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Top Ten Tuesday – (Five) Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About

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This Tuesday’s prompt is Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About; and it seemed a strange thing (why run a book blog if you’re not going to talk about books you enjoyed?) until I had a think about it – and it turns out I’ve got a few!


1. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
This whole series is the reason I got into YA, back when I was a library-scouring twelve-year-old; and for that, I will always love it. I don’t talk much about it, because it’s old, and E. Lockhart is more famous now for We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud; but The Boyfriend List feels like my own secret love. ❤️

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2. I’m Alice (I Think) by Susan Juby
Another ancient YA favourite! It’s a little senseless, but I don’t talk about this one because no one seems to know about it! I can’t even remember how I first found out about it, but I’m sure the Meg Cabot recommendation had something to do with it… It’s definitely an acquired taste, but I’ve never in my life read a character quite like Alice — or had such a laugh-out-loud reading experience, either. If you can get your hands on it, I highly recommend!

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3. Poison by Chris Wooding
It seems strange to say I don’t talk about this one, when I blogged about it on a recent Top 10 Tuesday; but until then, I hadn’t. Like I mentioned then, this is the book that made me want to be a writer; and apparently unknown as it is, it’s one I should really talk about more.

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4. I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert
I came across this one when I was seventeen; before ordering online was a thing, when I had to ask a bookshop that’s since gone under to order it from America. I carried it around with me for about seven weeks afterwards, and it’s still facing forward, cover showing, on display on my bookcase. I don’t talk about it much because it’s attached to a part of my past that I don’t like to dwell on; but this book helped me through depression and the most intense period of loneliness I could imagine, and for that, I will always love it.



5. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Another book by an author now famous for very different works! Better known now for Carry On and Fangirl, Attachments was Rainbow’s first book, but I’m as guilty as anyone at talking only about the rest.


What other books should we be talking about more?

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    1. Adore her too – IWBYJR carved itself a jagged place in my heart and has been lodged there ever since! I need to reread Ballads – feel like it’s one I’d really appreciate differently, a decade older and wiser!


  1. Attachments was the first book I read of Rainbow Rowell! I think it is really underrated compared to her other books besides Fangirl and Carry On it was one of my favorites by her. I hope more people read it especially since they love her other books so much! Great Post!

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