Six for Sunday: Favourite Books No-one Else Seems to Know About

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I’m starting to wonder if Steph struggles with her own prompts sometimes. This week was really HARD, which is what happens when you’re a book sheep who reads the same things as everyone else. Baaaaaa.

1. Jar Baby by Hayley Webster – This book is so overlooked and I don’t know why because it is fabulous, and beautiful in a heart-breaking kind of way. Hayley is utterly lovely too and more people should read this book and recognise her awesomeness.

2. The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway – This is another adult book. I’m sure it is popular in some places but it’s not a book I hear talked about often and it is a truly beautiful exploration mental health and loss.

3. The Devil’s Poetry by Louise Cole – This deserves to be much more popular than it is. It’s a fantastic YA thriller with a brilliant female protagonist centred around the idea that a book and a reader can save the world. If you haven’t read it, get on that. Now is a great time with the sequel having just been released.

4. Poison Study by Maria V Snyder – A girl is offered a reprieve from her execution if she agrees to become the Commander’s food tester and risk being poisoned every time she does. Poison. Assassins. Intrigue. Why aren’t you all reading this?

5. The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist – another adult book. This is a very dystopian read along similar lines to Never Let Me Go, but even more haunting, if that’s even possible. If you’re a fan of dystopia, then I urge you to hunt it down and read it.

6. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde – this is an adult book, but it’s very un-adult to read. Jasper is hilarious. It’s virtually impossible to describe and is unlike anything else I’ve read, but basically : it’s set in a world where time-travel and cloning are real things, literature is taken VERY seriously and literary disputes cause actual riots. Hades is stealing manuscripts and he’s after Jane Eyre. Thursday works for Special Ops as a Literary detective and finds she can jump into books. But can she save Jane Eyre before it’s too late? Confused yet? Read it. This is one of my favourite series of all time.

What unheard of books do you love? I’m always looking to add more to my giant mountain (range) of TBR.

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