This week’s challenge is Hidden Gems! I am so excited about this one because I have a few favorites that I consider hidden gems. If you have been following me on Instagram for a while, you will not be surprised by my list but hopefully, I can still recommend some unique titles.
These recommendations are listed in no particular orders, except for #1! It is a book I strongly feel any fantasy fan should try…when it comes out on September 25th.
Chuck Palahniuk novels
Some of my favorite Palahniuk books are Invisible Monsters, Survivor, Diary, and Lullaby. I really couldn’t pick a single favorite out of those 4. Haunted is my personal favorite of his works, but it’s kind of an anthology within a novel. I always hesitate to recommend Haunted because it is very gruesome (as is a lot of Palahniuk’s writing). If you are into books that really dig into the ugly side of life, give one of his a try.
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Now obviously a lot of readers know Sabriel, but I didn’t find it until very late in my reading life so I always like to include it on lists like this. It’s an older YA book and an amazing story. Sadly, the subsequent book (Lirael) was not a great read for me, but I love the first book with all my heart.
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
If you are looking for a spooky quick read to add to your Halloween TBR, look no further than Through the Woods. This horror anthology packs a punch. You will find at least 1 story to make you look inside yourself, or be afraid of what’s outside.
The Refrigerator Monologues
Initially, I saw a lot of buzz for The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M Valente and I adored it so I feel the need to post here as a reminder to people to read this book! It’s so great and will help you process your feeling for all your favorite fridged femmes.
This recommendation is a graphic novel. It is currently 3 volumes long and tells the story of a young girl adopted by a forest spirit-type creature. I love the atmosphere and the spooky vibe of the story. I would definitely give it a try if you liked the animated show Over the Garden Wall.
The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy
This is a short story about a small town plagued by a mysterious curse. Because it’s a novella, I don’t want to say too much, but it’s great if you like somewhat violent modern fairytales.
October Daye series
A lot of people know Seanan McGuire’s amazing Wayward Children series. I love Every Heart a Doorway so much, and through it and Milana over on acouplereads.com I came to know and love the Toby Daye series as well. The first book is Rosemary and Rue and they make great fall/winter reads.
Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne
I recently read and reviewed the sequel to this one (Umbertouched) and even though it didn’t quite live up to my expectation, I still highly recommend Rosemarked. The book takes a deep dive into mental disorder, chronic illness, and the ways society mistreats those suffering from both. It was a real breath of fresh air for me, and I think more people should give it a try.
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
If you haven’t found a book that scared you in a while, you will be scared by The Silent Companions. Everyone I have recommended this book to so far has loved it, and yelled at me a little bit for the ensuing nightmares. Great for anyone who loves classic, gothic horror.
Give the Dark my Love by Beth Revis
A lot of readers know Beth Revis from her Star Wars novels, but this was the first novel of hers I read. I was so surprised by my love for it. You can read my full review here, and the book comes out really soon so please do consider pre-ordering and supporting this amazing piece of Fantasy.
Have you read any of these hidden gems? Have any to recommend me? Let me know in a comment. Happy reading!