Monday, June 27, 2011

5 "Obsuscure" Books You Should Read. My first Givaway!

So to keep my role as a book pusher intact I wanted to highlight 5 obscure books you may not know about that you should. And what better way to do that then to talk them up and then offer you one for FREE?! So, here they are. You can click on each title and read the synopsis on Goodreads.

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
This one might not be too obscure or unknown but I feel like I haven't heard enough praise for it so it belongs on my list. This book absolutely blew me away! I was so engrossed in the story I shoved it on my family when I was done and those who read it LOVED it too. 

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Now, you might have heard of this one too but passed it by because it wasn't a YA, or it didn't look like the type you might like. That's fine, but you're missing out on a book lovers book. This is one of the most beautiful, poetic, mysterious books I've ever read! You've got to stick with this one, though. A friend of mine was reading it and called me out of the blue asking what on earth I liked about it and I told her to KEEP reading. She did and a few days later...she LOVED it! I think her exact words were: "This author is awesome!" Believe me, you don't want to miss this one.

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
I dare you, I DARE you to read this first book in the series and to stop there. Yeah, it's not YA either and it's a Koontz book but wow! I mean Wow! It has a paranormal element, (you know that intrigues you) it has one of the best protagonist's EVER, and it even has romance, the sweetest kind.

A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin
If you've followed me long enough you know I've gushed about these books and Matthew Swift  before. This urban fantasy series are some of my favorite books of all time. You won't meet such a sarcastic, self deprecating, lovable character any where else. Plus he has quite the mysterious little secret that I find absolutely fascinating. The series takes place in London and the description and creations this amazing author comes up with are pure bliss!

The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
This is on the lighter side of things and it's the second in a series, but it's OK to read out of order. I laughed my way through this one in one day. It's silly and light and just made me smile. I love books that make you smile long after you've read them.

So, that's five books I think everyone should read. Now, if you're thinking, but why would I want to read any of these? Well, first, did I not just gush about each and every one? Plus, hello, you'd be getting it for free, but I hope you read all of them. ;)  Have a great week, everyone!


  1. I have not read one book on this list, but I am curious about them all. Most especially, The Thirteenth Tale which is one book that I eye all the time when at a bookstore. I usually pick it up, read the back, and think...then I put it back down. The other one that is standing out to me is The Madness of Angels. All these books I am putting on my to-read list, but those two will be the first I read.

    Thanks for this post; love these type of "lists".

  2. You can just lend any of these books to me and save your self having to give one away. I have only read Odd Thomas.

  3. I haven't read any of them, but I plan on it!

  4. I have been wanting to read A Certain Slant of Light and The Thirteenth Tale for ages now.

  5. I should've done a form for my first giveaway. Oh well. At least, I've learned from it. :)

    I've read The Thirteenth Tale. I thought it was really good and interesting. And, I really want to read A Certain Slant of Light. I just need to get to it.

  6. I love obscure books. Even if you dont do a give way please keeping reviewing them!!!

  7. Great giveaway!! Hard to pick just one book.

  8. ibeeeg, I picked up The Thirteenth Tale at the library and loved it so much I had to buy a copy of my own. That's rare for me.

    Adams family. I think I'd prefer you and your kids to destroy your own copy. ;)

    Kaye, Well I'm actually glad you haven't read any. I kept thinking maybe the books I chose weren't actually all that obscure.

    Samantha, They're both amazing. A Certain Slant of Light is a little easier read but The Thirteenth Tale is worth reading too.

    Jenni Elyse, LOL, it took me FOREVER to figure out the stupid form! But at least I did it.

    Laura, Oh, I will!

    Dana, Well, I hope people read them all. ;)

  9. Hey Jenny, I bought a Caertain Slant of Light at a yardsale yesterday and now i'm more excited to read it. A Madness Of Angels sounds really good too. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Hm, I've only read Thirteenth Tale (which rocked) and I have the Year of Secret Assignments waiting for me. I guess I'll have to move it up the pile. I could use some laughs right about now :)

  11. +JMJ+

    I've had you on my sidebar for a while, so I might as well make my readership "official" by following you on GFC as well. =)

    Thanks for the chance to read one of these books. Would you believe I haven't read any of them???

  12. Tristan, Oooo! I'm glad you got A Certain Slant of Light. It's awesome. A Madness of Angels is one of my favorite books of all time. The whole series!

    Melissa, It's excellent for a good laugh!

    Enbrethiliel, LOL! I do that all the time. I'll read someones blog everyday and then realize I'm not official a follower. I was hoping I could introduce these books so it's OK if you haven't read any.

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  14. I haven't read A Certain Slant of Light, but I really ought to! Thanks for sharing.

  15. When I use to work as a shelver at the library I remember re-shelving Odd Thomas over and over again...yet I never read it myself! I'm sad to say I've never read any of these books before! Nice contest!

  16. Janssen, Well, I hope you can get to it. It's worth it.

    Natalie, It's a good book and a great series. Better than Koontz's other books.