[Chat] Books No One Talks About

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Okay so this title might be misleading because I have no real proof that no one is talking about these books, but I have yet to come across them. It is really hard when you are looking for reviews to find anything on books that aren’t hyped up or YA (for me at least), so I thought it might be cool to quickly jot down a few books I loved that don’t seem to be popular out in the blogosphere.

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Generous-hearted and wickedly insightful, The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing maps the progress of Jane Rosenal as she sets out on a personal and spirited expedition through the perilous terrain of sex, love, and relationships as well as the treacherous waters of the workplace. With an unforgettable comic touch, Bank skillfully teases out issues of the heart, puts a new spin on the mating dance, and captures in perfect pitch what it’s like to be a young woman coming of age in America today.

I picked this book up on a whim from a second hand bookstore and read this before I used Goodreads which is a good thing because it has polarising reviews. I think these must be some of the more honest accounts of relationships, sex and life in general that I’ve ever read. Hilariously witty and full of heart, I thought this strange narrative style worked perfectly and was a huge surprise.

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Centuries ago, sibling rivalry tore Aramith apart. As punishment, the losers were stripped of their immortal birthright and banished to Earth. There, they wasted away from old age and diseases. However, there is hope… If a Shaw child, born on the 12th day of the 12th month offers her soul in a public sacrifice, then the exiles will be forgiven and welcomed home to Aramith.

Aubrey Shaw is that child, but dying for the exiles is not on her to-do list. Using her gift as a Jumper, Aubrey leaps between bodies to escape relentless shape-shifting hunters. Only, shedding her skin is not enough. 

This book starts right in the thick of it and sets the best tone for the rest of the book as everything is go-go-go from the beginning. I felt my heart skip a beat a few times when I thought shit was about to hit the fan because the writing is that captivating.The paranormal overtones were really easy to follow and also just super cool. This was a book I requested off NetGalley and is still to this day one of the best books I’ve picked up off the site. Also, look at the cover!

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There is a pecking order to every family. Seventeen-year old Clare is the overprotected baby; Peter is the typical, rebellious middle child; and Luke is the oldest, the can’t-do-wrong favorite. To their mother, they are a normal, happy family.

Clare loves Luke, but life as his sister hasn’t been easy. And when he comes home (again), she wants to believe this time will be different (again). Yet when the truths behind his arrests begin to surface, everything Clare knows is shaken to its core. And then Luke is arrested. Again.

Except this time is different, because Clare’s mom does the unthinkable on Luke’s behalf, and Clare has to decide whether turning her back on family is a selfish act…or the only way to keep from drowning along with them.

This is a sad story about a family dealing with the actions of their eldest son; namely the relationship between the son and the youngest daughter. This explores the depths of unconditional love, the actions we overlook and the flow on effect of an individual’s actions. You can’t help but be drawn into this family and every struggle will pull at your heartstrings.

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Walid was a model prince: handsome, intelligent, skilled in the arts of warfare and poetry. But the kingdom boasted one greater poet than he, and out of jealousy Walid cursed the man to create an impossible work of art: a carpet showing the history of the entire human race. The poet died weaving it. Men went mad seeing it. And when it is stolen, Walid discovers his life’s quest: to recover the carpet and earn forgiveness for his mistakes. Inspired by the story of a real king of pre-Muslim Arabia, LEGEND is a magical fantasy, a meditation on destiny, and an utterly thrilling adventure.

I picked up a hardback copy of this book from a yearly charity book sale because I thought the cover was beautiful – little did I know that the story inside would transcend everything. I think this may be one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. The redemption story didn’t feel trying or overdone and Walid’s journey was absolutely beautiful. Reading about Hammad’s sincerity despite his circumstance was heartwarming and I loved how his poetry and his work forever changed the way Walid would lead his life.

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Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret—a dark and terrible secret that she can’t confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder.

Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret—a dark and terrible secret that she can’t confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder.

This is such an interesting little book. This was a second hand purchase that was admittedly a cover buy but I ended up being completely drawn in to Zoe and her little secret. The use of letters to tell the story was brilliantly crafted and I thought the reason why Zoe wanted to write to a death row inmate was heartbreaking.

So, those are my quick picks. Is there a book you’ve enjoyed that isn’t getting enough love?

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