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This list turned into more of a rant on under appreciated books, but non the less, in no particular order:
1. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
I realize that House of Leaves has pretty loyal cult following, but this book is so great and so different from other books that it would sadden me to see it pass by widely unheard of.
2. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
As depressing as this book is, it is so good and so wonderfully written. Definitely one that shouldn’t be forgotten.
3. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
I love this book, it has been my favorite since high school. Janet Fitch’s writing is like milk and honey and is actually a large part of why I tend to write the way that I do. I wish more authors would write with the magic that she does.
4. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Judging from the reviews on good reads, I feel that this book was largely misunderstood. It seems that most who picked up this book became fixated on the fairy tale fracturing and less on David’s story. I adore this book and hope that others’ negative views of it won’t cause The Book of Lost Things to become lost (pun emphatically intended).
5. Ray Bradbury
Even though this isn’t a book, I feel like Ray Bradbury’s work in general needs more love that it tends to get.
6. Chocolat & The Girl with No Shadow by Joanne Harris
These two books are beautiful and amazing. The way in which Harris writes makes even the most mundane things seem magical, not to mention the stories themselves fill the senses with beauty and magic and wanderlust.
Again, not a book, but I feel that poetry is horribly lacking in the literary field right now. There needs to be a resurgence, if you ask me.
8. Failure to Zigzag by Jane Vandenburgh
This book is so wonderful that I am constantly shocked by how unheard of it is. It is beautifully written and needs to be shared with the world.
9. His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman
With Harry Potter coming out around the same time, the His Dark Materials trilogy undeservedly fell on the wayside and deserves more attention than it got.
10. Books with Depth
So many people are looking fast or easy reads, I feel like books with any real depth to them are being widely passed over. I’m sure a lot of people will disagree with me on this one, but I just feel that the books that are popular now don’t really hold a candle to the depth and beauty books of the past held.