terrifying and heartbreaking historical novel. Long ago, Pompeii was devoured in lava by a nearby volcano, and this book details the lives of Tag and Lucia before and during the natural disaster that ripped away so many lives. Before the disaster, Tag was a slave working towards his goal of competing in a gladiatorial arena. Lucia was the daughter of a wealthy man who expects her to marry a man that can bring him more money. Little do they know, their goals are so insignificant compared to the tremors beneath their feet and rocking the earth.
- Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings– Natalie is only 14 years old when she is told she will slowly become completely blind. After years being about to see well, it is a shock that she is unable to accept. When her vision is still barely there, her parents send her to a school for the blind, but Natalie still feels that she is not a “freak”, as she calls people who are blind. She goes through an internal journey at the school, refusing a cane and to learn to read braille because she cannot accept that a miracle would not happen. A very saddening and beautiful book, it shows a journey and experience you will not ever forget.
- The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry– Contrary to the title, the focus of this eyeopening and amazing book is not mainly on the romance. Ever since she was a little girl, Natalie had visits from a god-like woman she called Grandmother. She told Natalie stories and reappeared at random moments. One day, Grandmother comes with a cryptic message, “You have three months to save him.” Left on her own, Natalie can only guess what the message means until she meets Beau, a handsome boy that seems to take over her entire world. This novel is so different from other books, exploring concepts like alternate dimensions, disguised in a book that originally looks like your typical love story.
- A Fistful of Sky by Nina Kiriki Hoffman– a truly underrated book, it is a book about magic so different from other magics written about today. Gypsum LaZelle is part of a family blessed with magic, and possibly the only one in existence, and has watched all of her siblings get their magic. At twenty years old, she has fully given up on ever getting her magic, when suddenly she falls deathly ill. When she comes out of, she feels differently, almost like an entirely new people. After accepting for so long that she would be ordinary, she gets all that she has ever wished for. However, her gift may not be like the others, nor like anything she ever expected. Faced with her own insecurities and uncertainty, she undergoes a journey that turns her into someone not at all ordinary.
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