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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. ❤️
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!
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.
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.
What other books should we be talking about more?