Thursday, September 16, 2010

BBAW Topic: Books I think are Overlooked

Posted by Simcha 3:10 PM, under | 10 comments

Today's BBAW topic is overlooked books:

Sure we’ve all read about Freedom and Mockingjay but we likely have a book we wish would get more attention by book bloggers, whether it’s a forgotten classic or under marketed contemporary fiction. This is your chance to tell the community why they should consider reading this book!

Wow, where to start? In general I just wish that more bloggers made an effort to review older books and not just new releases. When I go through my blog roll it seems like everyone is reviewing the same few books which is a shame because it means that new readers, who turn to these blogs for recommendations, are missing out on discovering some great older books. Most of my favorite books were published over ten years ago and I rarely ever see them reviewed.

So here are some books and authors that I would love to see get more attention from book bloggers:

The Enchanted Forest Series by Patricia Wrede: This is a wonderful YA fantasy series about a princess who decides that instead of getting captured by a dragon and saved by a prince, as is expected of her, she would go and work for the dragon and chase off princes. I loved these books when I was younger, and still do, and I'm surprised that I rarely see any blogs bring these books up.

Lois McMaster Bujold: As I mentioned in my review below, in Israel Bujold is one of the most popular scifi authors and three of her books have won Hugo awards. Strangely enough though, I've rarely seen any of her books reviewed on a book blog. In addition to her scifi series, Bujold has also begun writing fantasy, over the past few years, and her most recent series, The Sharing Knife, is one that fans of romantic fantasy would be sure to enjoy.

Gordan Korman is my absolute favorite author of young adult books though I don't recall ever seeing his books reviewed on any of the blogs I follow. His books used to make me laugh so hard that I would have tears running down my face and I still get them out when I'm looking for a fun read. Some of my favorite books of Korman's include Don't Care High, Son of Interflux, A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag and Losing Joe's Place.
* I do want to point out though that I haven't been impressed with any of the books he wrote after 1992. Everything before that, though, is pure gold.

Half Magic by Edward Eager: A fantastic story of magic and adventure that takes place in the 1920's and features four siblings who discover a coin that makes any wish come true, half way. The kids then go on a series of adventures using the coin's magic, though they have to be careful as to how they make their wishes. I discovered my mother's copy of this book when I was younger and I quickly zoomed through it, as well as the rest of the books in the series. Despite that fact that Half Magic was written in 1954 and doesn't feature any vampires, zombies or shape-changing teenagers I think this is a book that many fantasy readers today would still really enjoy.


Oh my God, I love Edward Eager! I read those books a billion times when I was a kid. What one was your favorite? I liked The Time Garden. :)

I've read the first book in The Enchanted Forest series and loved it. I'm looking forward to the rest of them.

FABULOUS picks!!!! I love the Enchanted Forest Series by Patricia C. Wrede! I love her!
I also loved Half Magic! I didn't realize it was written so long ago, though! I'm going to have to check out your other two picks.

In response to your comment on my pick, I can totally understand how she might have annoyed you. A lot of times I find teens in books frustrating, too. I guess, though, because my circumstances were so similar to hers when I was in high school, I was able to remember that I, too, was that annoying. ;-P Sad you didn't like Prep, though.

Oh, I loved the Edward Eager books when I was young!!! Perhaps I should re-read them. Thanks for reminding me.

Half Magic sounds really good!

Oh my god, I'd completely forgotten about the Enchanted Forest series! I must have read them five times each. I'm surprised I haven't seen any mention of them in so long, thanks so much for reminding me of such an excellent series!

I have these on my tbr list, but still haven't got around to them! Thanks for reminding me of them :)

We'ver actually got 'L:osing Joe's Place' in the English section of the library. I must read it.

Eva: If you have access to Losing Joe's Place then you MUST read it! And then come back here and tell me if you loved it as much as I do.

Anna: I know. It's such a shame that these wonderful books have been forgotten. But I'm glad to see that there are other who love them too.

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