Today I am going to be doing a post all about the books I don’t mention enough on here. I talk a lot about the books I have read in my wrap-ups, the new books that I have bought in hauls and the new releases that I am excited for, but there are a lot of books that I read before I started this blog that I don’t get to talk about very often because they don’t fit in in very many places. In light of that, I have decided to do this series called ‘books I don’t mention enough’, which was inspired by @emmmabooks from YouTube. Emma is one of my favourite booktubers and she has been doing this series on her channel for several years now and I thought it was a fabulous idea and a great way to talk about some of my old favourite books that I haven’t had a chance to talk about yet. Now that I have done the intro though let’s just get into the books that I don’t mention enough!
Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo
I am sure most of you have heard of Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo because it was all the rage in the book community when it came out because both Wonder Woman and Leigh Bardugo are extremely popular in their own right, so I don’t really know what people expected when you put them together. This was actually the first book I had read by Leigh Bardugo and I loved it! If you have been reading my blog for a few months now then you will be well aware of my new found love/obsession with everything Leigh Bardugo. Wonder Woman is one of my favourite films as well, so it is no surprise really that I love this book.
The book itself follows a similar plot to the movie, but has some very ‘Leigh Bardugo-esc’ twists to it. the group dynamic between the main characters is amazing (I would expect nothing less from a Leigh Bardugo book though) and she takes the plot further than the film did. I don’t want to give anything away, but it really is an amazing book and if you love either Leigh Bardugo or Wonder Woman then you should definitely give it a read. I don’t feel like I talk about this book nearly as much as I should because I read it at the beginning of 2018 while I wasn’t really writing on my blog, so it never really got a chance to feature on here, but now it has and I hope I have convinced at least one person to pick it up.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
This is a much more recent read of mine, so you may have heard me talk about it in a wrap-up a few months ago, but I haven’t really mentioned it much since. ‘Starfish’ is about a Japanese-American girl who desperately wants to get into art school. When that doesn’t happen she ends up going on a trip with one of her childhood friends where a whole load of things happen. The reason I loved this book so much was because of the amount of difficult topics it covered. It dealt with re-kindling old friendships, severe social anxiety, the confusion the main character felt at being treated as a foreigner because of how she looks even though she is American, abusive parents, sexual assault and so much more. I will put a massive trigger warning on this book for sexual assault and emotional abuse, so definitely don’t read this if you think those topics may trigger you. If you do think you are able to read this book though, then I highly suggest it because it covers so many important topics and taught me so much whilst also just being a really great read.
The Girl at Midnignt Trilogy by Melissa Grey
This is a trilogy that I have loved for years now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of it. I picked up the first book when it first came out about 3 or 4 years ago on a whim and read it in one sitting before realising that I would have to wait a whole year for the second installment. *insert grumpy emoji here*. I picked up the second and the third book on release day and read them in one sitting just like the first book before doing a re-read of the whole trilogy, so that I could fully appreciate it without forgetting little details. This was one of the first series I really loved when getting into reading and I think it is so underappreciated. I haven’t heard anyone else in the book community talking about them and whenever I mention them I just met with confusion and blank faces.
To give you an idea about what they are about I will briefly explain the synopsis of the first book: Our main character is a run-away human girl called echo who lives in the New York Public Library. She is informally adopted by a centuries old creature called the Ala who has feathers for hair and magic running through her veins. An ancient war, which has been going on for centuries then threatens her new found magical family, so she has to go on the hunt for the elusive mythical being called the firebird. I thought this trilogy was amazing and gives me the same kind of vibes that I got while reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
The Starcrossed Trilogy by Josephine Angelini
You might have heard of the Starcrossed trilogy, but if not then you may have heard of the author Josephine Angelini purely because she has written a hell of a lot of books. This was a trilogy that I read several years ago and I marathoned it in under a week because I just couldn’t put them down. I can’t really tell you much about the quality of the writing or if there were any tropes or similar things because I did read it several years ago and I was not at all a critical reader then, but I can vouch for my enjoyment of the series. The Trilogy reminds me a lot of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series because it is based around Greek Mythology, but it is aimed at an older audience and explores the darker side of mythology. We still have demi-gods and gods just like in Percy Jackson, but it is a very different take on demi-gods and mythology in general and the main difference is that the Gods the ultimate bad guys. This books is very romance heavy, so if you don’t like romance you may not like this book, but I really enjoyed it for the trashy fan-service romance and the Greek mythology, which I am obsessed with.
The School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani
‘The School for Good and Evil’ series are the last books I am going to talk about in today’s post about books I don’t mention enough. This is a middlegrade series about two girls who get taken away to the schools for good and evil, but they are put in the ‘wrong school’ and a whole load of chaos ensues from there. I read these books back in about year 5 or 6, so I was about 10 and I loved them, but back then it was only a trilogy. It is now however not a trilogy because the author has written another book, which I was not expecting, but am never the less very pleased about. I haven’t read it yet as it has been about 5/6 years since I read the original trilogy, so I am going to have to go back and re-read those books before I carry on with the series, but I am very excited to do that. They are as action-packed as most YA novels and tackle some heavy moral topics, but they are written in a slightly easier way, so they aren’t as heavy, which I really like. It means I can still enjoy the stories I usually read, but it doesn’t take as much out of me. I know middlegrade isn’t everyone’s thing, but if you do like it or if you know someone around the age of 9-12 then I recommend you picking them up.
Those are 5 of the books/series that I feel I don’t mention nearly enough on this blog! I have a fair few more that I could talk about, so tell me down below if you want to see another one of these. I think this was such a good idea of Emma’s because not only does it give us a chance to talk about books we wouldn’t usually, but it also helps other people discover some maybe lesser known books that aren’t widely talked about. What books do you not talk about enough? Are there any books that you feel like don’t get talked about nearly enough? Tell me down below and we can chat about them!
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